The story of Bruce Jenner declaring against human reality that he's a woman was already a tired old story, exhausted last month in a one-hour prime-time ABC "news" special. But that's not how the grand pooh-bahs of our news and entertainment media see it.
They can't get enough. Deconstruction is a tonic. And so the Kardashian-Jenner Inc. rollout continues, a perfect combination of shameless TV hucksterism and a leftist revolt against the old-fashioned notion of natural humanity. How yesterday.
We know — everyone knows — Vanity Fair rolled out a new cover of Bruce Jenner gaudily underdressed as a woman with the headline "Call Me Caitlyn." Not a cover story, mind you, just a cover image. The media went bananas. ABC, CBS and NBC offered more than 48 minutes of coverage in two days, as if Jenner was now the Queen of America.
ISIS. The 2016 campaign. Hillary's scandals. The crashing economy. Who the hell cares about that?
It would be shocking if anywhere in that 48-plus minutes of enthusiasm there was one discouraging word of dissent. Fawning is mandatory, dissent forbidden. Babbling morning hosts cooed over the Internet "buzz" (which they were fueling). Somehow they forgot to mention that a hefty portion of it expressed sadness, disgust and outrage at all the pandering.
So the Big Lie is a big hit. The emperor wears women's clothes, and everyone must bow and praise the beautiful rollout. GLAAD will destroy anyone who fails to be re-educated.
This publicity barrage is selling a new series on the cable channel E! titled "I Am Cait." You can now see all the gears and pulleys of this publicity machine. Bruce stuck with male pronouns in the first stage with ABC, so that they could make a drama out of the actual rollout of "Caitlyn Jenner." Every sensitive liberal soul is carefully taught that Bruce is a male until he decides that he's not.
He changes his name for a new TV show. At that precise moment, everyone joins the pronoun revolution. Isn't this whole linguistic regime tremendously convenient for a publicist?
The dominant theme of the pandering is how "brave" Bruce Jenner is, from President Obama's tweets to every other liberal in America. ESPN will be giving him a "Courage Award" at their upcoming ESPY Awards show. Soldiers who lose limbs — or their lives — in combat are pikers compared to Bruce Jenner. No ESPYs for them. It's reserved for the man who goes out to dinner at Spago in a gown.
The mission of every media outlet, from ESPN to "Access Hollywood," is to make everyone genuflect to the new regime. On MSNBC, gay radio host Michelangelo Signorile praised all this as leadership: "I think the media, I think the way they've handled it, we're leading this discussion. Yes, people can have their moments when they're trying to get used to it, but somebody has got to lead the discussion. And this has been great."
Dissenters were slammed for objecting to the Big Lie that "Caitlyn Jenner" fathered children and won the gold medal in the men's decathlon in the 1976 Olympics. The "anti-defamation" police at GLAAD insist to the media: "Try to write transgender people's stories from the present day, instead of narrating them from some point in the past, thus avoiding confusion and potentially disrespectful use of incorrect pronouns."
That's rich. The confused people are the ones who think they're the smartest people in America, but can't figure out a man is a man and a woman is a woman.
The deconstruction of Western Civilization skips merrily forward.
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