I have to admit I went around and around with this one. You know, whether or not to put a spotlight on a sick, delusional, mentally ill crossdressing man that progressive America is hailing as some sort of legendary, super-heroic savior, second only to Jesus Christ himself. Yes, I said “man” — because, honestly, no matter the amount of cosmetic facial-feminization surgery, breast augmentation or hormone therapy that Mr. Jenner has, he is and always will be a man. A demented and deranged man. But, a man nonetheless. This perverse pursuit of faux, synthetic femininity doesn’t make him a woman any more than swinging from tree limbs makes me an orangutan. I really don’t care about any sort of morbid genetic mutilation or trachea shaving procedures. This doesn’t make him a hero, cultural icon or role model in my book. Sorry, I just can’t give him the unfettered praise and adulation that these psychotic sycophants in the media can.
If anything, this just means he needs serious help. He’s needed help for a very long time. It’s the sort of help that only a lot of prayer and supernatural intervention can bring about and maybe that’s what will happen one day. It’s apparent that something is missing from Jenner’s life and this is how he’s decided to try to fill that void — by becoming something he was never meant to be — by literally rejecting the very essence of his sexuality and thus renouncing the Creator Himself.
Normally, this is where I would segue into some sort of longwinded spiel about the cultural and societal ramifications of transgenderism acceptance, tolerance and promotion. I’d probably wind up citing statistics, polls and lots of boring data that, let’s face it, neither of us would really care about. After all, it’s pretty apparent where this insanity has taken us as a society and it’s not a very good place.
So, instead, I’d like to hone in on one or two aspects of this bizarre and utterly absurd story that are, ironically, more important than the story itself. They're more important than anything I could say about our country’s slow descent into absolute, unhinged moral corruption.
On Monday of this week, Vanity Fair magazine gleefully released the cover of their latest issue, featuring a photo of Bruce Jenner in his “new identity” as a woman, posing in a one-piece corset, all dolled-up in pounds of makeup, along with the heavily-bolded caption “Call Me Caitlyn.”
As expected, the photo has generated plenty of controversy, with much of our horribly deceived society praising Jenner for his “courage” in transitioning from male to female, just as they did back in April.
But, it didn’t end there. It should have. But, it didn’t.
As of last week, Jenner is now the 2015 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award — an award whose previous recipients have been among the likes of Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Steve Palermo. Yes, our country has officially lifted a very confused 65-year-old transgendered-man up on to the same pedestal as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a legendary boxer and a baseball player who took a bullet to his spinal cord while protecting two waitresses from being mugged in a parking lot. (Palermo wound up being paralyzed for life from waist down.)
Now, you would think that such an award would be given to, say, someone like this:
Army Veteran Noah Galloway, whose time in Iraq literally cost him an arm and a leg when a roadside bomb exploded in his vicinity, leaving him fighting for his life. Today, Galloway competes in Crossfit events, runs marathons, competed in the 58-hour death race, models for Kenneth Cole’s fragrance lines and competed on Dancing with the Stars without the use of a prosthetic limb. Photo: Men's Health magazine
But, somewhere in the twisted mind of pop culture, when a man puts on a dress, lipstick and heels and proudly proclaims that he’s a woman, he’s suddenly as courageous as the guy who risks his life on the battlefield or takes a bullet for someone he doesn’t even know.
I admit that I avoided writing about Jenner when he first made headlines all those months ago. I really saw nothing of worth of value in writing about a former Olympic athlete who has decided to live the rest of his life as a woman. That’s the sort of drama reserved for Access Hollywood and the supermarket tabloids. Besides, Jenner isn’t the first person to have transgender-surgery.
But, I see a disturbing trend in our culture when individuals who exhibit true bravery and courage are overlooked and even shunned in favor of elevating (and, apparently, awarding) controversial individuals merely because they’re controversial. I think this says more about our society than it does about people like Bruce Jenner. This sort of backwards-thinking is truly disturbing. The whole situation is terribly demented. All of it. Every bit.
It’s worth taking a minute to point out that it generally doesn’t require courage to do something that is sure to result in books deals, reality-TV gigs, guest-speaker invites, radio interviews, movie cameos, worldwide fame, loads of cash and roaring applause from millions of adoring fans. This isn’t to say that Jenner only had a sex change as a quirky marketing gimmick, but his bank account certainly won’t be hurting from all of this.
