Fans and celebrities have shown support for Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic and reality star, following his announcement that he is undergoing gender reassignment treatment to be a woman.
Alice Eve commented on Jenner online, apparently trying to discuss feminism but instead was bashed online for being transphobic. Find out what Eve that enraged fans.
Eve wrote on Instagram post (which is now deleted) that if Jenner “were a woman, no one would have even heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon”.
The actress was referencing the gold medal win that shot Jenner to fame in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Alice said that if Jenner were assigned female at birth, he “would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn’t given a chance. Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a ‘woman’ while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair.”
She continued, “Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.”
Alice, 33, pissed off fans that said they were going to “unfollow” her on social media over her comments.
One person said, “Your notion that Jenner is “playing” at being a woman is honestly disgusting”.
Another remarked, This is transphobia at its finest.”
After the backlash, Alice tried to backtrack on what she wrote. She stated, “I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific. However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men. The transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too.”
Alice Eve later acknowledged, “Maybe this needs a little thought”.
She thanked fans “for engaging with me on this subject, because I felt confused and now I feel enlightened and like I know what education I need to move forward. I appreciate the time and thought.”
Eve posted a photo of David Bowie on Monday, with reads, “I am a supporter of anyone who wishes to explore their gender identity. Sometimes language doesn’t express the spectrum of identity sufficiently, as in this case. I am also a believer in equal rights for all …. Whatever your race, color or creed.”
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