Caitlyn Ends Kardashian Tabloid Tyranny


Congratulations to Caitlyn Jenner on coming out as a transgender woman. Who wouldn't applaud such bravery in the public eye? But I am applauding for a different reason.

When Jenner announced to Diane Sawyer that he was in the process of transforming into a woman, he single-handedly threw the Kardashians off the covers of the tabloids. As someone who spends a considerable amount of time waiting in line to pay for groceries, I wouldn't mind seeing some new faces on the tabloid covers, but at the very least, I'd like to see anyone other than a Kardashian. So, God bless you, Caitlyn. You are such a breath of fresh air. And you are very brave. You are not only brave for making your transition in a very public way, but you are most brave for one-upping the Kardashian media machine.

You are the big story now. The big kahuna. And there isn't a real or fabricated story the Kardashians can come up with to knock you off the pedestal. That must be difficult for them in these trying times. Of course they will need counseling to help them cope with the loss of attention. They will need to share their feelings of loss and inadequacy with each other. They will also need to cry and whine and fight with each other, because your story has impacted their lives in so many ways, including but not limited to fewer tabloid covers for them.

Few of us probably realize how difficult it is to wake up one day and find that people are no longer pondering whether your butt is real or fake. Or whether you will ever get pregnant again. Or what compass direction you will name your next child after. It must be upsetting to walk past a newsstand and not see your picture looking out at the passersby. You must be sad when all of a sudden the paparazzi don't show up at the restaurant even after you've called them to inform them of your whereabouts.

But now that Caitlyn has graced the cover of Vanity Fair, the complete takeover of the checkout aisle is almost complete. It'll be a Kardashian-free zone for a few weeks. Fists in the air! Viva La Revolucion! Who's with me?

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