A lot has been said about Bruce Jenner‘s appearance. He’s changed quite a bit from his hunky Olympics days but everyone changes, don’t they? We admit, the transformation is pretty drastic but whatever he does, chooses, likes, well, that’s for him to decide, not for us to judge.
But what began as innocent plastic surgery jokes has evolved as speculation on whether Kendall and Kylie‘s dad is transitioning into a woman continues to grow. It’s something Jenner has never publicly addressed, nor should he have to. But aside from family, from sons Brody and Brandon, to all the Ks, everything written about Bruce has been either negative or judge-y — until now.
Russell Brand, of all people, spoke about Bruce on his daily YouTube show The Trews and instead of taking aim at the Kardashian stepdad like nearly everyone else, Brand took shots at TMZ, who often use Jenner for target practice.
“Transphobia seems to be the most recent and encouraged form of prejudice, now that racism and homophobia are not tolerated,” Brand says in the eight-and-a-half minute episode. “It’s such a celebration of the worst aspects of human values.”
Brand mocks all the people who question Jenner’s ever-changing appearance, likening them to putting Bruce on a slab “to be judged in life, in life we’re already dead, in life we’re already a big subject for this kind of scrutiny, to what end? To what end?”
He continues: “What this does is it sanctions people being judgmental and cruel toward transgender folks.”
In one news bit, a host asks, “Do you think Bruce wants to be a woman? Tweet us and let us know.” Brand replies mockingly, “Do you think people should be judged until they’re driven into a hole, perhaps even suicide? Let us know!”
Rusty is shocked by the “level of scrutiny” to which Bruce is subjected and openly pleads for the attacks by the media to end.
“This is bullying. Stop. Stop. Bruce Jenner is a human being,” he said. “If you want to learn more about transgender issues, look at GLAAD.org.”
Some people might say Bruce is begging to be gossiped about, considering he’s a reality star with cameras following him everywhere he goes, but no one wants this. Where does the line get drawn?
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