Dude Looks Like a Lady

Someone who has been addressed as both a lady and a gentleman is Caitlyn Jenner.  And s/he is getting some flack after posting a photo with Steven Tyler on Instagram and captioning it, “@iamstevent and I are working on our duet for Dude Looks Like a Lady. One of my favorite songs!”  Well, many trans people took offense to this, but I may be on Cait’s side.  One of the things we always say when it comes to offensive terms is that they are OK when they come out of the mouths of the people they are talking about.  We don’t want heteros calling us “fags”, but gay people can say it.  Black people use the so-called “n-word” all the time, but don’t want others using it.  So if Jenner wants to make a bit of a joke at her own expense, why not?  She explained her feelings on the subject a while ago with Jimmy Kimmel: “I was at a fundraiser in Minneapolis and [Steven Tyler] was the entertainment.  I met him once briefly, years and years ago, but I’m sitting there and I got to go and say hi.  So I go backstage after and I say to Steven, ‘I have had some really, really tough times in my life.  For six years at one point I stayed in my house, and every once in a while, I would sneak out, get dressed and drive around in the dark.  I always used to take your song, ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’, and that became my theme song.  Driving around in my little car with my little CD in there, whipping up the tunes and stuff.  And I just wanted you to know that it made me feel good.”  And who am I to deny Caitlyn Jenner the chance to feel good?  If it’s OK with her, it’s OK with me.

In more Caitlyn news (and has any paragraph ever started more ominously), Jenner has revealed that she is considering a run for the US Senate.  In a radio interview last week, she said, “I have considered it.  I like the political side of it.  I gotta find out where I can do a better job.  Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody?  Or are you better off from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.”  Just like Caitlyn – always wanting to have it both ways!

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