I thought I'd let the dust settle a little bit before writing about the name(s) that have been on everyone's lips this past week. Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that I'm referring to the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair Photo-shoot.
Contrary to the masses, I'm not a supporter of his latest transformation. To be brutally honest, I think it's weird. I have never been one to follow the crowd and I guess that remains true today.
This past week I've seen so many posts supporting and encouraging his decision to become a woman. I wonder if all these well meaning people have truly considered the consequences of his actions.
My family and I watched the interview with Diane Sawyer a few months ago on television. I could hardly believe it was Bruce Jenner. It certainly was not the confident young Olympian I remembered from the mid-60's. There was something in his eyes that was so haunting. He truly looked lost and seeking acceptance.
I couldn't help but think that he's a little "off" somehow when he kept referring to himself in the third person. It was both confusing and sad. The breaking point for me was when he retold a conversation he had with one of his Kardashian stepdaughter's (ugh) who told him that if he was going to do this, he needed to do it right and get himself a va-j-j - verbatim. Followed by his nervous nasal-y cackling laughter. Poor man, I felt so embarrassed for him.
This interview did very little to keep his dignity in tact. What will happen once the paparazzi eventually turns and begins to ridicule him? This once great man will become the butt of many jokes. I fear he will feel more alone than he ever has in his life.
It begs the question - why would a man of 65 years put himself through this? The surgeries, hormones and God only knows what else he has been taking must be so taxing on his body as well as his mental health.
Truly, I think the only people who will benefit from this are the paps, the photographers (how much do you think Annie Liebowitz made from that photo shoot) and the doctors. For shame.
Hi! I'm Chris, an empty nester living in Montreal and making the most of this stage in my life. I love cooking for friends and family, DIY projects, decorating and writing.