Calling Caitlyn Jenner A “Diva” Without Proof Is Sexist And Transphobic
Caitlyn Jenner is not a “diva,” and the tabloids calling her one without any proof is simply sexist and transphobic. This past week, two magazines (quite predictably) published articles calling Jenner a “diva.” OK! blared with a headline that read, “Caitlyn’s Diva Antics,” while Life & Style titled its piece, “Caitlyn’s Being A Diva Already.” The second story’s headline tips its hand that from the moment Jenner publicly announced she was transgender, the tabloid was poised for manufacturing “diva” stories. It also shows some contempt for women in general by implying the moment you’re a woman (born as such or identifying as one later), you’re going to be a “diva.”
As Gossip Cop reported on Wednesday, OK! set forth the premise that when Jenner was Bruce, he was a “nice, humble, genuine guy.” But as soon as her interview with Diane Sawyer aired, that same person, who only appears differently now, suddenly became, according to the tabloid, a “diva” who’s “rude and arrogant and very short-tempered.”
Similarly, the Life & Style story, which Gossip Cop debunked on Thursday, alleged ever since Jenner was tapped to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, she became a “diva.” The fabricated tale claimed she demanded a “super-luxe dressing room,” something that the old “Bruce was embarrassed to ask for.”
Neither of the tabloid stories were true, but the larger message they conveyed was becoming a woman means being a diva.
The reality, though, is Caitlyn Jenner is the same nice person she always was. She wasn’t a diva when she was Bruce nor now as Caitlyn. Yes, she’s had cosmetic surgery and breast implants. But like thousands upon thousands of other women who have had various procedures, going under the knife didn’t affect their core beings and turn them out-of-the-blue into divas. More significantly, not all women are divas, and getting female hormones doesn’t automatically make someone demanding.
Gossip Cop can list dozens of examples of stories that OK! and Life & Style have published that are 100 percent factually inaccurate. But where those outlets are most wrong is when they needlessly publish transphobic and sexist articles.
Caitlyn Jenner is a real person, with family, friends, and feelings. She’s not the fictitious Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde whose personality switched on a dime. And she should also not be an unfair target for the tabloids that shamefully fabricate tales about celebrities. Manufacturing untrue stories for the sole purpose of calling Caitlyn a “diva” is transphobic to her and sexist in general to women.