at 9:16AM on Apr 25
@Sam — Have I, in my youth, laughed at an inappropriate joke? Of course. Have I learned over the years that making fun of people’s differences is hurtful and painful? Yes. I’m not saying I’m perfect. I’m not saying anyone should be perfect. I’m not even saying people should find funny what I find funny nor am I telling anyone what to like in humor or in jokes. Doing what I do, I’ve learned great lessons about how words can hurt other people. For example, it never bothered me when someone called me a fag or when I heard “that’s so gay” jokes when I was younger because I just chalked it up to people being assholes and I never said anything. When I became a teacher and I heard kids calling other kids fags, I saw the impact that kind of language had and I felt compelled to try and educate both parties about the way we speak about one another. If I want to put my best foot forward and use my blog to highlight issues and instances that I find offensive, I’m going to do it. Laugh at whatever you want to. But I’m still going to have my say and if what I am saying bothers you (I’m speaking generally, not to you Sam, in particular) then maybe that enlightens you a bit that maybe using slurs as humor might not be the best idea.
at 8:56AM on Apr 25
@Sam — Gah, I hope they get it right … they just can’t eff up The Joker :/ And, in terms of the Damaged tattoo, I read that it’s a nod to Charles Manson’s level of insanity. We’ll see. The Joker is deadly but he’s never truly been portrayed as truly deranged. Heath Ledger came close, it looks like they’re trying to push the character even further towards psychoticness.
at 7:53AM on Apr 25
@jaybee — “While watching this interview, I could not help but feel sadness for Bruce” I understand where you’re coming from but I, personally, felt nothing but happiness for Bruce and for our society as a whole. Even tho he revealed some painful things, my heart was singing that he was actually saying these things publicly and to millions of people on network television. The only time I started to tear up was when he started to cry … but I never felt sad, even then, I felt happiness for him.
at 7:51AM on Apr 25
@Shannon — “I think the online version left some of these great moments out” Yes, by design. ABC wanted everyone to watch the interview on TV.
at 7:50AM on Apr 25
@alecia — “I also given Diane Sawyer credit for being through with her line of questioning but not judgmental.” I was really impressed with Diane Sawyer as well. The whole interview was handled very, very well.
at 7:49AM on Apr 25
@HottShoes — “I actually thought it was better that the Kardashians did not participate. If they sat in on the special, it would have been more about them than Bruce.” Completely agree. I am NO fan of that family but I feel they handled last night in the best way possible.
at 11:36PM on Apr 24
@Ben@PR — “Their comments where inappropriate” I agree. “it’s NOT their responsibility to be an example to society in general and much less to kids” I also agree with this. But that doesn’t mean that a kid who sees “Captain America” calling Black Widow a whore won’t take it to heart … particularly if it’s a young girl who may hear these comments.
at 11:33PM on Apr 24
@Paul — Yep, the tabloids do get it right sometimes. But this has always been Bruce’s story to tell.
@Paul — But this is one press release, the first that is meant to announce the forthcoming release of a host of products. This one photo isn’t meant to be a representation of the entirety of this DC Super Hero Girls universe, I don’t think.
at 11:30PM on Apr 24
@Ben@PR — Of course I plan to see this movie, for a host of reasons, primarily because I’m a fan of The Avengers and Joss Whedon’s work in general. Yes, I am hugely disappointed by this kind of behavior but in no way did I even come close to implying I was going to boycott seeing and possibly enjoying this movie because two of its actors acted like asshats in this interview. Besides, I’m looking forward to seeing Black Widow in action on the big screen — she is currently the biggest female superhero in the comic book movie world. I am a huge fan of that character.