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Paul Chambers had tweeted: “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week… otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!”
Fry argued that Chambers’ tweet was an example of Britain’s tradition of self-deprecating humor and banter.
Chambers’ case has become a cause celebre on Twitter, with hundreds of people reposting his original comments in protest at the conviction.
“This [verdict] must not be allowed to stand in law,” Fry said, adding that he would continue to repeat Chambers’ message and face prison “if that’s what it takes.”
The benefit gig, at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, aimed to raise funds for Chambers’ appeal.
The aim of the organizers is that he will not be forced to drop his case because of the possibility he would have to pay the prosecution’s legal costs were he to lose.
Chambers sent the message to his 600 followers in the early hours of Jan. 6, 2010. He claimed it was in a moment of frustration after Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire was closed by snow.
He was found guilty in May 2010 and fined £385 ($627) and told to pay £600 ($977) costs.
His appeal is likely to go before the High Court later this year.
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