Jane Fonda had some kind words about Bruce Jenner. As you know, Bruce Jenner revealed that he’s transitioning to become a woman during a sit down interview with Diane Sawyer. An estimated 17 million people watched the interview, and as it turns out, it seems like actress Jane Fonda was one of them.
Known for being a progressive thinker, Fonda had kind words for Bruce and his journey that he has decided to make public. According to E!, while at the Netflix premiere for her series Grace and Frankie, Fonda said, “It’s fantastic, very brave. I wish him well on his journey. I think it’s great that he’s sharing it with us.”
It isn’t much of a surprise that Jane Fonda would support Bruce Jenner. Fonda has been very vocal about LGBT rights. During a 2013 interview, she recalled a time where she fought for equality alongside Harvey Milk. Milk, of course, was the first openly gay person to take a public office position in California. He quickly turned into an activist. Sadly, he was murdered in 1978 by Dan White, a former City Hall supervisor.
“He was the most wonderful, He was the most wonderful, lovable, huge, generous heart and spirit. It was a big loss.”
As for Bruce, in addition to Jane Fonda, he has many supporters rallying on his side, namely his family. His two ex-wives, Linda Thompson and Chrystie Crownover, have been vocal about Bruce’s journey. Both exes were aware that he crossdressed, but didn’t know about his difficult gender identity issue. Jenner was married to Crownover from 1972 to 1982, and then he was married to Thompson from 1981 to 1986.
Thompson wrote an open letter to the Huffington Post in support of Bruce, and in hopes that no one will judge him for his journey.
“It’s impossible for those of us who are comfortable living in our own skin to fully grasp what an imprisonment that must feel like to be born into the wrong body. Bruce has already ‘gone through the fire’ … it is certainly not our place to judge him or others who may feel trapped, ostracized, or alone.”
She also posted a photo with a smiling Jenner and his first wife, Chrystie Crownover.
On Good Morning America, his first wife, Chrystie Crownover, spoke about watching the Diane Sawyer interview.
“[It] was kind of surreal. It was great because the family was together and that’s what I’m most proud of. I know it’s been painful for him. I know it’s been a torment in his life.”
Watching Bruce watch the special seemed like a difficult task, because he was in so much pain. Crownover described his reaction, “Pain… pain. He was tearful at times and it broke my heart. It broke my heart for him… I think it was cathartic to watch it together. It was pretty intense.”
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