When a celebrity is stopped by TMZ’s cameras, you know they’re about to say something really intelligent.
D.L. Hughley proved this point when he recently complained to TMZ about Caitlyn Jenner winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 EPSYS, saying “[Arthur Ashe] fought AIDS with dignity and honor and Caitlyn Jenner put on a dress. I don’t think it’s the same thing.”
Correct. Having AIDS and wearing a dress is not the same thing. Wearing a dress and being transgender is also not the same thing, but please continue.
“I think Arthur Ashe and Caitlyn Jenner have little in common,” Hughley added.
Arthur Ashe also has little in common with Pat Summitt, a 60-year-old white woman with early onset alzheimer’s who won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2012. He has little in common with Robin Roberts, a day-time TV host and two-time cancer survivor who won in 2013. In fact, the last fifteen-plus recipients did not have AIDS, so I don’t think that’s a prerequisite. However, all of them have been very courageous, and several have been gay icons, like Billy Jean King, Robin Roberts, and Caitlyn Jenner.
Ashe fought AIDS and Jenner is transgender. Both situations bring different struggles and stigmas within society. Both Ashe and Jenner exemplify courage.
When asked if Jenner is beautiful, Hughley quickly responded “No,” adding that she was beautiful in a “Mrs. Doubtfire kind of way.” Good one, Hughley.
He then tried to use his transphobia as a tool to talk about the media’s racist and sexist treatment of Serena Williams (like when one New York Times reporter described Williams on the court like Bruce Banner transitioning into the Hulk).
“This week we had the media telling us that Caitlyn Jenner was beautiful and that Serena Williams looked like a man,” Hughley told TMZ. “That’s ridiculous. I think Serena is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen on a tennis court and Bruce Jenner looks like every P.E. teacher I’ve ever had.”
While he’s right, it is ridiculous (and disgusting) how reporters and spectators discuss Williams’ body,—and it is ironic that a white man is usually always warmly accepted by the media, regardless of what body he’s inhabiting—there was no need for him to tear down Jenner to prove his point.
Criticizing someone’s gender and appearance doesn’t discourage the media from criticizing someone’s gender and appearance.
It would make sense that Hughley would be jealous of Jenner, considering the last award he won was 9th place on Dancing With the Stars, but he shouldn’t pretend he can’t tell the difference between an iconic transgender athlete and an actor wearing prosthetic boobs.