Bissinger: Caitlyn Jenner Braver than ‘Old, Pasty, Unimportant’ Neil Cavuto Will Ever Be
After writing the massive coming-out profile of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair, the long-time reporter circled back to give the magazine his own thoughts on the widely-read interview.
There are lots of interesting nuggets to dig through but, since this is Mediaite, we’ll give you the most relevant one: Bissinger is not pleased with Fox News host Neil Cavuto‘s on-air mockery of Jenner’s transition.
To recap: During a Fox Business Network segment, Cavuto said “What the hell is going on?!” after seeing a picture of Jenner in a dress on Vanity Fair‘s cover. Introducing his next guest, Cavuto continued the jokes: “Charlene Payne, or shall I say Charles Payne?” And concluded the bit with this remark: “Rome, final days. But that’s fine.”
In response, Bissinger had this to say [emphasis added]:
Many of [the responses to Jenner] are wonderful and literate and say “Do whatever you want. Go get ’em girl.” But, frankly, there are too many that are built on ignorance and nastiness. And I will say this publicly: Neil Cavuto on Fox was making fun of it and laughing like it was a big joke. He’s an old, pasty, unimportant white guy, and on her worst day, Caitlyn Jenner has been braver than Neil Cavuto will ever, ever be.
We’ll likely hear a response from Cavuto’s camp after they finish barking about Millennials or something.
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