Jenner came out as transgender in his “20/20” interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday, stating, “Yes, I am a woman.” He has since received massive support from Hollywood figures and top transgender leaders.
Although Eve’s posts have since been taken down, the BBC reports that the actress wrote, “If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. 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,” she went on. “Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.”
Supporters reacted strongly, including one post that read, “This is transphobia at its finest.” Eve attempted to engage with the backlash with the following comments:
“I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific,” she said.
“However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men.
“The transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too.”
Eve eventually removed her posts and backtracked on her original statements. She later wrote, “I’m not saying by identifying they are negatively impacting feminism, I am saying that we have to refine the language on this topic so all men, women and transgenders are accurately represented in their process of self-identification.
“Maybe this needs a little thought.
“Thank you 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.”
Since the initial report, Eve has released an official statement:
“I deeply apologize for offending anyone. I support equal rights and equal dignity for all. I have deep compassion and support for Bruce Jenner.
“My intention was not to offend. My intention was simply to express that, with the overdue and welcome acceptance of us all living on a gender spectrum, we must encourage equality for all.”