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Kellie Maloney Slams Dame Edna Creator Barry Humphries Over Transphobic Caitlyn Jenner Comments

06/01/2016 16:02 GMT | Updated 06/01/2016 16:59 GMT

Kellie Maloney has slammed Dame Edna Everage creator Barry Humphries, after he made a string of transphobic comments about Caitlyn Jenner.

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The comic, who is best known in for his drag character, branded the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star a "mutilated man" and a "publicity-seeking ratbag" in an interview earlier this week, asking: "Self-mutilation, what’s all this carry on?"

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Kellie Maloney

Boxing promoter Kellie, who came out as transgender in 2014, has now responded to Barry's remarks, accusing him of “stirring up transphobia”.

She told The Mirror: "Unlike him, transgender people can’t take their dress off at the end of the day and live a normal life. He’s stirring up transphobia.

"Obviously he’s never been through what people like me have been through. It’s something you’re born with. It’s not something you wake up one morning wanting to do.

"For some of us, it’s a matter of life and death, and people have suffered deep depression over. What he’s saying is all those medical opinions are totally wrong.”

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Barry Humphries is the man behind Dame Edna

She added: “I can assure you, If I could have beaten it, I wouldn’t have put my body through that. But if I hadn’t, I don’t think I’d still be here today to see my children grow up, and to be at peace with myself."

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Caitlyn Jenner

Barry has since issued a half-hearted and confusing apology as Dame Edna, on her Twitter page, where the character distanced herself from the actor.

The statement read: “I’m partly Aboriginal. I’m certainly Jewish. I could play Canasta at the age of five. And I disassociate myself from anything Barry Humphries has to say. I fried him years ago but he refuses to accept dismissal.

“The poor thing is losing the plot. He deserves our pity not our disapproval.”

Fans were not convinced though, and responded accordingly:

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