Star Trek into Darkness‘ Alice Eve made some comments about Bruce Jenner recently that were not taken well by fellow Instagram users.
The comments were in reference to Jenner’s gender identity.
Eve said “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.
“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.
The backlash from the post led Eve to take it down. Among other things, she was called “blatantly transphobic,” “cruel,” and “terrible.”
“Maybe this needs a little thought,” Eve said after the backlash. She thanked those who had commented “for engaging with me on this subject, because I felt confused and now I feel enlightened and like I know what education I need to move forward. I appreciate the time and thought.
“I am a supporter of anyone who wishes to explore their gender identity. Sometimes language doesn’t express the spectrum of identity sufficiently, as in this case. I am also a believer in equal rights for all…whatever your race, color or creed.”