‘Victim-blaming’ the survivors of sexual abuse by daring to suggest that safe spaces and trigger warnings are not the best response? Stephen Fry clearly has a career death wish
Never one to avoid controversy, while giving an interview to American media Stephen Fry decided to share his thoughts on a number of subjects – including the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, the general infantilisation of our culture and (really pushing his luck given the current climate) the demands of some students to slap trigger warnings on works of art and academic materials which include discussion of rape or sexual abuse.
Naturally, this went down tremendously well with Safe Space apologists, who all immediately saw the light and took to Twitter praising Fry for introducing a note of levity into their carefully constructed culture of victimhood.
The Independent reports:
Stephen Fry has been criticised for suggesting sexual abuse survivors should not “pity” themselves.
Fry made the comments when airing his views on free speech, religion and political correctness while appearing on US show The Rubin Report.
Speaking to host Dave Rubin, he discussed the practice of safe spaces and trigger warnings, including those that are used for plays and books which contain scenes of rape or abuse and can possibly set off traumatic memories and flashbacks for survivors of rape or abuse. They are sometimes used on university campuses.
He said: “There are many great plays which contain rapes, and the word rape is now 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 […] it might trigger something when you were young that upset you once because uncle touched you in a nasty place.
“Well I’m sorry yes it’s a great shame and we’re all very sorry that uncle touched you in that nasty place. You get some of my sympathy but your self-pity gets none of my sympathy because self-pity is the ugliest emotion in humanity.
“Get rid of it because no one’s going to like you if you feel sorry for yourself. The irony is we’ll feel sorry for you if you stop feeling sorry for yourself. Grow up.”
Stephen Fry can currently be found being roasted alive by the permanently outraged, virtue-signalling Twitterati for daring to promote the sacrilegious concepts of resilience and antifragility, and – if the mob get their way – will be found next year as the “featured guest” presenting a QI knockoff show on a cheap Caribbean cruise.
Well, it was a good career while it lasted.
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The writer misses the point. What Steven is actually saying (unconsciously) is that this is how he is trying to deal with it and he thinks it has worked for him. It hasn’t and that is why he has very serious depression. He therefore is justifying his own belief system. His stubbornness to do that is called cognitive dissonance, and we all do it about something we truly believe in – where we will not even consider alternatives. This is why Steven will never recover and his condition deteriorates. He also strongly believes Depression is inherited and that is further proof he doesn’t attribute his depression to his abuse. As a therapist, the thing I find screws people up is not the abuse itself it is the feeling that in some way they contributed to it and therefore it is this internal self blame versus the logic that they “know” they were not at fault. That’s what does the damage