Ever since Bruce Jenner publicly referred to herself as “Caitlyn Jenner”, memes have been circulating the internet. Many people think that these memes are harmless, or that they’re just “being funny”. Let me show you a few examples of the memes I’ve seen.
Let’s start off with the first thing that’s wrong with this picture: It refers to Caitlyn as Bruce. While you may not think this is a big deal, in truth, it is. Calling a trans person by the name they specifically chose NOT to have anymore is downright offensive, and if you think it’s not, you should educate yourself more on trans people.
Anyone remember the story of Leelah Alcorn? I did a blog post on her a few months ago. To make a long story short, she killed herself for a few reasons, one of which was that he parents refused to call her Leelah and wouldn’t refer to her as a “she”. They went out of their way to purposely call her a “he” and a “him” because it went against their religious beliefs. It’s okay to believe in something, but when your child commits suicide, it’s no longer just a belief. It’s a danger.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a Christian myself, which is why I’m so open to admit the things we do wrong. Was denying their child happiness worth death? When you look at this meme, and you share this meme, you’re going against Caitlyn’s wishes and desires. You’re denying her the right to be herself. Because to you she’s still “Bruce”.
The meme is also offensive because it’s making a joke about transgender people. It’s very similar to gay jokes, in a sense where they’re not really that funny. Why do we need to make jokes about other people for being who they are? Is this the type of society we want to be? Transgender people are not here to be made fun of.
Let’s take a look at a few other examples of “funny” memes:
Does this one really need an explanation? I’m sure we’ve all seen this commercial, but when I look at this picture, I don’t find it at all amusing. What’s amusing about it? The fact that once again you’re making fun of a transgender person? And for the record, as I said before, Caitlyn is not “a guy”. She’s a female. Saying she’s hideous and that she’s mean is just cruel.
Here we go with the crude “humor”. Once again I ask, “Why is this funny?”
When you look at these pictures, what do you see? I see hate. I see intolerance. I see ignorance. I do not see humor in making fun of someone for who they are.
Think of all the LGBT lives that have been lost because of things like this. And sure, you can ask, “Well, why would someone kill themselves over something like this?” I don’t know, maybe because they’re become the center of a joke that’s not funny. People think of them as a joke. People think they’re disgusting. Sure, calling Caitlyn “Bruce” may not seem like a big deal to you, but remember that trans people are watching. They are reading these posts and they’re seeing all the comments.
If you happen to be trans and reading this, I apologize for the amount of hate that the internet has allowed us to create. Remember that you are not alone, and that there are people that do care about you and your wishes. It’s okay to be you. Don’t ever let anyone make you think otherwise.