Actress Alice Eve branded a bigot over rant against Bruce Jenner

Actress Alice Eve branded a bigot over rant against Bruce Jenner

There have been declarations of support from across the world for Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic champion and stepfather of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, following his announcement that he thinks of himself as a woman after beginning gender reassignment treatment.

But Star Trek actress Alice Eve has boldly gone where few public figures have gone before, by wading into transgender politics. She provoked a furore by taking umbrage with decathlon gold medalist Jenner’s declaration that ‘for all intents and purposes’ he is a woman.

‘Nope,’ she wrote on her Instagram page. ‘If you were a woman, no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. You wouldn’t be a hero. You 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 added. ‘Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.’

Alice, 33, who married her teen sweetheart Alex Cowper-Smith on New Year’s Eve, attended £25,368-a-year Westminster School and obtained a degree from Oxford University before going on to star in blockbuster film franchises such as Sex And The City and Men In Black.

Fans, however, vowed to ‘unfollow’ her on social media as she was quickly besieged by comments accusing her of being ‘transphobic’ and conflating two very different issues.

‘Your notion that Jenner is “playing” at being a woman is honestly disgusting,’ one critic remarked.

Another wrote: ‘This is transphobia at its finest.’

Alice was even accused of being ‘transmisogynistic’ and told: ‘Stick to acting, love.’

After the backlash, Alice tried to engage with her detractors before eventually deleting her two posts. ‘I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific,’ she backtracked. ‘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.’

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21 Comments

  1. kendigin
    April 29, 04:05 Reply

    She’s none of the above. I think she is simply mixing two different issues together. Bruce’s coming out is the wrong platform to campaign for her cause.

    • McGray
      April 29, 06:28 Reply

      Kendigin i must say m impressed. I ws expecting u (actually everyone on KD except very few) to blast her bcos she is against ‘Our related matter’, But u did otherwise, u understood the motive of her opinion which is the most important thing. Many will (are already) even go attacking her acting ability. Lol. Ndi mmadu sef

  2. Lothario
    April 29, 05:29 Reply

    Oh well! Wrong move! The days of getting away with anything just because you’re pretty are very over.

    That said, who else thinks she’s not such an amazing actress? *raises hand *

  3. Khaleesi
    April 29, 05:47 Reply

    Yup! She attempted to mix women’s rights into an entirely different and incompatible issue and got her hands burned. Sigh … controversy such as this reminds me of how very far backwards Nigeria still is … smh …

  4. Dennis Macaulay
    April 29, 06:05 Reply

    These people need to learn that times have changed! You cannot get away with saying just anything. Clearly she is passionate about equal oppurtunities for women but she used the wrongest platform to push her agenda.

    Meanwhile PP why are you telling us how much she spent on her education? We know she is from a rich family, after all she grew up in london!

    • A-non
      April 29, 06:23 Reply

      When I grow up, I want to school in London too…the same school Barack Obama’s children are schooling.

    • pinkpanthertb
      April 29, 06:48 Reply

      LOL! Just supplying background information, Dennis. 🙂 Just in case…

  5. Sinnex
    April 29, 06:45 Reply

    Don’t really see anything wrong in what she said. It actually makes a whole lot of sense.

    Well, what do I know…

  6. Deola
    April 29, 06:46 Reply

    Ah, she was Erin, the Irish babysitter with the bouncy boobs on sex and the city 2. I like her.
    Probably a case of misplaced aggressions.
    Then again, not everyone was gonna have nice things to say about Jenner…

  7. Ruby
    April 29, 07:04 Reply

    What’s up with all these stars running their mouths and fingers lately???
    I can’t deal with them mbok!!!

  8. Max
    April 29, 07:38 Reply

    She’s not transphobic biko. People are always looking for ways to hack into stars these days. She just waved her feminist card on a wrong topic at the wrong time.

  9. trystham
    April 29, 08:39 Reply

    I was like ‘what is this one saying?”. Oh well. She pro Women’s Lib. Still counts for sumtin

  10. Colossus
    April 29, 09:07 Reply

    Transphobic?

    Transmisogynistic?

    Who comes up with these words? Another celebrity might say he does not like cats and one somebody would call him a felincidal felogynistic and the world would agree. She might have chosen the wrong time to give give opinion but when is the RIGHT time?

    That being said, I don’t believe she said anything wrong. I won’t pretend to know what Bruce is going through, I might be empathic but I I’m confused about it.

    • Teflondon
      April 29, 09:53 Reply

      You can follow a trend.. But not sheepishly. (Go figure)
      Colossus its quite refreshing seeing you not kiss ass once in a while.
      Applause your comment!

      • Colossus
        April 29, 10:03 Reply

        Not kiss ass ONCE IN A WHILE? Mind explaining further?

  11. Gad
    April 29, 13:39 Reply

    This woman hasn’t said anything to warrant the slightest rebuke from a sane mind.

  12. iamcoy
    April 29, 16:20 Reply

    She is upset that Jenner is ‘wanting’ to enjoy best of both worlds.. maybe after winning decathlon as a man she has a hunch he will run for Mrs LA and win. She on the other hand can trans and take part in a 100 M mens dash..

    • pinkpanthertb
      April 29, 19:10 Reply

      LMAO! iamcoy, that was mean! Hell! That’s all I have to say to u

  13. thequeerav
    April 30, 15:09 Reply

    I was really excited and proud when Bruce came out; it takes such courage and no doubt they will receive a lot of crap from it (well they already have) because people can be mean and not willing to try understand. For those of you who are though, here’s an article I wrote after watching the Diane Sawyer/Bruce Jenner interview. I talk a lot about trans* issues in general, the struggles trans* people face and just how awesome it is that Jenner has come out and is still alive and spreading their story with us today

    http://thequeerav.com/2015/04/30/keeping-up-with-bruce-jenner-trans-issues/

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