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About Bruce: How Bruce Jenne's Transition Made the Kardashians Unexpected Role Models
An emotional Keeping Up With the Kardashians special on Bruce Jenner’s transition proved why the reality TV stars are more culturally important and necessary than we thought.
Keeping Up With the Kardasians: About Bruce, a two-part special dealing with how the First Family of Reality TV is handling the transition of their patriarch, Bruce Jenner, into a woman, reiterated how brave and respectful the Kardashians have been in this process. And more, it solidified how important they’ve become as figures in a watershed moment in the LGBT movement.
The Kardashians are changing the world. And, who would have thought it, they’re changing it for the better.
The special, which aired three weeks after Jenner publicly came out as trans in a widely watched and surprisingly nuanced and educational TV interview with Diane Sawyer, began with a note from Jenner.
“Families of trans people often feel they need to grieve the loss of the person that they thought they know,” he said. “My family’s feelings are included here in the hope that other families will know that they are not alone, and to show that families move on from this grief. Today my family loves, supports, and accepts me as I am—and I am so grateful.”
As one might expect from that introduction, the hour that followed was filled with tears. Tears that were earned, because they reminded us that an experience we've disgustingly turned into a tabloid story is a very personal one that affects real people.
And because the Kardashians are reality TV stars, they’ve signed their deal with the devil: to grapple with every emotion that accompanies such a dramatic experience in front of the entire world. The refreshing thing about all of it is how the Kardashians aren’t viewing that duty as a chore, but as a responsibility and, more, as an opportunity.
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