If you haven’t already seen the story plastered across your newsfeed, Bruce Jenner was involved in a brutal car accident this afternoon, leaving one person dead at the scene. According to TMZ, Jenner was being chased by “as many as five paparazzi at the time of the accident.” The tabloids’ recent fixation on Jenner’s transition clearly reached a new level of insanity today—one that’s taken the life of an innocent woman on Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway.
Yesterday, TMZ ran an unfortunate article discussing the potential that Jenner’s “sexual preference could be uncertain after cross-sex hormone therapy” because, you know, this is pressing news, guys—news that’s written with an attitude that makes Jenner’s decisions seem like faults. The disappointing article opened a floodgate of vicious, thoughtless comments below with anonymous users flinging insults like, “FREAK,” and, “Definition of an f’n weirdo.” Another user wrote, “Is he wearing dresses now or skirts? LOL!”
The more we treat Jenner like an alien, the more we teach readers that the brave few who’re bold enough to honor their happiness and make a transition like this are less valuable human beings. The more we write about Jenner’s transition with an accusatory, pessimistic tone, the more we continue to alienate the transgender community—one that’s already so horribly isolated. It’s time we start looking at Jenner’s actions with a positive light—one that will teach the public about this community of dynamic, inspiring individuals who aren’t afraid to break free of their natural-born sex.
Because at the end of the day, Jenner is braver than any of you.