Dame Edna and the Transgendered By Mrs Vera West
This is shocking insensitivity to the culture of the times by Dame Edna, a man dressed up as a woman, whom one would have thought would have had more sympathy.
“IN A NEW interview with The Spectator, Barry Humphries — who is most famous for his drag character Dame Edna Everage — has spoken out against the transgender community. The 84-year-old entertainer was asked his opinion on the subject of transgender issues to which he responded with no sympathy and little apparent understanding. He described the identity as a “fashion—how many different kinds of lavatory can you have?” before adding, “And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers.” The interviewer asked Humphries if his most popular character, Dame Edna, had attracted the attention of transgender activists, who claim that as many as 40 per cent of transgender people attempt suicide, and wish transphobia to be made against the law. “Terrible rat-baggery,” was Humphries’ response. Humphries once provoked outrage when he used the word ‘mutilation’ to describe gender-reassignment surgery. “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.”
I am afraid Barry that the 1950s world of Oxford, wearing smoking jackets while listening to the poetry of Keats by roaring log fires, rowing yachts at uni. at the boat club, and conservative Quadrant values, has come to a grinding halt in majority support, same sex Australia. Maybe he should just retire and take up gardening, while things slowly unravel.