Award named after Dame Edna comic strip Barry Humphries is ADDICTED from comedy festival about his & # 39; transphobic comments & # 39; – but fellow comedians are divided over the move
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival has renamed the Barry Award
- The title has been changed to & # 39; Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award & # 39;
- Last year, Barry Humphries claimed & # 39; transgender is a fashion & # 39; to be in an interview
A comedy festival has dumped Barry Humphries & # 39; name from an award after & # 39; transphobic comments & # 39; he made last year, causing his comedians to diverge.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has received the Barry Award, presented to the most remarkable show since 2000.
But this year they have the & # 39; Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award & # 39; called.
It comes after Humphries claimed last year a & # 39; transgender is a fashion & # 39; to be.
& # 39; How many different types of toilet can you have? And it's pretty bad when crazy teachers preach it to kids, & Humphries told The Spectator magazine.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has received the Barry Award, presented to the most remarkable show since 2000 (photo by Barry Humphries)
In 2016, Humphries, who is best known for his drag character Dame Edna Everage, named gender revision surgery as & # 39; self-mutilation & # 39 ;.
He has also criticized Caitlyn Jenner as a & # 39; publicity-seeking ratbag & # 39; because he wanted to steal the spotlight from the other women in her family.
Former comedian Greg Fleet said that Humphries comments were disproportionate and that the name does not need to be changed.
& # 39; I don't think what he said was right and I don't think he was trying to be provocative, I honestly believe he thought so. It's not really something to say, but he doesn't mind now, & he said to Herald Sun.
However, the Drag Queen artist Dolly Diamond agrees with the name change.
& # 39; It was time … that you are increasingly known as a transformer than as a comedian, you have to go, & # 39; she said.
Festival director Susan Provan said: & # 39; As one of the most important events in Victoria and one of & # 39; the world's biggest comedy festivals, it's time for the prize for the most remarkable show in our name. & # 39;
& # 39; Removing gender from the prize name is now appropriate – not least to acknowledge that one third of all past recipients are women. & # 39;
& # 39; The prize is not tied to a person to best celebrate and focus on the outstanding artists who are part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. & # 39;
But this year they have renamed the title to & # 39; transfobe & # 39; comments Humphries made last year