While Drake Bell may be feeling the heat for his Twitter comments refusing to acknowledge Caitlyn Jenner’s new gender identity, Fox News jumped on the bandwagon to ridicule the reality star and legendary athlete, mocking her transgender status and repeatedly referring to Jenner as “he” and “him.” While other news organizations seemed to be honestly struggling a bit with making proper references, Fox News made it clear Monday night this was no oversight, making jokes that clearly showed Neil Cavuto’s distaste for Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender transformation.
As Cavuto introduced the segment discussing Jenner’s glamorous Vanity Fair cover, he turned it over to co-anchor Dagen McDowell by asking “What the hell is going on?” McDowell then proceeded to refer to Jenner as “he” and “him” throughout her commentary, although she did manage to be complimentary, and corrected herself one time on the preferred pronoun in respect for Caitlyn Jenner’s new transgender status.
“He looks hot [on the cover.] Or she looks hot, rather.”
If you are thinking it might have been an honest mistake, McDowell specifically noted that Caitlyn Jenner would be using feminine pronouns now, even as the Fox News anchor continued referring to Jenner with male pronouns. Then McDowell reduced Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover and transformation reveal to a publicity stunt to “one-up his most famous step-daughter, Kim Kardashian,” who just announced her second pregnancy.
After finally acknowledging Caitlyn Jenner’s female status, McDowell then objectified Jenner as a female, likening her to a sex object.
“But what about the outfit? It’s a white satin corset, very Playboy Bunny-esque, is it not Neil?”
Cavuto continued mocking Jenner by saying he wouldn’t know if the outfit was comparable to a Playboy Bunny, then rushed to end the segment by saying “Oh, look at the time.” Yet when Cavuto introduced guest Charles Payne for the next segment, he introduced him as “Charlene Payne,” prompting more laughter on the Fox News set. The pair then likened Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation — which has prompted a huge outpouring of support from most fans and fellow celebrities — to the last days of Rome and the end of civilization.
Some news agencies are still struggling with the decision to refer to Jenner as male or female, but GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is encouraging the media to use Caitlyn Jenner’s preferred gender references, although some media outlets are still stumbling to get it right. The New York Post offended many readers by putting “she” in quotes, prompting some Twitter backlash of their own, though not on the scale of Drake’s when he posted (then deleted) that he would continue to refer to Jenner as “Bruce.”
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