Transgender actress wants immediate apology from Barry Humphries - 9news.com.au

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12:18pm January 6, 2016



(No credit mentioned) Caityn Jenner, Barry Humphries (inset)


Barry Humphries should be sacked from the BBC for his remarks that Caitlyn Jenner was just a "mutilated man", a leading transgender actress has said.

The Australian comedian, famous for his character Dame Edna Everage, made the comments in an interview with British broadsheet The Telegraph while discussing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as the US Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner.

Humphries labelled Jenner a "publicity-seeking ratbag" who had carried out "self-mutilation".

The comments were met with heated backlash on social media, and Rebecca Root, the BBC's most famous transgender actress, has led the charge in calling out Humphries "retrograde" views.



Rebecca Root attends the UK premiere of The Danish Girl. (AAP)


Root said the BBC should fire Humphries from his radio hosting gig if he does not apologize.

If he retracts the statement Id say hes said sorry, and move on. But if he does a Germaine Greer, Id say hes gone too far and the BBC should reconsider its position on giving him a show," Root said.

The fact is that this sense of humor resonates with the bad old days. Its very retrograde, and I hoped wed moved on from it."

Humphries comments were made in support of fellow Australian ex-pat Germaine Greer, who had remarked trans-women were "men who believe that they are women and have themselves castrated".

"I agree with Germaine!.You're a mutilated man, that's all. 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," Humphries said in the interview.

British MP Maria Miller, chair of the women and equality select committee, said Humphries' comments showed the importance in educating people to make sure they "take the issue of transgender equality seriously".

A spokesman for Trans Media Watch said the comments encouraged "hostility towards trans people".