Stephen Fry has recently contacted The Spoof to express his grave displeasure at the contentious content published herein. There are too many snarky jokes about Ricky Gervais and Ronnie Corbett, but not enough about Hugh Lawrie, for example.
Dissatisfied with our replies, he has penned an open letter to The Spoof.
You know, nowadays, everything is just so overly delicate. You can barely move a foot without someone making trivial complaints about what you write.
Well, funny you should mentioned that. Hm? I recently emailed The Spoof to tell them that I find their humour very offensive. And then, they told me that it may be offensive to me, but not to them!
And I just told them:
Well, so what?! You may not find this offensive, but I do. So what if you don't find it offensive? I don't really give a damn, quite frankly! If you don't find it offensive, that does't mean I have to not find it offensive!
No, I'm sorry, but that's really not an argument at all, is it? 'That doesn't annoy me. That doesn't offend me.' Well, I'm afraid your tender lack of enraged feelings is entirely inconsequential to the truth of the matter!
However, just today, Fry responded to us in a much more gentle manner.
No, no, I was just trying to keep you on your toes. If you really took my joke letter at face value, then perhaps the joke is on you!
Indeed. The last thing we need right now is humourists becoming po-faced! Keep laughing, and don't be bowed by anyone, no matter who they are, who tries to tell you anything different.
Why yes... sadly, humourlessness is found among every single religion, political ideology and social group. So don't let anyone tell you what to do or what not to do!
Humour is your inalienable heritage and most precious possession. Don't ever let anyone take that away from you. Laugh at anyone, or any thing. And most of all, at yourself!
For, there is an old saying, is there not?
The day you can no longer laugh at yourself, is the day they have finally won.
So! Chin up! Keep doing what you do, and don't worry too much. Tomorrow has enough to worry about himself, for his part; let's not worry too much today.
Hm! Well, that's about all for now. I hope to see some more splendid work in the near future!