In last week’s column I wrote about cross-dressing former Olympic US athlete Bruce Jenner. Regrettably, this upset some people.
SBS comedy writer Rebecca Shaw was particularly infuriated. “In the very first sentence [Blair] does everything you are not meant to do if you are a person who cares about the lives of transgender people. Or if you are just a decent person,” she wrote.
“He refers to Caitlyn as Bruce, says that Caitlyn ‘is’ a man, and misgenders her over and over. This is not satire, it is not funny, and it is disgraceful.”
All fair points. I would only offer in my defence that Jenner is technically still male. Then again, he was involved in a fatal car crash just a few weeks after deciding he’s now a woman, which at least demonstrates an impressive commitment to his new gender. Following many decades of competent driving, Jenner can no longer reverse park.
There’s more, but you get the idea.