It’s only been a few months since Jenny McCarthy wed Donnie Wahlberg and ended her role as co-host of The View. Since then, the former Playboy Playmate, known for causing controversy, has been vocal and appears to be embracing a new chapter in her life. Jenny is known for playing a transsexual character in an early 2000s TV show. However, who knew McCarthy actually felt like a transgender male in real life?
Last week, Jenny McCarthy sat for an interview with PrideSource before she hosted her SiriusXM radio show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel. There, the ex-MTV game show host (Singled Out) dished on a litany of topics: her rejection of being labeled a feminist, parenting and embracing the chance her son could grow up as a gay male, self-love and acceptance and identifying with her inner-bisexuality. Apparently, she feels trans inside.
Jenny McCarthy’s views on transgenders and the LGBT community are of support and acceptance. And when she played the role as Brandi, formerly Burt, David Spade’s best friend, in the TV series Just Shoot Me, she got an epiphany. Jenny describes the character she played over a decade ago as her “best role ever.”
“I feel like that inside. I always felt like one of the guys wearing, like, a Playboy bunny outfit. I was David Spade’s buddy to begin with, so I was a natural fit, and I always felt like his brother. To play kind of the dude was almost too scary natural.”
As the host pointed out to Jenny, the collective consciousness towards the transgender community has changed over the years. Case in point: Orange is the New Black Netflix star, Laverne Cox, became the first transgender person to cover Time magazine. Jenny McCarthy was asked about her memory of the response from lesbians, gays and transgenders after her pivotal role.
“I don’t [recall]. I just remember having everybody respond positively to it, and that to me was a sign of, ‘Wow, we’re not in 1970 anymore.’ So I do feel like there was a shift, and obviously we’ve become much more of an accepting community. We still have a way to go, but look at the cover of TIME magazine.”
Before Jenny married Mark, she was a single parent raising a young autistic boy. She credits the help from two of her BFFs, who happen to be gay men. They provided child support when McCarthy was on the road.
“Yeah, I have two gay men who have helped me raise my son for the past five years and they’re getting married next year. They’ve pretty much been live-ins for the last five years of my life as a single mom when I was on the road raising Evan. Evan loves them dearly, and I love seeing through the eyes of an innocent child: He loves them for them and has no issue. It’s wonderful.”
While Jenny McCarthy is not a transgender, nor has she expressed desires of wanting to make a physical transformation, she admits that deep inside, she, like many others, have a bisexual side. Share your thoughts about McCarthy’s latest news.
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