Bruce Jenner, the media, and coming out as transgender

Bruce Jenner, the media, and coming out as transgender


>>>WELCOME BACK. YESTERDAY BRUCE JENNER WAS INVOLVED IN A HORRIFIC FOUR-CAR ACCIDENT IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, IT LEFT ONE PERSON DEAD AND FIVE INJURED. FORMER OLYMPIC MEDALIST AND MORE RECENTLY KARDASHIAN REALITY TV STAR LEFT UNHARMED. NOW L.A. CANNOT SHERIFF IS LAUNCHING VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR. THERE ARE REPORTS JENNER TOLD HIS LAWYER HE WAS BEING CHASED BY PAPARAZZI. WHILE WE DON’T KNOW THAT TO BE TRUE, WE KNOW JENNER HAS BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR MONTHS WITH SPECULATION RUNNING RAMPANT JENNER IS TRANSITIONING FROM A MAN TO A WOMAN. ALL THE SPECULATION AND GOSSIP HAS MADE HIS PHOTOGRAPH THE MOST WANTED IN HOLLYWOOD. JOINING ME, SARAH, WHAT’S>>Reporter: WE WERE LISTENING TO YOU A LIEUTENANT WHO WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE PAPARAZZI HAD ANY HAND IN THIS THEIR REACTION WAS THERE IS NO INDICATION AT THIS TIME THAT BRUCE JENNER WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM THE PAPARAZZI OR DOING ANY SORT OF MANEUVER TO GET AWAY FROM THE PAPARAZZI. BUT, HOWEVER, THAT THE PAPARAZZI WAS LIKELY THERE. IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE PICTURES THAT’S COME OUT FROM THE SCENE, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE WERE PEOPLE DEFINITELY TAKING PICTURES OF HIM BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PICTURE OF BEFORE THE CRASH, WHILE THE CRASH IS HAPPENING, AND AFTER THE CRASH HAPPENED. IT WAS A HORRIFIC CRASH. WHEN YOU SEE THESE PICTURES, YOU CAN SEE THE CAR THAT BRUCE JENNER, ACCORDING TO POLICE, HIT FROM BEHIND AND PUSHED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC WHICH WAS THEN HIT BY A HUMMER. THE PERSON IN THAT CAR, A WOMAN, WE’RE TOLD BY THE CORONER, WAS KILLED. AS YOU MENTIONED, SEVEN PEOPLE HEADED TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THIS VERY, VERY BAD ACCIDENT. BUT RIGHT NOW ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THERE IS NO VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CASE BEING LOOKED AT. IT IS SIMPLY A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WITH A FATALITY. WE ARE HEARING OFFICIALLY THAT IS THE WORD FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING. I JUST CHECKED WITH THEM. HOWEVER, THEY ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THIS CASE, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WERE. BUT SEVERAL CARS INVOLVED IN THIS. ONE OF THEM GOT THE BRUNT OF IT, KILLING THE DRIVER. BRIAN?>>SARA, THAT’S IMPORTANT. SO THERE IS NO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ONGOING AT THIS MOMENT.>>Reporter: AT THIS MOMENT WE’RE TOLD — THIS IS THE OFFICIAL WORD. THERE IS A LOT. AS YOU KNOW, THIS TOWN HAS A LOT OF SOURCES AND THERE’S ALWAYS A LOT OF RUMORS GOING ON. BUT OFFICIALLY RIGHT NOW WE ARE TOLD IT IS JUST A TRAFFIC INCIDENT THAT HAD A FATALITY. BUT THERE IS STILL AN OPEN INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW INTO WHAT HAPPENED EXACTLY AT THE SCENE.>>GOT IT. SARA, THANKS VERY MUCH.