Stephen Fry says that child abuse victims' self-pity gets none of my sympathy'
Stephen Fry has sparked outrage after criticizing the idea of safe spaces and trigger words, and saying that child victims of sexual abuse should 'grow up' and not feel sorry for themselves.
The actor, author and television personality made the controversial comments during an interview with Dave Rubin on the current events TV show The Rubin Report.
Mr Rubin asked Fry about whether he considered 'the regressive left, coming after language and free speech' to be an issue in Britain.
Stephen Fry has sparked outrage after criticizing the idea of safe spaces and trigger words, and saying that child victims of sexual abuse should 'grow up' and not feel sorry for themselves
The actor, author and television personality made the controversial comments during an interview with Dave Rubin on the current events TV show The Rubin Report
Fry, 58, replied: 'We fear that it’s going to happen more and more because America leads and Britain follows in all kinds of ways.'
pre bonded hairHe added, referring to controversy over a statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College in Oxford: 'I think it started to happen in Britain with the attempted removal of statues of people who are considered unlikable - who were once beloved - and have become in a very 1984 way, "unpersons"'.
Fry went on to say that he believes some people are becoming too sensitive, criticizing those who avoid 'trigger words' for fear of controversy.
He cited Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Macbeth as examples of plays that would nowadays be considered to be 'triggers' as they contain rape and murder respectively.
Fry, pictured here in Beverley Hills with his husband Elliot Spencer on March 21, went on to say that he believes some people are becoming too sensitive, criticizing those who avoid 'trigger words' for fear of controversy
Fry said: 'There are many great plays which contain rapes, and the word rape now is even considered a rape.
We’re all very sorry that your uncle touched you in that nasty place – you get some of my sympathy – but your self pity gets none of my sympathy
'They’re terrible things and they have to be thought about, clearly, but if you say you can’t watch this play, you can’t watch Titus Andronicus, or you can’t read it in an English class, or you can’t watch Macbeth because it’s got children being killed in it, it might trigger something when you were young that upset you once, because uncle touched you in a nasty place, well I’m sorry.
'It’s a great shame and we’re all very sorry that your uncle touched you in that nasty place – you get some of my sympathy – but your self pity gets none of my sympathy.'
The QI host added: 'Self pity is the ugliest emotion in humanity.
'Get rid of it, because no one’s going to like you if you feel sorry for yourself.
'The irony is we’ll feel sorry for you if you stop feeling sorry for yourself. Just grow up.'
Fry's comments have led to a storm of outrage on social media, with one woman calling it 'a sad day for victims of sexual abuse and for those with mental health problems'
Another woman took to Twitter to call the QI host's comments 'appalling'
remy hair extensionsFry's comments have led to a storm of outrage on social media, with one woman calling it 'a sad day for victims of sexual abuse and for those with mental health problems'.
Another said: 'Stephen Fry's comments on child sexual abuse are appalling. You do not tell a victim of something like that to just "grow up"'.
And Twitter user @dannirachelw said that Fry - who she used to admire - would never regain her respect 'after saying such horrific things'.
And Twitter user @dannirachelw said that Fry would never regain her respect 'after saying such horrific things'
But Cate Longworth was on the comedian's side. She said: 'It's really becoming tedious how hysterical people get over any public comments. Stephen Fry is entitled to his opinion... Carry on'
But Cate Longworth was on the comedian's side. She said: 'It's really becoming tedious how hysterical people get over any public comments. Stephen Fry is entitled to his opinion... Carry on.'
And Abigail Damms thinks people have got the wrong idea about Fry's comments. She wrote: 'Stephen Fry actually said issues are complex and people infantilise them.
'The "grow up" comment was about those people, not abuse victims per se.'
And Abigail Damms thinks people have got the wrong idea about Fry's comments
Caitlyn Jenner's docu-series has officially been cancelled after two seasons.
The 66-year-old confirmed weeks of rumours that I Am Cait is coming to an end on her Twitter page on Tuesday.
'After 2 amazing seasons of @IAmCait, it's time for the next adventure,' Caitlyn shared. 'Thank you E! & thank you to the best girlfriends I could ask for!'
Coming to an end: Caitlyn Jenner (pictured last month) confirmed on Tuesday that I Am Cait has been cancelled after two seasons
The news doesn't come as a surprise following much speculation that the show would not return due to low ratings.
