Will Phil Goff ban Dame Edna Everage from council theatres?

Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage, aka Sir Les Patterson, has upset the luvvies with his comments on transgender fruit loops. The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

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.”

But although Humphries is a straight man who only occasionally cross-dresses for a living, social media users have responded to the out-of-touch entertainer.

While some are defending his lack of understanding of transgender issues because he is not part of the LGBTI community, others are saying he should know better.

Others were less kind and suggested that he should just retire.

But perhaps even more unsettling is Humphries’ pro-Trump comments.

When asked about whether or not his character of Sir Les Patterson — a boorish and sexist, pussy-grabbing politician — has any connection to Donald Trump, Humphries says, “I’m grateful to Trump for stirring up politics. And I won’t be joining any marches against him.” End quote.

So, he has an opinion on transgender people and they are upset. Boo hoo, dry your eyes. But, the reporter thinks his support of Donald Trump is even worse?

Surely Barry Humphries is now exhibiting hate speech and an awful pro-Trump tendency. Would Phil Goff ban his shows from Auckland Council venues?

The numbers of true transgendered people in New Zealand has to be miniscule. They are a subset of the alphabet people and only constitute about 5% of the population. The limbo-like contortions that society is having to go through for a few confused and, frankly, ill people is ridiculous.


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