Heroic? No. This Polish nurse who saved 2,500 children from Nazi torture and ghetto imprisonment was heroic.
Courageous? Hardly. Steve Palermo, Chris Kyle and Noah Galloway are courageous.
Amazing? This armless Chinese kid who plays the piano with his feet is amazing, but Bruce Jenner? I just don’t see it. I don’t get it.
I think words like sad, heartbreaking, morbid and depressing are a bit more accurate.
Speaking of misappropriated words, here’s how Jenner described the emotional outcome of reconciling with his sex-change operation:
Bruce always had to tell a lie, he was always living that lie. Every day, he always had a secret, from morning ’til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
“Free?" Really? Our sexuality and genders are now prisons from which we can just escape on a whim? You know, I remember seeing a lot of this talk about being “free” from mental and emotional prisons after Robin Williams committed suicide. In fact, the MPAA even sent out a tweet suggesting, albeit metaphorically, than Robin Williams is now “free.” I, along with many other bloggers and columnists, wrote about how disturbing it is to associate freedom with suicide, as if it’s a positive experience — particularly when there are clinically depressed individuals undergoing treatment and counseling to avoid suicide. (And families of suicide victims still grieving the loss of their loved ones.) The same idea applies here, though we’re dealing with the rejection of one’s own gender, rather than the rejection of one’s existence. There is nothing positive, good, healthy or freeing about what Bruce Jenner has done to himself and to say that there is goodness in it is to stamp a seal of approval on it for anyone struggling with the same issues. If anything, Bruce is actually still imprisoned to his mental sickness and is feeding its control over him all the more by attempting to change genders. Where’s the courage or heroism or freedom in that?
Not to mention, if we’ve now decided that a man can become a woman and a woman can become a man, and we’ve given ourselves the power to make those “transitions” occur, then we’ve essentially abandoned reality itself. We've put ourselves right up there with God Almighty the Creator. I’ve been told by many of my peers that even writing about this whole issue is pointless and that it just gives progressives more ammunition with which to criticize conservatives. Well, they’re right about the ammunition. Because, honestly, this is a battle. It’s an ideological and spiritual war and if we just sit idly by and allow progressive loons to foster confusion, instigate division, and promote perversion, then America is lost. It’ll all be over. And we’ll never get her back.
I look at this photo and I feel a deep sense of sadness. Bruce’s story is a tragic one — tragic because so many transgenders often struggle to accept their new appearance after surgery, something Bruce even admitted he dealt with post-op (he had a “panic attack), whichusually leads to contemplating suicide for many transgenders. This is why I fear the worst for him, particularly since he is rushing to complete all of the surgical procedures so as to meet deadlines for his new reality TV show. But, after all is said and done, after all of the stage lights, cameras and audio channels are switched off, after all of the interviews, commercials and speaking gigs are over, Bruce will be left alone in the dark with only his thoughts. I pray that somewhere in that moment he not only questions his decision, but comes to an understanding that he is in pain and needs help. I pray that he gets that help and is able to grapple with the consequences of his actions. Because, truthfully, the Creator he’s rejected is still standing with open arms, ready to forgive, help and heal.
It’s a frightening reality of the times in which we live — that our sexuality and genders are treated like the latest tech gadget innovations. This idea that gender is just something that can be turned on and off, switched out, reversed or upgraded whenever we feel like it.
You probably saw the same news headlines that I did: “Bruce Jenner Unveils New Self,” “Bruce Jenner Debuts New Identity,” and even “Bruce Jenner World Premiers New Soul.”
We’ve taken something intricately unique to our humanity, compartmentalized it and reduced it to the standing of a smartphone or computer software. Hey, look, it’s Bruce Jenner 2.0 and her name is Caitlyn! Huzzah!
This isn’t a time for celebration or applause. It’s a time for mourning — for Bruce and for our society.
To say that there’s courage in the rejection of one’s own self is a complete and utter bastardization of any man or woman who has exhibited courage in its purest and truest sense.
They’re the real heroes.
Not Bruce Jenner.
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