Is Bruce Jenner Coming Out As Transgender A Publicity Stunt? [VIDEO]
After months of speculation, Bruce Jenner revealed Friday night he's transgender.
In a two-hour interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, the former Olympian said:
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman." He adds: “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life -- it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”
I had no idea Bruce Jenner was a former Olympian, so that was interesting to find out. Keep in mind, I'm not a "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" fan, so I vaguely remember seeing him in a couple episodes and before this interview if you were to ask me who Bruce Jenner was, I would say Kim Kardashian's stepdad.
I watched the whole interview on Friday, while I learned about transgender struggles and obstacles that people have to go through just to live the life they want to live. These struggles have nothing to do with Bruce Jenner: he is a rich privileged person. No one cares how Bruce Jenner dresses or what gender he chooses to be. This doesn't affect him getting a job or dealing with other people he lives near in LA, transgender people have always been around. I was confused on why Bruce was being heralded as courageous or some kind of groundbreaker. He waited until he was 65 to finally announce his gender preference to the world... what is courageous about that? Seems long overdue in my opinion.
This interview and coming out as transgender seems like a plot to make himself relevant and get another reality TV show. Human sexuality is always a hot topic and controversy sells for the Kardashian camp. That seems to be the only thing anyone involved with that family cares about. Bruce Jenner knows what kind of attention and money being public with his transition means.
This whole thing points to him exploiting a hot topic: gender and sexuality. In order for me to be convinced Bruce Jenner cares about anyone other than himself, I would like his show to really spread light on real issues, like why your 17-year-old daughter is openly dating a 25-year-old single father.