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Dame Edna Everage stands by anti-trans comments

Dame Edna Everage stands by anti-trans comments

Dame Edna Everage (Photo: Facebook)

Barry Humphries, the man behind legendary Australian drag star Dame Edna Everage, has stood by anti-trans comments.

In 2016, Humphries as Everage said transgender women were mutilated men.

‘You’re a mutilated man, that’s all. Self-mutilation, what’s all this carry on?’ She said.

Now, in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, Humphries has stood by the comments.

‘Nothing has been more grotesquely interpreted,’ Humphries said.

‘Edna carefully said she thought that men who had themselves castrated did not become women, and that got taken the wrong way.’

The 85-year-old also announced Everage would be returning to the stage this year after four years in retirement.

‘Terrible rat-baggery’

Despite a public backlash, Humphries refused to apologize for 2018 comments labeling transgender a ‘fashion’.

Speaking to the Spectator last year, an interviewer asked the comedian about his views on trans rights.

‘Terrible rat-baggery,’ he responded. He called being trans a, ‘fashion – how many different kinds of lavatory can you have?

‘And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers,’ he also said.

He had also attacked Caitlyn Jenner three years ago, saying she ‘self-mutilated’ herself and is a ‘publicity-seeking ratbag.’

‘It’s all given the stamp – not of respectability, but authenticity or something. If you criticize anything you’re racist or sexist or homophobic,’ he added.

‘They had their genitalia chopped off and tucked in and whatever they had to do. And that aroused a lot of indignation — probably among the people who’d spent a lot of money having it done. But I don’t think I’m right to pontificate. I’m really an actor.’

Humphries also praised Trump. He commended the anti-LGBTI US president for ’stirring up politics’.

See also

Dame Edna Everage creator Barry Humphries calls trans women ‘mutilated men’

Man behind Dame Edna Everage is pro-Trump, calls trans ‘rat-baggery’

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