• Fri, Aug 22 - 11:19 am ET

If Bruce Jenner Is Indeed Transitioning, The Media’s Treatment Of Him Is Unacceptable

Bruce Jenner arriving at church with Kris in Los Angeles April 2014I’ve been working at Crushable for a few years now, so I’m pretty used to the extremes of celebrity news coverage, but when I opened Radar Online‘s article on Bruce Jenner this morning, I legitimately felt sick to my stomach.

Their entire ‘article’ consists of twelve photos of Bruce going about his day, presumably within the same five minute period, because all you see him doing is unlocking his car and walking through a parking lot. He looks pretty much the same way that he always does, except that he appears to have put on some weight in his chest area…which as it turns out, is the entire basis for Radar‘s post.

I can’t decide if they’re making fun of Bruce because they don’t think he’s transitioning, so it’s fair game to make fun of him about that, or if they do think he’s transitioning and just don’t care that it’s a delicate subject…but either way, they are way over the line. They’ve captioned each photo with some of the most transphobic comments I’ve ever seen. Aside from the title of the post being ‘Peek-A-Boob! Bruce Jenner Debuts Shocking New Chest Features — See The TRANSformation‘, which I can’t even handle, here are a few of the most offensive excerpts:

“Ever since Kris and Bruce Jenner split up, we’ve been keeping abreast of his TRANSformation. Bruce’s manboobs are the latest addition to his new feminine features.”

 

“Ever [sic] woMAN needs to start somewhere – in this case, it’s with a training bra.”

 

“We’ll start to get concerned if the Olympian’s boobs grow larger than his belly.”

 

“With his wallet out, Bruce should pay for a manly makeover.”

The scariest part is, I don’t even think Radar is trying to be hateful, I think they’re trying to be funny. They seem to find the potential of his transition so hilarious that they can’t look past it to realize that they have the potential to look like huge assholes in a few months or years. Although many of the signs are there, we truly have no idea how Bruce identifies, or if he’s transitioning because that’s a private matter and he hasn’t commented publicly on it.

But if he is, holy shit you guys, you need to fucking cool it! And even if he isn’t, other people in the LGBT community have, and do, and will. Is that concept really so ridiculous and hilarious that you need to make puns off the word ‘transformation’, mock him for being un-masculine, and refer to his body parts as ‘man boobs’? This is a human being we’re talking about, and there’s a strong likelihood that he’s making a brave, life-changing decision — and doing it openly!

If Radar‘s response to that is to ridicule him in this disgusting, reprehensible way, then that honestly says more about them than it does about Bruce.

(Photo: WENN.com)

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  • Alana Vincenza

    That article is the worst, props to you for calling them out on this. If he is transitioning, I wish him all the best, even though I expect many more articles will handle this indelicately.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I will fight against that with everything I have. Not even kidding.

  • Jen TheTit Whipper

    If he is or isn’t it’s incredibly rude to those who are and if he isn’t they are basically assholes because he is gaining weight. Dick. Move.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Absolutely! They’re either fat-shaming him or trans-shaming him.

  • shawni

    Thank you. I’m married to a trans man and this makes me sick.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Honestly have been nauseated all day. So not okay.

  • Anahata

    These sites thrive on mocking celebrities. The problem seems to be that they think a person transitioning their gender is something worthy of ridicule.

    Do these sites mock gay celebrities? Do they say hateful things about Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres? Why have the cool kids realized that you don’t ridicule people for sexual orientation yet they think it’s okay to ridicule over gender identity?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      So well said, thank you.

    • Mockingjay

      Doesn’t this site kinda do the same though? I see this piece as selectively sympathetic because it involves the LGBT community. I don’t think ruthlessly mocking anyone is really okay. The hypocrisy is something I find incredibly cringe-worthy.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Calling someone out for saying dumb things is different from mocking them based on something like weight, addiction, or sexual identity.

  • TheRoseHipster

    That is so awful, and pointlessly cruel.

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  • Myndee

    The poor guy has enough on his plate dealing with six narcissistic, soulless women, let the man be happy and do something he wants for once in his life. Kris has had his balls in a vice and his wallet in her bra for so long, it’s about time he has some freedom to be himself and live life how he wants WITHOUT stupid comments

  • HanzP

    Isn’t this the whole point of the show though?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Isn’t what the whole point?

    • HanzP

      To give our morally pristine society something vapid, talentless, contrived to assert our superiority over. Rest assured Bruce knows emotional sympathy is good for his character on the show, as does everyone here, right? Yes, he does his part with his hair to keep feeding the nonsense gossip, nonsense gossip feeds the show…you get it, right?

      I am not judging you, merely respectful enough to answer your question honestly.

  • Cheyenne Simpson

    I wish people would stop picking on him. I’m a huge fan of KUWTK, and Bruce has always been a nice normal laid back person on there. And men get meaty in the chest area if they are putting on weight. Also who really cares if he wants to become a woman. That’s his life, and he can do what satisfies him. He doesn’t come off as a rude person at all. I’m a Bruce Jenner fan all the way!!!

  • Cee

    Well..Kris Jenner is usually the “source” and reason why the Kardashians are on the media as much as they are, I bet she and her family are finding a way to capitalize on this. I feel very bad for him for being in the family that he is in.

    • Mockingjay

      I don’t think he is transitioning. It just doesn’t seem plausible to me. I think it is skewed that way for more publicity.

  • orangesunshyne

    Is Bruce Jenner going to become Alexis Jenner?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      If he wants!

  • Fen

    Everyone should just leave him alone. It’s no one’s business but his.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Agreed.

  • S. Robb

    All I can say is, unless you’ve walked in someone’s shoes, do NOT judge them for their life’s journey. Some of our brothers and sisters were born with the wrong body for their true self. I wish all of my friends that I haven’t met yet that are transforming, like butterflies, a smooth transition, supported by people who love, support and encourage you to be who you really are. I wish for all of the haters and judgmental, people the gifts of grace, humility, empathy and most of all, love of your fellow man.
    Judge or turn your back on ANYONE, and you just might miss the opportunity to know a great human being.

  • Jayne Lockwood

    Hi, I’ve just stumbled across this but the story is familiar to me. It’s been kicking around in the crapulous magazines for months (Chat! Closer, Heat – take your pick.) Whatever is happening in this man’s life, it is unacceptable to put him in the spotlight in such a humiliating way. As another comment said, it’s a dick move. Well done for calling them out. We should all do the same. In fact, I’m gonna do it right now.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thank you Jayne!

  • Jayne Lockwood

    Just blasted Radar Online and the cowards wouldn’t accept my comment. I guess they’re afraid of a backlash. They should be.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      So disgusted.

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