In a moment of frustration last year, Chambers’ fingers got the better of him when he discovered that South Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport had been closed because of snow. He tweeted: ‘Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week... otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!’
In May 2010 he was found guilty of sending a menacing public communication and fined £385 and told to pay £600 costs.
Since the verdict, the message has been reposted over 600 times and many comedians have come out in protest of the conviction.
At a benefit gig for Chambers over the weekend, BBC News writes that Fry argued that Chambers’ tweet was an example of Britain’s tradition of self-deprecating humour and banter and said that the verdict ‘must not be allowed to stand in law’ adding he would continue to repost the offending tweet and face prison ‘if that’s what it takes’.
Fry has also previously offered to pay any fine and Chambers’ legal expenses. ‘My offer still stands,’ Fry tweeted. ‘Whatever they fine you, I’ll pay.’
Attending the gig at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre were Al Murray, Rufus Hound, Katy Brand and Father Ted writer Graham Linehan.
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