Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner and Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner is no more.

Even his Wikipedia page corrects you.

Now, it's Caitlyn.

Caitlyn Jenner (born October 28, 1949), formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American former track and field athlete, current television personality, and LGBT rights activist.[2]

Jenner came to international attention when, while identifying as a man, she won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal. Subsequently she starred in numerous movies and television specials including several made-for-TV movies, and was briefly Erik Estrada's replacement on the TV series CHiPs.

Jenner was married for nearly 24 years to Kris Jenner (formerly Kardashian); the couple and their children appeared beginning in 2007 on the television reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Following their divorce in 2015, Jenner came out in a television interview as a trans woman, initially preferring male pronouns until her transition was more complete.[3] In June 2015, Jenner revealed her new name, Caitlyn, and the official change to using female pronouns.[4] Many news sources have described Jenner as the most famous openly transgender person in the world.[5][6][7]

Jenner is getting positive reaction to her appearance.

From Ken Shepherd, NewsBusters:

Wrapping up a gushy panel segment hailing Bruce Jenner's transition to "Caitlyn," a transgendered woman, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews hailed the importance of being "good about these things" and affirming the life choices made by persons like Bruce Jenner with gender identification issues, because, well, "learning is the best part of life."

At that, guests Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and Democratic strategist Jennice Fuentes hailed Jenner as "beautiful" and "stunning" respectively. Matthews made sure to toss back, "I may not go that far" but quickly added, "but I do appreciate your taste."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Jenner most definitely does not look like a 65-year-old.

From the New York Times:
In April, Bruce Jenner spoke about her transition to being a woman in a television special that drew nearly 17 million viewers.

On Monday, that woman revealed her new identity, appearing as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. The photograph of Ms. Jenner in a corset, shot by Annie Leibovitz and accompanied by the headline “Call Me Caitlyn,” immediately became a sensation on social media when the magazine posted the article online.

Ms. Jenner, 65, who won an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, has had a long public life. As Bruce Jenner, she had been on the cover of Playgirl, an author, an actor and most recently a part of the Kardashian family’s reality television empire. Earlier this year, reports emerged that Bruce Jenner was in the process of becoming a woman.

The Vanity Fair article represents the latest in a carefully calibrated series of public steps by Ms. Jenner and her team, as she moves toward the debut of a new reality show on the E! network that will begin at the end of July, and a new public life as a woman. A Twitter account, in the name of Caitlyn Jenner, was started at the same time that the Vanity Fair article was published online. Within hours, the account had more than 1.1 million followers.

I always think it's weird when people use third person to refer to themselves.

In this case, it seems to emphasize a transition that's not complete.

I don't know. Is this actually just the ultimate reality show?

When things like this play out in the public eye, I'm wary.

I hope Jenner is happy, getting to know Caitlyn.

We'll know how it goes. We can watch on E!

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