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Bruce Jenner is now a woman.

He told and showed us as much in Vanity Fair this week.

But since everybody’s seems to be a comedian on this subject I have a few jokes for you.

Ready?

Once you go black you’ll never go back… to having equal rights.

I’m not racist. Racism is a crime and crime is for black people.

I searched “women’s rights” in google the other day.

No results found.

Al Sharpton was in Sears.

He was there to protest the fact that most all of the washing machines were white.

What’s black and doesn’t work?

A lot of America.

Hahahahahaha.

Aren’t those hilarious?

No they’re not.

What do they have to do with Bruce Jenner?

Everything.

Everything, because I expect to hear twenty something frat boys making the kinds of jokes I’ve heard about Jenner.

Their brains are even fully developed yet.

But it’s particularly hard to take from grown people who should know better.

It’s even harder to take from women or gays or people of color or anyone who is part of a historically discriminated against class.

Even the late night comedians have made a transition of sorts when it comes to this issue.

Samantha Allen wrote about it for the Daily Beast after Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer.

The piece is titled “How To Tell A Bruce Jenner Joke: Late Night’s Subtle Transition.

Instead of making a crass joke about Jenner’s genitalia that “belongs in 2005,” Allen writes that late night hosts are presenting more thoughtful and nuanced jokes like this one from Conan O’Brien:

“In last week’s interview Bruce Jenner said he  is a women who is transitioning his body from male to female and he’s also a conservative Republican.  (laughter) That’s what he said.  Bruce says he looks forward to bashing Obamacare just as soon as he’s finished using it.  (laughter and applause)

So, for the record, I’m not talking about comedians.

I want comedians to have the freedom to explore.

All bets are off.

But when it comes to the everyday person like my coworkers or the guy or gal next to me at the bar, lay off the Jenner one-liners.

In the magazine article featuring Jenner for the first time as a woman, Jenner says, “Call Me Caitlyn.”

Can’t we just start doing that and leave the jokes to the professionals?

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77 thoughts on “Don Lemon: Stop It With The Bruce Jenner Jokes Already!

  1. Jeanette D. Mays on said:

    I personally don’t care whether he is a he or she! I am tired of hearing about it actually.There are more important things going on in this world! Don Lemon needs to shut up period because Jenner put himself out there and people have a right to free speech! I hate Don Lemon anyway so I don’t even listen to nothing he says!

  2. Scribe on said:

    Its a circus mess and people can say whatever they want to say in the media but the reality is this is a mental disorder. If I had multiple personalities then I would have a “mental disorder” and need meds and called crazy. But if I say I have little girl inside of me then I’m celebrated and given awards and lead stories on CNN. You cannot change your sexual organs. http://exministries.tv/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-is-mental-disorder-sex-change-biologically-impossible/

  3. millie on said:

    Don Lemon when you have such a strong attraction and thirst like the Jenners/Kardashians of putting your personal business out for the world to know and see this is what’s going to happen. Like it or not, people are going to have opinions & comments. He has every right to do whatever he wants with his body but why broadcast it? What is it about society that makes what Bruce Jenner has done to himself news worthy? PLEASE dont give me that spill about this is encouraging for so many others that’s struggling with who they are; blah, blah, blah Allowing the world free negative access into your personal space this way does not increase or improve one’s self esteem. The fact that it’s been announced to the world says you are still seeking acceptance/approval and what others think matters. That being the case you are not free. Otherwise, keep it to yourself-go on about your life. Acceptance is not gained by forcing who you sleep with on others. Don Lemon, your announcement to the world that you were gay trust me, was no little known black history fact; were you trying to convince yourself? FYI–hell the world already knew. STOP IT ALREADY-PLEASE.

    • lgthompson on said:

      personally when you put your business on front street, you open the door for positive and negative view points. what I don’t understand is why is Don Lemon so upset about peoples free speech….. There are a million other issues to debate about in this crazy world we live in….Please leave that issue alone

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