Drake Bell's Caitlyn Jenner Tweets (Now Deleted) Raise Eyebrows By Misgendering The Reality Star
Twitter erupted on June 1 and rightly so, as said eruption was caused by the debut of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner. Jenner's Vanity Fair cover was shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz and there's no denying it: Caitlyn Jenner is absolutely stunning. The cover comes after Jenner's pivotal interview with 20/20's Diane Sawyer, where the former Olympian and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star spoke candidly for the first time about feeling as though she had been "living a lie" while growing up as Bruce Jenner, and the freedom that came with being able to come out as her authentic self. The inspirational interview drew massive ratings and an outpouring of support from celebrities, fans, and Jenner's family.
The impact of Jenner's story has arguably grown tenfold with the subsequent release of the Vanity Fair photos and the launch of Caitlyn's new Twitter account, which surpassed one million followers in less than a day. Although the overwhelming majority of responses to Jenner have been positive, there have unfortunately been some questionable anecdotes as well. Actor and musician Drake Bell took to the social media website to state via tweet, "Sorry...still calling you Bruce." Not surprisingly, the tweet incited a slew of negative responses and Bell deleted the post. He followed the tweet with what may have been meant to serve as an apology, positing, "I'm not dissing him! I just don't want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!" Below are screenshots of Bell's now-deleted tweets:
Obviously the apology attempt, which continued to misgender the reality star, didn't go over well, as it was also deleted. My question on the now-rescinded tweet would be this: how would this pivotal time in Jenner's life in any way tamper with her legacy? If anything, her legacy has been furthered by inspiring the throngs of people who have responded with praise, as well as the fact that this monumental step has brought great awareness to the "T" that is so integral — but was previously less discussed — in the LGBT community. As of now, Bell has not offered any further tweets on the subject, which may be just as well. One tweet that remains prominently at the top of Twitter newsfeeds is Jenner's first, which reads, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."