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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?"
Boxing promoter Kellie, who came out as transgender in 2014, has now responded to Barry's remarks, accusing him of “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.”
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."
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:
@DameEdnaEverage Totally unsure why people are responding as if 'Barry' is a wholly different person. Your interview was despicable.— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) January 6, 2016
@DameEdnaEverage how is this an apology what barry said wasnt cutesy like at all— Fawna Love (@FAWNA_LOVE) January 6, 2016
I now feel ashamed at having bought his memoir.— poorthello (@poorthello) January 6, 2016
. @DameEdnaEverage No. Just no. Perhaps you should consider a real apology to those you hurt.— . (@MissSp00n) January 6, 2016