The best British Jewish comedian you’ve only kind of heard of, Stephen Fry, is tying the knot with 27-year-old partner Elliott Spencer. Fry took to to Twitter to confirm the news, though a date has not yet been set.
Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance! — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 6, 2015
Thank you all SO much for your kind congratulations. Deeply touched xxx — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 6, 2015
British actor and comedian Stephen Fry urged on Wednesday that Russia should be banned from hosting the Winter Olympics due to its repressive policies against gays and lesbians, the Mirror reported.
In an open letter to British prime minister David Cameron, Fry compared the victimizations of homosexuals Putin’s Russia to the treatment of Jews in Nazi-era Germany.
“I am gay. I am a Jew,” Fry said in the letter, posted on his website. “My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism.”
“Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian ‘correctively’ raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one weep anew at seeing history repeat itself.”
He added: “An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere… in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like.
“At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world. He is making scapegoats of gay people just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it.”
Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies, introduced prior to the Berlin Olympics in 1936, put a “permanent stain” on the games,” Fry went on, explaining that the lack of outcry by the wider international community gave Hitler confidence. “What he did with that confidence we all know,” he added.
“The Olympic movement at that time paid precisely no attention to this evil and proceeded with the notorious Berlin Olympiad which provided a stage for a gleeful Fuhrer and only increased his status at home and abroad.”
According to the Mirror, a government spokesperson replied to Fry’s concerns, saying that the prime minister had expressed his concerns to President Putin in June. “We remain greatly concerned about the growing restrictions on LGBT freedoms in Russia and have repeatedly raised our concerns, including at the 2013 UK-Russia Human Rights dialogue in May.
“We are working closely with the IOC and the BOA to ensure that the Games take place in the spirit of the Olympic Charter and are free from discrimination.”
Read the full letter here.
Royal baby frenzy is in full swing as the British — and for some reason, everyone else on the planet — await the birth of the future heir to the throne.
If you manage to pry your eyes away from the live baby cam that The Telegraph has pointed at the doors of Saint Mary’s Hospital where Kate Middleton is reportedly in labor (in the hopes that sheer eagerness will force them to burst open, perhaps?), here is what Hollywood had to say about the impending birth.
UPDATE: IT’S A BOY!
So pleased to hear that William and Kate had a baby boy. Long live the future king. MBB ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 22, 2013
I mean now you almost have to name the baby "#RoyalBaby". Hashtag and everything. ampmdash; Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) July 22, 2013
When's the bris? ampmdash; Ariel Foxman (@arielfoxman) July 22, 2013
Congratulations to Kate & William on the birth of their baby boy! So relieved that his name won’t include the words Ivy or Apple. ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) July 22, 2013
8lbs 6oz. Interesting that babies are always in imperial units not metric… ampmdash; Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 22, 2013
Meanwhile, during #BabyWatch…
If the #RoyalBaby is a girl, I'm putting the name 'Michelle' into the mix. #MichelleObamaWouldApproveToo. ampmdash; MichelleTrachtenberg (@RealMichelleT) July 22, 2013
Stephen Fry has one of those faces you likely recognize but don’t know why. Did he live in the old neighborhood? Did you go to school with him? Or, as is the case, is he someone almost famous?
Fry was a Golden Globe nominee for playing the title role in the 1998 film, “Wilde.” He’s also appeared in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and has a role in next year’s Hobbit movie, “The Desolation of Smaug.” But the actor/writer is best known in his native England.
Fry is at the center of a documentary, “Wagner & Me,” opening December 7 in New York and in several other major cities in coming weeks. Fry is a Wagner enthusiast. He claims he was 11 or 12 when he heard his music “on my father’s gramophone. It released forces in me. No music has done it like Wagner’s.”
The problem is that his “passion was shared by Hitler. I’m Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust.”
A grandson of Sigmund Freud who was no longer on speaking terms with his brother, the painter Lucian Freud, Sir Clement was a journalist, bon vivant, television personality, and onetime Member of Parliament, but none of his varied identities seemed to account for the genuine affection which he enjoyed. When I asked one British friend for further explanation, I got the faltering reply: “Well, you see, he made a TV commercial for dog food…”
Now, fortunately, the collection “A Feast of Freud: The Wittiest Writings of Clement Freud” appears from Bantam Press UK to explain more. Bantam has also published “Freud on Food,” an anthology of gourmandises by this demanding, highly conspicuous consumer of the good life.
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