The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber finally aired Monday night, and though there were a lot of fun jabs at the Biebs and other celebs, there was one aspect of the show that left us cold.
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There just seemed to be way too many jokes at the expense of Bruce Jenner!
First there were the on-air jokes made by Roast host Kevin Hart, such as:
"There were rumors that Justin dealing with Kendall Jenner and that shocked me. I was like, ‘What the f**k?' That's what I said, 'What the f**k?' I was like, 'You gonna deal with a Jenner, I thought it would be Bruce.' That's what I thought."
There were also jokes about Bruce Jenner reportedly made live (but not aired) by Will Ferrell and Jeff Ross; frankly it's just way too much to be seen as anything but transphobic.
Now as his son implied recently — talking about both the Roast and Jamie Foxx's iHeartRadio jokes on Sunday — Bruce is a tough guy who's seen a lot and can take it.
In fact, everyone on that stage can handle getting burned, that's why they're there.
The problem is the audience.
No, we don't mean Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian who watched the Roast from the audience crowd.
We're talking about the poor kid at home who is confused or just surrounded by confusion over their gender identity.
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More than 50% of transgender youth will attempt suicide at least once by the age of 20.
These kids are having a rough enough time without comics — who by the way had AMPLE material to work with in Justin — doing their best to remind America that being trans is something to ridicule.
Something so preposterous that you can only laugh at it.
We mean, half these "jokes" weren't even jokes, they were just mentioning transgender. It was the punchline.
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This kind of crap is both hurtful AND hack.
Justin Bieber earned his Roast. He's made a lot of bad decisions and even more ridiculous wardrobe choices. But trans teens just struggling to find love and acceptance? Don't give them another reminder of the ignorance of the world.
Be better than that. And while you're at it, be funnier.
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