Bruce Jenner has two sons, Brandon and Brody, and both are now expressing outrage over a tabloid’s decision to concoct a cover photo depicting Jenner as a woman. InTouch photoshopped Bruce’s head over a British star’s body, with the title “Bruce’s Story: My life as a woman,” adding red lipstick to Bruce’s face, reported Web Pro News.
The magazine cover generated outrage on social media as well as criticism from celebrities and transgender rights activists. Among them is Janet Mock, who emphasized how offensive she found the issue.
“Here’s a headline: Bruce Jenner is whoever Bruce Jenner says he is,” declared Mock.
As for Brandon and Brody, a source told Radar Online that Jenner’s sons were furious with the publication.
“The magazine cover didn’t come as a surprise to the brothers, but they both feel it’s very insensitive to the LGBT community. Both Brandon and Brody are both very strong supporters of LGBT people. They’re standing by their dad through this.”
But how did the cover get created? Cambio reports that InTouch utilized a photo of Dynasty actress Stephanie Beacham from an event in 2003. Using Photoshop, the magazine then superimposed Bruce’s face on her body and mocked up makeup and plucked eyebrows.
InTouch also admitted inside the issue that the cover photo was fake.
“[The cover is] what Bruce wants to look like when his transformation is complete, and their inside knowledge was used for our photo recreation.”
As the Inquisitr reported, among those attacking the publication was Russell Brand. He even created a video challenging the magazine, calling it bullying, shown below.
Some experts referred to the cover and the ongoing media focus on Bruce Jenner’s appearance as transphobia, as the Inquisitr revealed. Among them, Howard Bragman, who managed the publicity for Chastity Bono’s transition from female to Chaz Bono.
“This is the transgender version of ‘blackface.’ It is offensive, unacceptable and transphobic,” he posted on Twitter.
Bragman also accused the media of doing whatever it takes for attention, regardless of who is impacted.
“Magazines fight for attention and they’re certainly getting that. I do not believe in the concept of attention at any price.”
Also attacking the cover is Kris Jenner, reported the Christian Times.
“[The magazine] is out of touch with reality,” declared Kris.
But while Kris expressed her outrage, Bruce Jenner stayed calm.
“[I don’t] pay attention to this kind of stuff,” insisted Bruce.
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