I Am Cait debuted strong in July of last year, with 2.73million viewers tuning in for the series premiere.
However the show failed to hold onto its audience in its second season.
perruques cheveux naturelsJust 860,000 viewers watched the season two finale, with ratings dipping as low as 480,000 during the season.
'Thank you E!': The 66-year-old announced the news on her Twitter page and said 'it's time for the next adventure'
Sharing her story: The docu-series followed Caitlyn after her gender transition
'There just weren’t enough viewers,' a source told Radar Online earlier this month. 'The show can’t compete with other programming.'
E! released a statement shortly afterwards saying that 'no decision had been made' at that time regarding the future of the show.
I Am Cait followed the life of the Olympian, who was born Bruce, after her gender transition.
The series was announced by E! immediately after Caitlyn's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015, in which she revealed she identifies as female.
perruques cheveuxLosing its audience: The show debuted strong, but failed to hold onto viewers during its second season
Call me Caitlyn: The series was announced by E! immediately after Caitlyn's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015, in which she revealed she identifies as female
Caitlyn starred in the show alongside other members of the transgender community, including Jennifer Finney Boylan, Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore, Zackary Drucker and Kate Bornstein, and famously clashed with her co-stars over her support of the Republican party.
Jenny shared on Facebook following the news: 'It's official as of today-- I AM CAIT will not be renewed for season 3. I am so very proud of being part of this show, and of its creators Andrea Metz and Jeff Olde in particular, who directed us with passion and grace.
'I am grateful for the warm friendships I made with Chandi Moore and Candis Cayne and @katebornstein and Zackary Drucker and @ellagieselle and all of you. (and Kip Zachary and Courtney Nanson, who made us look so fine!) There is more work to do, and I send everyone my love.'
'I am so very proud': Jennifer Finney Boylan shared a Facebook post thanking her cast-mates following the cancellation
'It was one of the best times of my life': Kate Bornstein also tweeted after hearing the news
She added: 'Official word from the network today- a hard choice for them, I know. I'll have more to say about this in weeks to come, but for now I'll simply say I'm proud of everything we accomplished, and I send everyone involved my very sincere gratitude, and my love.'
And Kate tweeted: 'Ah, #iamcait is done now. It was one of the best times of my life. Made such good forever friends. #allshowsclose.'
Caitlyn's ex-wife Kris Jenner, daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and former step-daughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian also made appearances on I Am Cait during its run.
Support network: The Olympian was joined on the show with fellow members of the transgender community, including (L-R) Chandi Moore, Candis Cayne, Ella Giselle and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Lady Gaga is to star in the remake of THE hit musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper, who also makes his directorial debut with the weepie.
The movie is due to start production next year in California and Gaga will compose and perform new music for the soundtrack.
lace front wigsThe 30-year-old's name was first mentioned in association with the project back in June but her casting was confirmed on Tuesday by Deadline Hollywood.
She was born for it: Lady Gaga, seen at Tony Bennett's 90th birthday bash earlier is August, is to star in the remake of hit musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper
The movie tells the story of a young singer-actress who finds fame and romance after she captures the heart of a fading movie star, to be played by Bradley, 41.
As his plummeting career and alcoholism take their toll, her star continues to rise.
The new film is the third remake of the original love story released 80 years ago in 1937.
Back then, Janet Gaynor played the ingenue and Fredric March was the falling star. Judy Garland and James Mason had a go at it in 1954.
Double hitter: The 41-year-old actor, pictured at the Los Angeles premiere of War Dogs on Monday, will also makes his directorial debut with the weepie
In 1976, Kris Kristofferson played a fading rock star with Barbra Streisand as a songstress on the rise.
It's the first starring role in a movie for Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta.
cosplay wigsHowever, the Born This Way songstress has been building her acting creds by co-starring as The Countess in FX's Golden Globe winning American Horror Story.
Ups and downs: The 30-year-old stars as a young singer-actress who finds fame and romance after she captures the heart of a fading actor, to be played by Bradley
Meanwhile, the movie has been a long time in the works.
Beyonce was earlier pegged for the role of the young star on the rise, but the casting fell through after the Crazy In Love singer became pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy, now four years old.
'The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of A Star is Born,' Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production, said in a statement.
Small screen to big screen: The Born This Way songstress has been building her acting creds by co-starring as The Countess in FX's Golden Globe winning American Horror Story