In the latest instalment of political correctness gone mad, an iconic Australian cross-dressing comedian has been discarded for being ‘transphobic.’
For decades Barry Humphries has been known and loved for his character Dame Edna Everage.
Yesterday the ABC reported, “Since 2000, the most outstanding show at the [Melbourne Comedy] festival has won the Barry Award, named after Humphries — but this year the title has been renamed the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award.”
Why? Humphries has been deemed too offensive by the PC brigade after making comments they say are anti-transgender.
In an interview with The Spectator magazine last year he said, "How many different kinds of lavatory can you have? And it's pretty evil when it's preached to children by crazy teachers.”
In 2016 he “called gender reassignment surgery ‘ self-mutilation’".
The ABC reported the comedy festival has renamed the award partially as a result of his refusal to tow the PC line.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, found the situation laughable. “What has happened to comedy in this country?” Smith lamented.
“Humphries has built a long and successful career on being a fun, cross-dressing character. Imposing conformity and the narrow pc agenda on everyone is anything but funny. Humphries has always been witty, sharp and hilarious. The intolerance of the so-called diversity warriors is astounding.”