This is the Kardashian-related news I want to see. Who cares that Kanye and Kim will have to consult a compass to named their second child, when there’s something as big as this happening? Jenner has continued the transition from male-to-female and has revealed a name-change, now foregoing the previous name “Bruce”. On the front cover of Vanity Fair, under her inspiring photo, it says: “Call me Caitlyn.”
In her interview with Vanity Fair, Caitlyn admitted that as “Bruce” she was living a constant lie. She says she finally feels free to be herself after keeping her secret for so long: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
Caitlyn is already getting tons of support for her cover shoot and name-change. Vanity Fair’s tweet of the cover has gone viral and has been re-tweeted over 32 thousand times. People are commenting on her bravery, her style, and even her resemblance to the goddess-on-earth Jessica Lange.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 1, 2015
Naturally, there are still people who will rain on this parade. It’s no secret that members of the trans community get treated poorly in the media, on the internet and in real life. Just watch this Fox News clip where the cover photo sends news anchor Neil Cavuto into a tizzy. Cavuto ignores his coworker’s praise of Jenner and mutters about the fall of Rome, as if having an openly transitioning celebrity on a magazine is the sign of a crumbling society.
Maybe he’s not transphobic and he’s just upset about Fox’s coverage of Kardashian-related news. I’m sure that’s it, because Fox only reports on what’s important for society.
There seems to be an interesting phenomenon on Twitter where people don’t seem to understand how news works. They seem to think that we can only talk about one important issue at a time. If we talk about Caitlyn, how can we also talk about soldiers? What about Africa? Or Akon?
— Nelson Graveran (@nelsongraveran3) June 2, 2015
Okay Caitlyn Jenner became herself nice, cool but how bout Akon’s plan to give electricity to 600 million Africans #attentionwhereitmatters
— Jay (@JasonJonesss) June 2, 2015
Everyone’s worried about Caitlyn Jenner but Akon is actually making a difference in the world. pic.twitter.com/5TayLRVAMR
— 4 More Wins. (@LeKingJames23) June 2, 2015
The picture on the left is not bravery. The picture on the right is bravery. Know the difference. pic.twitter.com/qiauwv35cR
— Cause We’re Country (@causewecountry) June 2, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner has more courage than a soldier that lost limbs fighting for her right to make those life decisions.. not in a million years
— Daddy Goon Legend (@MontyyyG) June 2, 2015
NEWS flash for everyone on this site who thinks caitlyn jenner is better than The Troops um she s not
— Conor Tripler (@ConorTripler) June 1, 2015
Why is “Caitlyn Jenner” all over the news but not what Burma’s hate mongering buddhists are doing to innocent muslims ? #burmamuslims
— Samajdar (@MahadAamir10) June 1, 2015
This one gets it:
Everyone yells about news coverage once Caitlyn Jenner comes up but not when a boxing match or a Mexican demon is trending? #Transphobia???
— korman (@almost_diabetic) June 2, 2015
This situation deserves attention. Who knows who Caitlyn could inspire? She could help lots of people in similar situations who struggle with the possibility of publicly changing their gender-identities. In the end, it is just as wonderful that she has finally found the way to help herself.