Actress Alice Eve is in hot water after criticizing Bruce Jenner in the name of feminism.
In a now deleted Instagram post, according to the BBC
, Eve allegedly wrote, "'For all intents and purposes I am a woman.' 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. So you do you."
And it didn't stop there ...
"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 added. "If you have gone through the process of hormones and had an operation then you aren't subject to better economic treatment. Then, you are a woman. Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then my friend, you are a woman."
Eve has since apologized for her comments.
"I deeply apologize for offending anyone," she said in a statement to ET. "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."
Needless to say, her initial comments didn't go over too well on social media.
The 33-year-old She's Out of My League
star later attempted to explain her comments, writing in follow-up posts, according to Time
, "I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific. However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men."
The actress followed up the social media furor with two Instagram posts, one of Harnaam Kaur, a bearded woman and activist for body confidence.
"#EqualPay #EqualRights," she wrote.
She also posted a picture of David Bowie with text on the photo reading, "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."