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Alice Eve's Bruce Jenner Comments Labeled 'Transphobic'

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 01:04 PM

British actress Alice Eve, who appeared in "Entourage" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness," apologized this week for comments she made about Bruce Jenner, who announced Friday that he is transgender.

"I deeply apologize for offending anyone," she told the New York Post's Page Six in a statement on Tuesday.

"I support equal rights and equal dignity for all. I have deep compassion and support for Bruce Jenner. My intention was not to offend. My intention was simply to express that, with the overdue and welcome acceptance of us all living on a gender spectrum, we must encourage equality for all."

Eve had previously pulled Jenner into her comments regarding equal rights for women, which she voiced on Instagram to her 36,000 followers.

"Nope. 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," she wrote in a post that has since been deleted.

"Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a 'woman' while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair. Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman."

Many called the comments transphobic, exclusionary, and bigoted nearly as soon as she made her post, and the actress soon had second thoughts.

Before issuing her apology, she engaged some who criticized her.

"I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific. 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," she said in response to one commenter, The Atlantic reported.

Eve's comments were similar to concerns expressed by women in the "radical feminist" movement.

According to The New Yorker, many radical feminists believe that, "Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman — and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position — the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement."

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British actress Alice Eve, who appeared in "Entourage" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness," apologized this week for comments she made about Bruce Jenner, who announced Friday that he is transgender.
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