January 14, 2016
Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Gobes and the internet is on fire- ¡en fuego!– about it. And whose socks are in a tizzy? The usual easily-offended crowd.
“OH MY GAWD! HE MADE A CAITLYN JENNER JOKE! I AM GOING TO GO ON THE INTERNET AND COMPLAIN! TRANSGENDERPHOBE! HOW DARE HE!!!!!!!!!!! BOYCOTT! CENSOR! KILL HIM! AND OH YEAH HILLARY 2016!” – Totally representative sample tweet
Calm down, settle down, put down those pitchforks. Let’s read the joke, shall we? For many of the loudest whiners, this will be the first time.
“I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously … now Caitlyn Jenner. What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?”
WHOA! A transgender joke! This is 2016! How un-PC! How… how… wait a minute. Do you see that?
It’s not a transgender joke at all! It is a joke about Jenner’s bad driving. It has nothing to do with his/her gender. In fact it compliments her on breaking barriers.
In the end, it is just a cliché joke about bad woman drivers.
And isn’t that the ultimate acceptance? Caitlyn Jenner is now the butt of a tired old, stereotypical bad woman driver joke.
Meanwhile, I’m sorry for assaulting your eyes with that awful (and totally not transphobic) picture of Caitlyn Jenner. To make up for it, here’s Katy Perry.