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Actress Alice Eve slammed for saying Bruce Jenner is 'playing a woman while retaining the benefits of a man'

Published 28/04/2015 | 12:47

Bruce Jenner (left) and Alice Eve (right)
Bruce Jenner (left) and Alice Eve (right)
Father-of-six Bruce Jenner talking on ABC

Actress Alice Eve is in hot water over comments attacking Bruce Jenner's announcement he is transitioning into a woman.

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The 65-year-old Olympian hit headlines around the world on Friday night during his sit down interview with Diane Sawyer, honestly speaking about his decision to no longer live his life as a man.

However, the Sex and the City actress (33) appears to have taken issue with Jenner's transition, saying that he cannot be considered a woman because of the athletic advantages he had during the Olympic Games.

After the interview aired, Eve, who also featured in Men in Black, wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, saying: "If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. You wouldn’t be a hero. You would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn't given a chance.

Father-of-six Bruce Jenner talking on ABC
Father-of-six Bruce Jenner talking on ABC

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"Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a woman is unfair. Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman."

Her followers soon labelled her "transphobic" and highlighted a misguided attempt to discuss gender equality.

"I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific," she added after the backlash.

Actress Alice Eve arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Alice Eve arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

"However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men. The transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too."

She has since deleted the posts.

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