Alice Eve, the actress from the Star Trek movies, made some inappropriate—and totally confusing—comments about Bruce Jenner on her Instagram page, saying that he was just "playing" as a woman.
Jenner came out as transgender on a high-profile interview last week. Eve had this to say about it on Instagram:
"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.
"Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men?" Eve asked. "Then, my friend, you are a woman."
Her followers called her out as transphobic and narrow-minded, and Eve tried to defend herself, making things worse:
"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 transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too."
SMH at the idea there's a pecking order for equality movements. She later added:
"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."
Which makes approximately zero sense. She continued, "Maybe this needs a little thought."
Yeah, maybe. The actress then deleted her posts, and uploaded two new photos with the hashtags #EqualPay, #EqualRights, and #OneLove.
A photo posted by Alice Eve (@aliceseve) on Apr 26, 2015 at 10:19pm PDT
A photo posted by Alice Eve (@aliceseve) on Apr 27, 2015 at 5:27am PDT
UPDATE: Eve owned up to her mistake and released an apology to People Magazine:
"I deeply apologize for offending anyone," wrote the actress in a statement released to PEOPLE. "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."