This story has been off my radar. I believe it’s still off the screen, except that tonight the principal player in this story is making international news.
Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic decathlon champion, Wheaties box icon, three-time husband and a father has declared he’s becoming a woman.
He went on the air for two prime-time hours to tell Diane Sawyer that he’s changing his sexual identity.
Honestly, I don’t know how to respond to this.
Do I respond to the news that an individual has decided to change his gender? That’s his call exclusively and it doesn’t matter to me one single bit. Thus, that part of the story remains off my radar — although it’s likely on everyone else’s.
Or does one respond to the fact that a major broadcast network chose to devote two hours to this story?
ABC Television is run by smart individuals who know their audience. The audience wants to hear it. I guess it’s a big deal to many millions of folks. It’s not to me.
I’m left, therefore, to ponder the direction that popular culture has taken us.
For now, I’m going to try to get a good night’s sleep. I’ll awaken tomorrow and likely will read a lot of commentary throughout the infinite Internet universe about what’s transpired tonight with Jenner’s revelation.
At the moment, I’m left merely to shake my head and try to comprehend the significance of Jenner’s declaration that “I’m not gay.”