So, what did you — my mostly non-LGBTQ readers here — think about Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night? First, did you watch it? If so, what did you think when Bruce declared, essentially, that “I am a woman, but keep calling me Bruce and using male pronouns when referring to me.”
It seems Bruce wants to delay the name and pronoun changes till later . . . Right after the show, it was announced that Bruce will be the subject of an eight-part reality-TV documentary series about his transgender journey — presumably to at least the point of name and pronoun changes.
Does it look like an attempt to cash in on a legitimate gender transition? Bruce would not be the first one to do that: there are several — at least five — others who are cashing in on their “trans” status and America’s current fascination with transgenderism. But Bruce will eclipse them all, and possibly raise the trans publicity game to almost unattainable levels for others — because, let’s face it, Bruce has the Kardashian machine and the Hollywood tabs and talk shows behind him.
Even the mainstream media in the United States are overlooking the inconsistencies in this case and falling all over themselves to hop on the Bruce Jenner bandwagon. Yes, there is money to be made in Bruce’s gender transition . . . Ka-ching . . . Ka-ching . . . Roll up for the magical mystery tour, step right this way . . . Ka-ching . . . Ka-ching . . .
This post is not about transgenderism, so if you respond, keep that in mind. It’s about the evolving Bruce Jenner story. As a journalist, I am interested in hearing what you have to say about that particular story.
Are you suspicious about motive? Do you think it’s more about making money? Or do you think it’s a legitimate attempt by Bruce to educate people through his experience?
While LGBT people are welcome to join in the conversation here, I am mostly interested in hearing from non-LGBT people. What do you think about it (not transgenderism in general)?