[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE, RAPE CULTURE]
Stephen Fry has pretty much cemented himself as a boring privileged piece of shit who is completely oblivious to how much his society caters to him. He's taken to whining about universities keeping boring old rape-filled texts out of the curriculum so that education can be accessible to everyone, not just those lucky enough not to have been sexually abused, assaulted, or raped. Of which most are women.
Apparently he went on some boring show with some other neurotypical cis white guy to talk about how abuse victims and people with PTSD are just feeling sorry for themselves, and are ugly for it. Apparently panic attacks and flashbacks and feelings of intense powerlessness and vulnerability are all actually just self-pity. I'll remember that next time my body shuts down and I can hardly move or speak because the fear is so overwhelming.
The thing that asshole privileges fuckhats like Stephen Fry don't get is that all standard college classes are their safe spaces. These spaces cater to them at the expense of everyone else. Especially because these are the kinds of people who are obsessed with Shakespeare and similar authors who were only okay. Seriously, Hamlet is not revolutionary, it doesn't need to be a part of every literary discussion.
But the second these classes start introducing works by other authors who don't need to use rape for shock value, men like Stephen Fry start crying because their safe space was taken away. Because apparently they can't handle different ideas by diverse peoples or, I guess, not reading about rape.
This is how ridiculous Stephen Fry sounds. The fact is that classes that insist on requiring students to read books containing rape scenes and child molestation make educate less accessible to abuse and rape victims through no fault of their own. And it's super shitty that many basic, required classes assign books like this because for some reason they're considered "classics" and important.
This is what Stephen Fry said:
“There are many great plays which contain rapes, and the word rape now is even considered a rape. 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, 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.”
First of all, I hate it when privileged fucks say sorry when they're not. Stephen Fry doesn't give a fuck about people who were molested. He says he gives "sympathy" but only as long as abuse survivors don't speak up and don't ask for any kind of accommodation for the after effects and mental illness that resulted, that they never in any way asked for. It doesn't matter if they get panic attacks and flashbacks because forcing people to read Titus Andronicus is more important than anything. Nevermind that anybody is free at any time to read or watch that play on their own time. No, rape plays need to be forced down everyone's throat because Stephen Fry likes them. It doesn't matter that one in four girls and one in six boys are molested. Fuck 'em. Stephen Fry says we all have to read Titus Andronicus.
You know what's ugly, Stephen Fry? Your privilege. Your privileged little bubble that let's you float above the rest of us and declare in your self-righteous, paternalistic manner that you know what's good for us. Lack of empathy and lack of give a fuck about sexual abuse victims is ugly. It's the ugliest thing I've even seen and I've luckily already graduated so I'm going to elect to never watch anything that involves you ever again, as is my right. Fuck you.