Exaggerated claims, hopes, and wishes notwithstanding-
Last November, Paper magazine tried to “break the Internet” by featuring the ample posterior of Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian. Today, I hope Jenner breaks the Internet as the Vanity Fair cover ricochets across the globe.
Why? Because Jenner is ‘becoming herself’? So what? People are themselves every day and the huge majority of them don’t have to have an army of doctors, hormones, photo shoots, surgical procedures, or other extreme measures to make it happen. Being himself? Sadly he is anything and anyone but himself. He has been radically altered in order to be someone else, not himself.
Of course Jenner can do what he wants with his life, his body, his money, and everything else. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to buy into it. If he wishes to call himself a she that’s between him and God. But it’s offensive to suggest that the rest of us have to see things his way.
Indeed, the remarkable thing about all this- from the fawning of ABC News, Good Morning America, and other news outlets is the hero-fication of Jenner and the suggestion that all of us have to, and should, see his act as heroic. It isn’t. In fact, it is simply more of the same old exaggerated claims of importance of an individual’s ultimately meaningless act.
If Jenner is doing something normal, something natural, why all the hoopla? The hypocrisy of the media in this instance is appalling and blindingly apparent. Except for those who choose not to see.
No, Jenner hasn’t broken the internet. Why would the surgical procedures of any person?