WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
......... the fear of Richard, a quiet blogger, who spends most of his time caring for his elderly parents in Birmingham. An idle message he posted on Twitter one Sunday last year unwittingly set off a explosion of hate.
He dared to suggest that national treasure and major tweeter Stephen Fry was “boring”. The actor,
experiencing a period of depression, replied to this mild (and many thought, fair) comment with the following message: “You’ve convinced me. I’m obviously not good enough. I retire from Twitter henceforward. Bye everyone.”
At this point Fry hopped on a transatlantic plane, leaving tens of thousands of the actor’s followers to bombard Richard with messages, stirred up in part by the actor Alan Davies, a friend of Fry, who called the Birmingham blogger, brumplum, a “moron” and other less polite terms.
At one point, Davies even appeared to condone smashing windows in the cause of “sticking up for your mates”.
Fry, to give him credit, felt rather shamefaced about the whole episode when he stepped off a 13-hour flight and realised he had unleashed a mob.