Saturday 25 November 2017

Eddie Izzard hits back at RTE presenter Hugh Cahill's drag comments: 'Transgenders have dignity'

RTE's Hugh Cahill (left) and Eddie Izzard (right)
RTE's Hugh Cahill (left) and Eddie Izzard (right)
RTE's Hugh Cahill dressed as Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard attends an exclusive screening of "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" at BFI IMAX on July 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Eddie Izzard attends an exclusive screening of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" at BFI IMAX on July 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
RTE's Hugh Cahill dressed as Eddie Izzard
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Eddie Izzard has hit back at an RTE presenter's comments that he "lost his dignity" while dressing in drag.

Hugh Cahill, a sports commentator with the state broadcaster, explained that he made a bet with himself at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday that if Cue Card won, he would attend Leopardstown Races dressed as Eddie Izzard.

And when the comedic actor got wind of the bet on Twitter, he hit out at Cahill, telling him to "be careful" about his phrasing describing members of the LGBT community.

Cahill explained to Tracy Piggott: "I was having a lovely Stephen's Day at home watching the racing in front of the fire and on social media before the King George went off.

"I said if Cue Card won the race, I would come here today to Leopardstown dressed as Eddie Izzard. We all know what happened next and the result is that not only have I lost my money, but my dignity as well."

When alerted to the bet, Izzard, who came out as transgender in 2014, replied: " I'd just be careful of your use of the phrase "loosing [sic] your dignity" dressed transgendered. I think we have dignity."

After Cahill and his RTE Sport colleague John Kenny apologised for his choice of language, the pair immediately buried the hatchet, with Izzard saying: "Very good. It sounded in good spirit. I'm afraid I jump on language. Dignity for everyone, I say."

"No problem - I know you were really saying you also lost your 'inhibitions' there. Sorry for being word police."

RTE's Hugh Cahill dressed as Eddie Izzard
RTE's Hugh Cahill dressed as Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard attends an exclusive screening of
Eddie Izzard attends an exclusive screening of "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" at BFI IMAX on July 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

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