The public reaction to Bruce Jenner’s announcement that he is a woman was rather muted when compared with his apparently more appalling revelation that he is a Republican.
“Frankly, I’m disgusted,” said a longtime supporter. “I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, but to come out publicly like that as a Republican, you have to keep that sort of thing to yourself.”
Everyone from longtime friends and fans to close family members were blindsided by Jenner’s announcement, and the Twitterverse went crazy.
“What did he just say?! #IsHeF***ingNuts,” was one of the first tweets following the announcement, and it didn’t stop there.
“How can he do that to his family, to his fans,” asked a former teammate. “I mean, people look up to him, and it was just a real slap in the face.”
Even people very close to Jenner said they were caught off guard. “Just a few weeks ago Bruce and I were having a beer and talking a little about politics, and I knew he’s not that fond of this administration, but I never thought he was actually a Republican. I never saw that coming. He hid that for a long time.”
Others, however, applauded Jenner’s courage to come out.
“At times like these, when Republicans are associated with intolerance, being anti-science, just vilified in many circles, it takes a lot of balls to come out like that,” said another close friend. “That’s what makes this so ironic.”