No! Not my Stephen Fry! How could he be so lacking in empathy? What could have made him remove the brain-to-mouth filter? Is this what happen when you are termed a national treasure and you feel you can do no wrong? Or was he just on his periods and mis-spoke?
On a US chat show recently, Stephen Fry advised sex abuse victims to ditch self-pity because it’s the “ugliest” emotion in humanity, going on to say: “We’re very sorry your uncle touched you but self-pity gets none of my sympathy.”
He added on The Rubin Report: “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.”
This is such disappointing news, not just coming from someone with his level of intellect, but coming from someone who has a long documented history of mental illness and has himself struggled with feelings that may seem illogical but exist all the same.
Stephen Fry is the president of mental health charity Mind, and has spoken about his depression and bipolar disorder at length for whoever cares to hear, and nobody ever told him to shut up about it, so I struggle to understand the vitriol against people who suffer differently.
It just goes to show that even amongst people who should extend empathy to ALL sufferers of trauma or mental illness, there is still prejudice and disbelief; a feeling that “My pain is worse than yours.”
It’s hard to imagine that his crown may ever be completely taken off his head – he is, without a doubt, a UK national treasure – but he’s certainly caused a lot of upset over this and a lot of people who were previously on the fence, who found him overrated and pompous, have certainly fallen over to the disapproval side of the fence.
Bad, Fry! Bad!
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