Stephen Fry Is Sorry You Can’t Take a Joke

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Stephen Fry poses for a picture on November 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Toby Canham/Getty Images

Ladies, Stephen Fry knows that you like sex just as much as men do. He also now knows that you can’t trust people to catch the humor in off-hand remarks.

Actor, comedian, journalist, writer and all-around famous Brit Stephen Fry took a lot of heat for saying that women don’t enjoy sex as much as men in an interview with Attitude magazine. Saying that although women claim to love sex, he thinks it’s actually just “the price they are willing to pay for a relationship.”

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Bloggers and mainstream media outlets quickly took Fry to task, claiming that his comments were offensive and misogynistic, prompting Fry to halt his Twitter account on October 31 (the modern day equivalent of going into hiding).

Well, now Fry is back up and tweeting, posting a link to his blog where he has written an apology of sorts. He immediately sets the record straight–“I know that women enjoy sex”–and admits he probably doesn’t know what he’s talking about–“as a gay man, female sexuality is patently a closed book to me.”

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The tone of the post is definitely regretful, though not quite about what he said but rather how it was received:

“I should have known that comic exaggeration, so much the chief mode of a humorist, can easily be made to look bad when wrenched from context and nailed up as a proclamation.”

In other words, it was a joke people! Lighten up!