No One Laughing at Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner Joke

iHeartRadio Music Awards host called out as transphobic
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2015 9:51 AM CDT
No One Laughing at Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner Joke
Jamie Foxx poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Jamie Foxx made the ill-advised choice last night to joke about Bruce Jenner's rumored transition to female during his opening monologue as host of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and the reaction was swift. "We have some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He's doing a his-and-her duet all by himself," Foxx said. As USA Today notes, reactions included this from Perez Hilton: "Boo! Shame on you #iHeartAwards for allowing @iamjamiefoxx to be transphobic on national television!"

There are many more similar Twitter responses where that came from, and AOL notes that the live audience responded with "awkward" near-silence. Of course, Foxx also has his defenders; sample tweet: "people mad at JAMIE FOXX for making BRUCE JENNER jokes? Calling the jokes 'TRANSPHOBIC'. WTF is that? I think you people are 'HUMORPHOBIC.'" (Click to watch a much sweeter moment from last night's awards show.)

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