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Transparent creator Jill Soloway apologizes for anti-trans Bruce Jenner joke

Transparent creator Jill Soloway apologizes for anti-trans Bruce Jenner joke

The creator of Golden Globe award-winnng TV series Transparent has apologized for an anti-trans joke about Bruce Jenner that drew fire from the transgender community.

Jill Soloway posted a Transparent poster on Facebook with Jenner and other Kardashian family members’ faces superimposed on the characters. Jenner, who has reportedly started transitioning to a woman, took centerstage as transgender mother Maura.

‘I couldn’t not. Someone sent it to me. Tell me it’s wrong and I’ll take it down,’ she wrote.

Olympic gold medalist Jenner’s changing appearance has been subject of much anti-trans speculation, and Soloway was widely criticised for joining in the media frenzy.

Transgender blogger wrote Amelia wrote, ‘Yes, that’s ally-of-the-year Jill Soloway poking fun at Bruce Jenner’s gender and the speculation of him being trans. Using being transgender as a joke. Some ally. She should know better. She should be speaking out against others doing this. Instead, she’s joining in.’

‘For cis writers, trans people are obstacles and punch lines. The trans woman in Transparent is an obstacle for her family to overcome,’ tweeted Tom Léger, editor-in-chief of transgender website Pretty Queer.

Soloway deleted the post and on Friday apologized in a second post:

‘Yesterday I saw an internet meme of the TRANSPARENT poster with the faces of Bruce Jenner and family photoshopped in to replace the Pfeffermans. It was not something we created, but as a long-time Kardashian fan and reality show obsessive, I impetuously regressed to a naïve, teenage self.

‘It wasn’t until after I’d posted it on my Facebook page inviting debate that I saw it the way everyone else did: as a cruel mockery of the journey Bruce Jenner may or may not be undertaking. I took down the image immediately. Bruce Jenner has not said he is transitioning; his identity is his to share and no one else’s to determine.

‘The well-being of the trans community is of utmost importance to me. As a cis woman I will never know what it is like to be trans. I acknowledge the hurt and pain of the trans community and welcome their feedback. I made a mistake; it was horrible judgment. My complacency is checked and it won’t happen again. Please accept my apology.’