‘Retire’: Barry Humphries Slammed For Transphobic Comments

Australian comedian Barry Humphries is under fire for transphobic comments

Entertainer Barry Humphries has been slammed for a new round of transphobic comments.

In an interview with UK publication The Spectator, the 84-year-old called “transgenderism” a “fashion” when asked if his famous drag character Dame Edna Everage had sparked backlash among transgender activists.

“How many different kinds of lavatory can you have?” he said.

“And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers.”

Seemingly in response to a statistic that “more than 40 per cent of trans men and women have attempted or considered suicide”, the 84-year-old described activists’ calls to have transphobia outlawed as “terrible ratbaggery”.

He also doubled down on the controversial comments he made in January 2016, when he described gender-affirmation surgery as “self-mutilation” in comments about “publicity-seeking ratbag” Caitlyn Jenner.

Humphries went on to say he was “grateful to Trump for stirring up politics. And I won’t be joining any marches against him.”

He added he was planning a new show based on his lewd character Sir Les Patterson as an “opportunity to cause maximum offence”.

The comments drew widespread outrage on social media, with some of Humphries’ fellow comedians taking him to task for the transphobic spray.

“Barry Humphries loves those who hold power, hates vulnerable minorities and has completely lost the ability to read the room,” comedian Hannah Gadsby tweeted.

“That’s not a comedian, that’s an irrelevant, inhumane dick biscuit of the highest order.”

Comedian Thomas Jaspers tweeted, “You are my idol. You broke ground, you broke rules, you pissed off the establishment. You defined Australian culture. You have a lifetime of achievements.

“And now this will be your legacy. You’ve become the people you used to make fun of. Shut up and retire.”

Nerelle Harper

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