Rupert Everett has faced a backlash on social media, after comments he made about transgender people - and specifically Caitlyn Jenner - over the weekend.
The ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ actor, who is gay, revealed to the Sunday Times magazine that during his early years, he “really wanted to be a girl”, claiming he dressed mostly in female clothing as a child.
He added: “Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.”
Rupert claimed in the interview that he finds young children taking hormones “scary”, insisting: “It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step.
“I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.”
Caitlyn Jenner also came up in the piece, with Rupert insisting she had “no clue” what being transgender would entail.
Rupert added: “When she discovered everyone was either a drug addict or a prostitute, she was absolutely horrified. I don’t think she’s a woman. She’s a cross-dressing man.”
Unsurprisingly, his remarks have come under fire on social media, given he is a cisgender man is essentially telling a transgender woman he thinks she’s mistaken about her own identity
Rupert, of course, is no stranger to causing controversy with his comments on the LGBT community.
In past interviews, he’s claimed that he “can’t think of anything worse” than being raised by two gay men, as well as branding same-sex marriage a “waste of time” and “beyond tragic” issue.
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"I was just taught that love is the most powerful thing."
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"My voice is not only for singing, I speak about body image issues, HIV rights, and many other topics that should be addressed when you have a platform like mine."
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"Hearing women of all ages sing 'She Keeps Me Warm' at the top of their lungs - they don’t give a shit about what pronoun it is.
"They get that it’s about love, so I think that’s really given me perspective. I think people can deal with it, and they get it."
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"When you’re a person that’s trying to be a public figure and you’re black and you’re gay and for some people it’s a little too much for them to handle...
"I think there are a lot of people who are afraid to be who they are and if I have to sacrifice a little bit of fame and a little bit of success because I’m being 100 percent truthful with who I am, hopefully that will create a paved way for someone else."
"It's all about what's in your heart. Gender and sexuality do not make you who you are. Your heart and actions do!"
"I want to help make a difference. [Being trans] is a part of me and I want hopefully to make other people feel like they can come out, like they can feel that they’ve got support."
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"Sexuality is like having a favorite colour. It doesn’t rule you, you know? And I should be able to do whatever and whoever I want at any given time."
"Gender is fluid and I think it’s absolutely fascinating, so I talk about that a little bit in my show. I think it’s important some people do publicly go, 'Hey, I’m not straight and I’m not gay. I’m somewhere in the middle and that’s OK.'"
"To all the bros who hate social media, who pit it against 'real life' - I never would've had the courage to be me without Twitter's queer queens."
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'[Being gay] been a non-issue for me. But the same thing that’s been a blessing in my life can lead someone to suicide. Every time I hear about an LGBTQ kid committing suicide, it’s just so much frustration. I just think about lost potential because a parent wasn’t accepting or a friend wasn’t, and it ended an LGBTQ kid’s life.
"I really want the parents of my audience to see these videos actually. And realise that their reaction influences their kid’s entire experience. Showing them two sides of the coin: this is how it could go or this is how it could go. It’s up to you."