Eddie Izzard: 'People miffed over my pronouns should have a cup of tea'

4 February 2021, 23:26 | Updated: 4 February 2021, 23:31

Eddie Izzard in 2021
Eddie Izzard has offered calming advice to those "miffed" by her pronouns. Picture: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images

The British comedian has talked about her gender identity and offered some calming words to those upset by her pronouns.

Eddie Izzard has a message for those who are "miffed" about her pronouns.

Last year saw the British comedian, actor and writer re-affirm that her preferred pronouns are "she/her," and she's since discussed the varied responses she's had to it.

"Now I've used she and her before, but that was the day when everyone kind of went crazy on it," she told ITV News referring to the moment on Sky Arts.

"A lot of people were supportive and some people were very miffed - but I think those people should just relax, sit down, and have a cup of tea."

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Despite the the polarisong discussions surrounding her pronouns, Izzard explained to The Chris Moyles Show why she doesn't "insist" on people using them.

"I've been out 35 years, so I've been trying to acclimatise our country, our continent, our world. 35 years, so if that's not a slow enough lift," joked the multi-marathon runner.

"I just said I'm gender fluid [...] and I requested or asked [to be called she/her], I've never insisted it or demanded it. [I'd] never do that. You know, [call me] 'mate,' 'mush,' 'Eddie,' 'that person over there'. It doesn't really matter".

Watch our interview with Izzard below:

Eddie Izzard talks gender identity on The Chris Moyles Show

When Moyles mentioned he was pulled up by a few listeners because he called Eddie 'he' on-air, the stand-up said: "Everyone online thank you for backing me up with the 'she', but just relax on that.

"We've got to relax on that. With some people [it's a] complete transition and that's it, but with me I am somewhere on the spectrum. I am gender fluid, so I absolve all people right now. Anyone who uses he or she it's cool. Just everyone chill."

She added: "Tigers don't care. I've noticed that. You know if a tiger attacks you it's not going 'it's he or she or LBGT- [...]' Tigers are not bothered, so if tigers are not bothered, we shouldn't be bothered".

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