Stephen Fry lets rip at The Mail..
Any more prize snippets? I am at work so can’t watch.
“Deep down they have always had the same instinct for the lowest, most mean-spirited, hypocritical, spiteful and philistine elements of our island nation” – a bit harsh, seeing as the Mail was the UK paper that supported Hitler for the longest I believe in the 1930s….oh yeah!Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
A suitably Fry-esque word would be ‘splendid’.
The Mail is such an odious and crushingly obvious little comic that I struggle to believe anyone actually takes it seriously. But apparently some people do!
The majority of its readership probably just use it as some sort of confirmatory crutch for their odious little minded views. A sort of anti-think. I had a senior manager once who was a confirmed mail-ite. She was typical of the genre. A ‘self starter’ who made up for her obvious lack of real intelligence with bullying tactics. A sort of ‘head down charger’ who believed that a grinding and relentless approach could achieve anything.
These character traits are admirable as part of a rounded personality that also includes wit, intelligence and self-deprecation. But employed alone they typify the mail-ite.
Anyway, as long as the normal-minded among us would only ever countenance buying the Mail if we’d run out of bog roll, the we’ll be fine. I’d even think twice about eating chips out of it, I like a bit of vinegar, but the bitter essence that would come oozing out of the paper would make my eyes water!Posted 4 years agofreddygMember
I bought it once….
MrsG was in labour at the time. While she was having a nap, I wandered to the hospital shop to find a paper; it was the only thing they had. What a hate-filled, vile production full of twists of the truth and down-right lies. Their “Journalists” should hang their heads in shame that they prostitute themselves for this.
Mr Fry; chapeau!Posted 4 years agowreckerMember
My parents in law are well balanced, normal people. Not racist or small minded at all. I was dumbstruck when I saw that they buy the mail and asked them why; “the telly pages are good” 😀
My wife is very liberal (bit of a plastic hippie yoga type), yet I catch her ogling the mail online celeb pages all the time!
They just won’t stop!Posted 4 years ago
I just read the Mail column. I don’t see it’s point at all. A call to ban all art from Russia? Idiot.
It’s just meaningless!
I don’t want to dwell on Fry’s association of the 2014 Sochi winter games with the 1936 Olympiad in Berlin: the systematic incineration of six million Jews in industrial ovens bears no comparison with the marginalisation and repression of minorities in Putin’s Russia, as shocking and deplorable as their ‘beatings, murders and humiliations’ undoubtedly are. I am more puzzled that an actor of the intelligence and calibre of Stephen Fry missed a golden opportunity to highlight the fact that Hitler persecuted gays as well. The pink triangle was nowhere near as prevalent as the Jewish Star, but at least 100,000 gays were targeted for torture or castration by the Nazis, and somewhere between 5,000 and 15,000 are estimated to have perished horribly in the death camps. So why they didn’t get a mention in this letter is a little mystifyingjoshbosh12Member
An enjoyable rant, makes me feel justified in my intense hatred for the Mail.
I felt the same way. I find it quite hard to answer the question of “Why?” when I tell someone who’s reading the DM that i find it disgusting… Now i know they supported Hitler, i’ll just go with that. I don’t fancy saying something along the lines of
The majority of its readership probably just use it as some sort of confirmatory crutch for their odious little minded views
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