>>>DESCRIBING RUMORS THAT HAPPENED IN LEGAL CONTEXT. THERE ARE MANY, MANY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT CONTEXTS. GOSSIP MAGAZINES HAVE BEEN CLAIMING BRUCE JENNER IS TRANSITIONING FROM A MALE TO FEMALE FOR A WHILE NOW. IN CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO SHOPPED PICTURE WITH LIPSTICK. WITH REPORTS JENNER IS DOCUMENTING HIS TRANSITION FOR A REALITY TV SHOW, THIS POSSIBILITY IS GETTING A LOT OF MEDIA COVERAGE. I WANT TO BRING IN SOMEONE WHO KNOWS FIRSTHAND WHAT IT IS LIKE WHEN THE MEDIA TAKES A VERY PRIVATE MATTER AND TURNS IT INTO A VERY PUBLIC SPECTACLE. RENE RICHARDS WON THE RIGHT TO PLAY TENNIS MASS A WOMAN AFTER HER RE-ASSIGNMENT SURGERY IN 1985. SHE’S NOW AN EYE SURGEON AND COACHED SOME TENNIS GREATS. AUTHOR OF “SPY NIGHT AND OTHER MEMORIES,” A COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM DICK AND RENE. RENE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, BRIAN.>>I’M TRYING TO IMAGINE WHAT BRUCE JENNER MAY BE GOING THROUGH. HE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING PUBLICLY. I FIND MYSELF WONDERING WHICH PRONOUN I SHOULD USE, HE OR SHE, GIVEN THAT THE PHOTOS SEEM TO BE SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE. DO YOU THINK THIS SHOULD BE FAIR GAME FOR JOURNALISTS BEFORE HE SAYS SOMETHING PUBLICLY ABOUT IT?>>WELL, FROM A PERSONAL STANDPOINT, I WOULD SAY NO BECAUSE I WAS VERY UPSET WHEN I WENT THROUGH MY TRANSFORMATION AND TRIED TO DO IT PRIVATELY, AS WAS DONE IN THOSE DAYS. SO-CALLED WOODWORKING. I MOVED 3,000 MILES AWAY, CHANGED MY NAME. AND THEN I WAS OUTED WHEN I PLAYED IN A TENNIS TOURNAMENT AND WON IT IN LA JOLLA, AND FOREVER AFTER I WAS A HOUSEHOLD WORD. SO FROM MY STANDPOINT, YES, I DON’T THINK THE PUBLIC HAS ANY RIGHT TO KNOW. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, BRUCE JENNER IS A QUASI PUBLIC FIGURE, AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM AND HIS FAMILY, AND I WOULD THINK IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO KEEP ALMOST ANYTHING HE’S DOING, ESPECIALLY LIKE AN EVENTUAL-COMING SEX CHANGE OPERATION COULD BE A PROBLEM.>>ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HE’S APPARENTLY WORKING ON A REALITY SHOW ABOUT THIS. THAT COULD BE A REALLY IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL MOMENT FOR VIEWERS. RIGHT?>>WELL? I DON’T KNOW. I SUPPOSE IT MIGHT. THERE IS A LOT NOW GOING ON IN TERMS OF EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE TRANSGENDER CONDITION. BUT ANYTHING NEW AND FORTHRIGHT AND CORRECT WOULD BE HELPFUL. AND COMING FROM SOMEBODY LIKE BRUCE JENNER WHO WAS AN OLYMPIC DECATHLON CHAMPION, I THINK TWO COUNT FOR SOMETHING.>>DO YOU THINK THERE’S ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO TELL HIM AT THIS MOMENT WHEN HE’S MAYBE PREPARING TO DO HIS FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW? THERE’S RUMORS THAT DIANE SAWYER WILL BE TALKING TO HIM SHORTLY.>>I THINK IT WOULD BE PREPOSTEROUS FOR ME TO TRY TO ADVISE BRUCE JENNER.>>BUT BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE ’70s, NOTHING THAT YOU WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT FOR HIM.>>I LEARNED MY LESSON WHEN EVERY TIME A TRANSGENDER ATHLETE TRIED TO COMPETE IN HIS OR HER SPORT, I WOULD GET THE CALL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO GIVE MY OPINION ON IT. AND I GAVE ONE ONCE AT A CANADIAN MOUNTAIN BIKER AND I SAID, I DIDN’T THINK THAT SHE SHOULD PLAY ON THE NATIONAL TEAM, BUT MAYBE SHE’D JUST PLAY IN CLUB EVENTS. AND THE HEADLINE IN THE CANADIAN NEWSPAPER THE NEXT DAY WAS, “DOC SAYS DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.”

