Thursday 23 November 2017

'Dame Edna' creator under fire for 'transphobic' remarks

Barry Humphries - seen in character as Dame Edna Everage - criticised a
Barry Humphries - seen in character as Dame Edna Everage - criticised a "new puritanism" in television
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Australian entertainer Barry Humphries, best known for his drag character Dame Edna, is coming under fire for remarks made around transgender people and Caitlyn Jenner.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Humphries(81) made some controversial remarks when asked about comments made by fellow Australian Germaine Greer, which described trans women as men "who believe that they are women and have themselves castrated".

"I agree with Germaine! You’re a mutilated man, that’s all", he is quoted in the Telegraph as saying.

"Self-mutilation, what’s all this carry on? Caitlyn Jenner – what a publicity-seeking ratbag"

"It’s all given the stamp – not of respectability, but authenticity or something. If you criticise anything you’re racist or sexist or homophobic.”

Speaking to Buzzfeed News, a representative from advocacy group 'Transgender Victoria' asked "why is he even commenting?"

"He has no expertise in this area. Just because he performs a certain role doesn't mean he has any knowledge of trans issues".

Goldner added that incidents of public figures making comments like this distract from the real issues.

Robert Simms, Green party spokesperson for LGBT issues, said that the comments were "irresponsible" and "transphobic".

"To refer to transgender people as self-mutilated is appalling, and I don’t think anybody is laughing".

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