Rocky Horror Picture Show creator: Transgender women aren’t real women

Richard O'Brien

Richard O'Brien

I agree with Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries. You can’t be a woman. You can be an idea of a woman. You’re in the middle and there’s nothing wrong with that. I certainly wouldn’t have the wedding tackle taken off. That is a huge jump and I have all the sympathy in the world for anyone who does it but you aren’t a woman.”

Rocky Horror Picture show creator Richard O’Brien to UK gay newspaper The Metro in response to a question about feminist Germaine Greer’s assertion that “Just because you lop off your cock and then wear a dress, doesn’t make you a fucking woman.” Humphries (Dame Edna) agreed with Greer, saying “I agree with Germaine! You’re a mutilated man, that’s all.” After public outcry, the fictional Dame Edna later issued an odd apology for Humphries statements, saying “I disassociate myself from anything Barry Humphries has to say.”

Earlier in the interview, O’Brien refers to himself as a “third sex” and is “somewhere in the middle” between male and female.

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