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  • Bruce Transjenner? how can we keep up with the kardashians?!?! .LoL 😀 Im sure he would look lovely in a gown on the red carpet .

  • So because it's Bruce Jenner, it's looked at as a "traffic incident with a fatality". Had it been anyone else, they would've definitely been charged with vehicular manslaughter.
    And that Renee Richards is one of the ugliest people. My goodness.  

  • It's good that he's finally being who he really is inside, and it's good that he feels that our society is accepting and understanding enough to finally accept him for who he really is – a she.

  • It's tragic that there was a car accident, of course, but I think it's such an incredibly positive thing that it happens to be Bruce Jenner who is transitioning, because the 1976 Olympics plus Keeping Up with the Kardashians together mean that pretty much every single person on earth knows who he is.  

    Now everyone will know someone who is transgender and people will be better able to relate.  

    He isn't a very exciting member of KUWTK, but he was certainly an American hero in 1976, and he is a hero to a new generation of people now for having the courage to be himself . . . or, as it turns out, herself!  

  •   Good grief, what a parade of freaks!  Renée Richards is as scary as they come. And the worst part is that by virtue of Bruce Jenner rear-ending the woman and ending her life, all that's being discussed is a pervert's adventures in perversion.  

  • All that matters to the Kardashian-Jenner clan is publicity which translates into money. Bruce's sex change is the best thing that's happened to the Kardashians ever! Unless Kris thinks of something really outrageous [like a public human sacrifice] or Kanye, himself, decides to become a woman too, nothing is going to top this and since, the Kardashians have infected Bruce with their craziness, I'm sure that the sex-change will be televised. We'll see Bruce go into the hospital and they'll film  him when he's coming out of the anesthesia, so we can hear his first utterances as a woman. Believe me, it will be the highest rated program of the season. Half of America and the world will be tuned in! They've hit the jackpot just as their ratings were going down!

  • It'sOkayI'mOtaku says:

    I love how nobody gives a fuck that somebody died in that car crash, no the gay dickhead is the only thing that matters.

  • Is it normal for you in the Us to say a wonan died in a car accident? Like no name, nothing
    Like no big deal
    But look Bruce is transitioning!!

  • The most interesting thing in this video was where transgender men and women should be placed in the olympics. I feel like they should compete with the sex they identify with since hormone replacement therapy can totally change the way their fat and muscles grow. 

  • Show Me What You Got says:

    DOES NO ONE QUESTION???  Does no one question that the two male leads in the show both suffered massive hormonal imbalances?  Rob and Bruce BOTH developed major issues.  Does no one question that: THE WOMEN AND OR SHOW STAFF WERE FEEDING BOTH OF THESE GUYS FEMALE HORMONES FOR RATINGS?  It is freaking obvious.

  • I remember when he was in the Olympics..I had the BIGGEST CRUSH on him! Oh My!

    You know? I really have been feeling sorry for him, in a way, over the past 10 years.
    He was once quite famous & then He married into the Kardashians Family (Dynasty).
    Bruce has my deepest respect; I think it would be difficult to be around all those attention seeking women in his family.  Seeing even your own flesh & blood daughters sought out consistently by Hollywood & Modeling Agents & by the media! He almost seems to be the submissive one in the family; doing what he's told, always in the backdrop… being a 'Good Sport'; doing what Kris says & go along for the humble-pie~ride. I say "Good Luck" to you Brue!  I'm Feeling your heartache ~ I know you're a very kind hearted person & maybe you feel used & ALONE!  Hang in there…!
    ~ Peace

  • to each it's own….i can't help but lol and please don't say i'm homophobic or discriminatory against ANYONE it's just that when they showed Renee Richards and she spoke it reminded me of a movie scene in the movie Golden Child with Eddie Murphy in which he was on a talk show with someone who also had a transgender on the stage and when she spoke it was with a raspy low voice,lmao but on a serious note i wonder after the surgery and everything has been transformed from male to female or vice versa do they feel obligated to share the info with whomever approaches them in a "i'm interested in you way" or do they keep it to themselves until something transpires

  • I consider myself open to the choices people make in finding their happiness.  I find that I have such a hard time watching and hearing this interview.  It is so unsettling and I don't know why.

  • what an idiot (talking about the host), "I find myself not knowing which pronoun I should use, he or she" even though Bruce had not come out publicly at the time. How disrespectful! If Bruce wanted to be referred to as a she – he would have made this clear. What a stupid and insulting thing to say!

  • Brian is an idiot and I hate his question "would you have any advice for him" (Jenner, about coming out on the Sawyer program) – I'm glad Renee chose to not answer that. Classy lady.

  • I always thought he was more "trans-species." The more plastic surgery he had around his mouth, the more it looked as if he was developing into a fish. Specifically…a trout.

  • Jacqueline Goebel says:

    I'm so proud of Bruce for doing what makes him happy. I'll alway be a fan and your gender won't ever change it! Much love bruce do u and make yourself HAPPY

  • Leave him alone he deserves to be happy and how he is happy is his choice not yours… don't make fun of him cause it is something you hate. He is not doing anything wrong. If he wasn't famous he would still choose to change. There are many people your age that are going through the same thing but not strong enough and choose to end there life's because of people like you… lets stick up for them and not be bullies

  • And then comes the day when those kids come from school, asking "mommy! daddy! what do the other kids mean when they call you perverts?"

    "Well, daddy likes to dress up as a woman and mommy wishes she had a penis. That, and we enjoyed to get some attention in the media with our story. Sorry kids, gotta live with it – now go and play with mommys dildo!"

  • Kimberly Fuselier says:

    To each his own!! It's not for us to pass judgement. He/She is the one who has to live with the decisions he makes.

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