The Bruce Jenner interview with Diana Sawyer in which he announced “I am a woman” has brought forth an outpouring of reactions on Twitter as celebrities and public figures. Many took to social media to express support and to thank the Olympian and reality-TV star for his courage in making a groundbreaking announcement. Here is a roundup of what is being said
In the much-anticipated interview, broadcast on ABC on Friday night, Bruce Jenner confirmed that he is transgender and is a woman. He spoke with much candor throughout, summing up his journey, at age 65, by saying, “I’ve been thinking about this day forever.”
He has been in the public eye since the 1970s when he won the gold medal at the Montreal Olympics for the decathlon, this becoming at the time, the greatest athlete in the world. And, for younger generations, he has been known as the step father on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’ and has long been a target of speculation, rumor, and intrusive paparazzi photos.
But now, the time for speculation is over. Bruce Jenner said of his transition, ““I’m actually really excited about the future … about what I could do to be able to do some real good in the world, so I’m actually, for the first time in my life, looking forward to the future.”
And indeed, it has made for a riveting television moment, that sees our society itself in the midst of transition. After weeks and months of unscrupulous media outlets attempting to out Bruce Jenner, ABC News allowed him to tell his story on his own terms and in his own way. And along the way, the public has gotten an education on the challenges that the transgender community faces daily.
Bruce Jenner was trending before, during, and now after the broadcast. And, as is often the case, many have taken to Twitter to express their views, to offer messages of support, encouragement, applause and more.
Bruce Jenner’s family members took to social media as did many in the entertainment and sports world. Here is a roundup of what is being said.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2015
so very proud of you, my hero.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) April 25, 2015
Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015
Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros ¿¿
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 25, 2015
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿I LOOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE Bruce Jenner!!!!!!! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 25, 2015
#BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery.¿¿
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 25, 2015
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 25, 2015
We are witnessing history. This is beautiful to watch. #BruceJennerABC
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 25, 2015
Now im mad at all the people that were mean to this guy. #BruceJennerABC
— David Spade (@DavidSpade) April 25, 2015
nevertheless this is mind blowing. a revelation. and necessary and overdue. this is astonishingly brave. #BruceJenner.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner. Reborn again as a hero, of the highest order. Thank you Bruce, for what you've just done for men, women, people everywhere. ¿¿¿¿
— Eva Amurri Martino (@4EvaMartino) April 25, 2015
I love you, Bruce Jenner.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 25, 2015
What a profoundly courageous & amazing person Bruce Jenner is tonight. I give him all the support in the world #peace
— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) April 25, 2015
Stand with Bruce Jenner #StandWithBruce
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 25, 2015
"Have an open mind and an open heart." Bruce Jenner #BruceJennerInterview
— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner only confirms we're all battling something. So let's love each other & ourselves. God wants us to show respect & not judge…
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) April 25, 2015
#BruceJenner is saving lives right now. She is a hero!
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) April 25, 2015
I've interviewed #BruceJenner many times, and I'm in his corner. I support him & offer my respect.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner. National Hero. Again.
— Gavin Purcell (@gavinpurcell) April 25, 2015
Be you!! There is no better version. #BruceJenner amazing moments.
— Loren Ridinger (@lorenridinger) April 25, 2015
#BruceJenner we learn from you to be courageous, funny and to be our authentic self. With love and Go For It!
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 25, 2015
— Zac Posen (@Zac_Posen) April 25, 2015
Reactions continue to pour in, as #BruceJender continue to be a trending topics on Twitter.
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