Bruce Jenner announced to the world on Friday night, "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
Though the former Olympic athlete and reality TV star has not yet fully undergone the transition from male to female, he opened up to ABC News' Diane Sawyer in a two-hour special that drew an impressive 16.9 million viewers.
Celebrities of all kinds, from members of the Kardashian family to late-night talk show hosts, weighed in on Twitter with notes of support and praise. While such a showing is predictable from Hollywood's most visible denizens, the reactions from most regular viewers has, surprisingly, been just as positive.
Social media have tended to bring out the worst in a large majority of users, on any number of issues — from politics to race issues to "Game of Thrones" spoilers — but Jenner's interview has elicited unusually sensitive, encouraging responses nearly across the board . It may be impossible for any topic to find a consensus in the swirling vortex of public opinion (see: Kris Humphries), but Jenner's chat seems to have struck a major chord. (Even if, for those who didn't watch, that chord was, "Who is Bruce Jenner and why is he trending?")
Seems logical that one of the most celebrated Olympians of all time be listened to when dropping knowledge on the human body #BruceJenner— ramin (@rmn) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner is just an example that you never know what anyone is going through so always be kind to everyone no matter what.— Christina Bonanni (@cmariebonanni) April 25, 2015
I would love if in fifty years all we remembered about the Kardashians was Bruce Jenner's trans visibility and courage #BruceJenner— Molly (@Mhams67) April 25, 2015
Yo honestly big props to Bruce Jenner that takes some serious guts to put yourself in front of a judgmental society ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— BigNik (@RealBigNik) April 25, 2015
For several people, the most surprising information Jenner shared on Friday wasn't that he is transgender, but that he is politically conservative. People from both sides of the political divide made note of the admission:
Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender and Republican in the same interview. <3— Jennifer Cooper (@jayleecooper) April 25, 2015
I love that people care more that Bruce Jenner is a republican than that he's transitioning to a woman ¿¿¿¿— Mother Baconator (@MotherBaconator) April 25, 2015
So people can accept & support Bruce Jenner for being a transgender person but they can't accept or support that he is a republican lol wow— Karen Larsen (@Tannin83) April 25, 2015
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