BY JENNIE MCNULTY
Normally, I do not read the comment section of internet articles and blogs. It usually aggravates me. But, I did. And, I’m not sure what is more surprising to me the fact that the internet comments about Caitlyn Jenner are so mean and ignorant or the fact that I’m surprised by that.
She looked so fabulous in the Vanity Fair photos and had been receiving so much seemingly positive coverage, I was curious to see if people were more supportive for her than they were for Chaz Bono (about whom some pretty horrific things were written).
Nope. Every bit as hateful. Not all, of course, but a majority of the comments I read were definitely negative.
I guess I had hoped that more people were coming around. Being more, if not enlightened, accepting. But, the comments I saw were very disappointing. And, at times, moronic. There was the usual “everything wrong with the world is because of the Queers” variety comment.
And the, “It’s not my personal feelings and rationalizations, it’s in the Bible” hate speech excuses.
As well as, the ugly name-calling bigotry that I certainly will not give specific voice to here.
Although, one comment did make me laugh: “I have no words.” Why the hell would you log in to comment to say you don’t have a comment? What’s the thought process there? “Hmm, people are gonna need to know that I have nothing to say. I better write that down.” Now, THAT’S an example of narcissism (thrown around a lot) not Bruce becoming Caitlyn.
Why? Why do, theoretically, adult people feel the need to say ugly things about others who have no impact on their lives? Perhaps, it’s the same insecurities that made them bully when they were younger. Or, perhaps, they’re just douche bags. Oooops, hey, they started it.
But what can we learn from this (other than a chunk of our society is very mean-spirited)?
1. Don’t read the comment section. You will either agree with it (and be wasting your time) or be offended and/or pissed off by it (wasting your energy).
2. Bigoted people tend to also be shitty spellers. Do they not see the giant red line under their words? Maybe they just think that’s the internet tellin’ ‘em, “That was a good one! I underlined it in red for you.”
3. It takes a lot to upstage a Kardashian pregnancy announcement. We hardly heard about it. And, if you didn’t know, well, see?
4. Every letter we add to our acronym takes a little heat off us. I’m just a plain old “L” now. No one’s even ranting about “the gay thing” anymore. Now it’s the “T’s” turn. I say we do the recruiting they accuse us of just to add some more heat-takers to our group. Look out “Questionings,” you’re next.
5. If you need headshots, call Annie Leibovitz.
Caitlyn Jenner finally took the steps she needed to live her life authentically and be who she knows she really is. I think, whether they know it or not, that is what the haters don’t like. Somebody taking difficult steps to change their lives for the better. No longer living a life of frustration. I think those haters are stuck in miserable places in their own lives and either unwilling, unable or unknowing how to change. So they take it out on someone who has the courage to do so. Or maybe they’re just douche bags. Either way, don’t read the comment section.
And, don’t be fooled by a panel of talk show hosts or your Facebook and Google feeds (algorithmically altered to suit your tastes seriously, that’s true). This is not an easy road. Racism isn’t over because we have a black president and GLBTQ-phobia is alive and well. So, as part of the ever growing acronym, we need to continue to stand up when we do hear people say horrible things. And, also stand up in support.
The only thing that I don’t get, my only questions to Caitlyn is, how could anyone living in a house full of Kardashians ever want to be a woman?
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