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Drag performer Dame Edna calls trans folk "rat-baggery"

Entertainer Dame Edna is not a supporter of transgender folks.
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European drag performer and talk show host Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna Everage, caused a stir among trans activists and the LGBT community when he denounced trans people last week, calling them "rat-baggery": an Australian slang term for nonsense. 

Humphries' rant also included calling teachers who support trans rights "evil" and "crazy," according to Gay Star News

His words appeared in an interview for the publication called The Spectator when they asked him about his position on the subject.

"Terrible rat-baggery," said the 84-year-old, saying being trans is a "fashion – how many different kinds of lavatory can you have? And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers."

He added: "They had their genitalia chopped off and tucked in and whatever they had to do. And that aroused a lot of indignation — probably among the people who’d spent a lot of money having it done. But I don’t think I’m right to pontificate. I’m really an actor."

This may come as no surprise to some who have followed the comedian through the years. At one point he said Caitlyn Jenner is a publicity seeker who had "self-mutilated’ herself."

Humphries is also appreciative of Donald Trump who may have some resemblance to one of Humphries' personas, Sir Les Patterson.

"I’m grateful to Trump for stirring up politics," said Humphries. "And I won’t be joining any marches against him."

The Australian born funnyman is currently in London for a three-week residency at the Barbican for his show Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret.