Feminist comedian Hannah Gadsby denounces Barry Humphries as ‘irrelevant and inhumane’ in resurfaced Tweet as comedy legend dies at age 89
Australian feminist comedian Hannah Gadsby denounced comedy legend Barry Humphries five years before his death.
In a resurfaced Tweet from 2018, Gadsby, 45, branded Humphries “irrelevant and inhumane” while criticizing his comedic act.
“Barry Humphries loves those in power, hates vulnerable minorities and has completely lost the ability to read the room,” she wrote.
“That’s not a comedian, that’s an irrelevant, inhumanly thick cookie of the highest order.”
Following news of Humphries’ death on Saturday, media insider Peter Ford reposted the historic tweet and hit back: “Comedy is subjective. We don’t all find the same things funny.’
Feminist comedian Hannah Gadsby, 45, (pictured) denounced Barry Humphries as ‘irrelevant and inhumane’ in a resurfaced Tweet
“Hannah is entitled to her opinion. However, I believe I understand Hannah identifying as funny, but Barry actually WAS funny. I hope she is proud of the charges against a then 84-year-old man.’
It comes after Gadsby controversially scored at Humphries in 2017 while accepting an award named after him at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Nanette star received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show and used her acceptance speech to hit back at comments from festival founder Humphries.
Humphries previously referred to transgender women as “mutilated men.”
In a resurfaced Tweet from 2018, Gadsby labeled Humphries “irrelevant and inhumane” while criticizing his comedic act. Following news of Humphries’ death on Saturday, media insider Peter Ford reposted the Tweet and hit back at Gadsby
Gadbsy accepted the award, saying she respected Humphries as a comedian, but disagreed with his statements.
It follows news that Humphries died surrounded by his immediate family, including his wife of 30 years Lizzie Spender, his children Tessa, Emily, Oscar and Rupert, and 10 grandchildren.
He is best known for his characters Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.
Humphries, who has lived in London for decades, came back to Sydney for Christmas in December.
He subsequently suffered a fall that led to his hip replacement surgery.
“He was completely himself to the end and never lost his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity,” his family said in a statement.
Humphries died surrounded by his immediate family, including his wife of 30 years Lizzie Spender, his children Tessa, Emily, Oscar and Rupert, and 10 grandchildren
Performing on stage for over 70 years, Humphries was ‘an entertainer at heart’ who loved his audience and never took them for granted.
But he was also a painter, writer, poet and art collector.
He was also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend and confidant to many. His passing leaves a void in so many lives,” his family said.
“The characters he created, who made millions of people laugh, will live on.”
He is best known for his characters Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. Pictured as Dame Edna in 2019