Stephen Fry sends a poignant message to LGBT children everywhere in an interview published in the New Zealand Herald today.
When asked ‘what piece of advice would you give to Stephen Fry, aged 10 during a 12-question interview, Fry replies:
‘You’re not alone. Everything you feel is fine. Only feel guilty about things you have done that are mean and cheap and unkind. Don’t feel guilty about what you feel, no matter what the world might think.’
The comedian and Twitter-addict continues with a message about the value of literature. ‘Everyone is scared inside, not just you,’ he says. ‘That’s why reading is so good. Keep doing it. Writers are people brave enough to make you feel better about being human because they’re not afraid to reveal their own frailties, weaknesses, desires, failures, and appetites.’
Fry is currently in New Zealand filming scenes for The Hobbit prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and has recently sided with a Southampton pub in a legal challenge attempting to force the pub to re-name. He Tweeted: ‘Sometimes I’m ashamed of the business I’m in, what pointless, self-defeating bullying’.
In the New Zealand Herald interview Fry’s also asked what he would say to disgraced former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.
‘You silly, silly thing,’ Fry answers. ‘What a pity. You should have read more plays, poems and novels and fewer cruel, savage columns that you paid for. Then you would have known that cruelty, malice and hubris always lead to terror, pain and loneliness.” Her misfortune gives me no pleasure.’