Jamie Foxx is now being called “transphobic” and “disgusting” after he made two jokes about Bruce Jenner’s reported transition into a woman while hosting an awards show.
Foxx opened the iHeartRadio Music Awards Sunday night when the former Olympic athlete’s picture appeared on the screen.
“We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances,” Foxx said. “He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”
“Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”
Though the jokes were harmless and Foxx made plenty others about Suge Knight and Marvin Gaye, some watching at home said they were “disgusting” and that Foxx was being allowed to be “transphobic on national television.”
Jamie Foxx just made a terrible, disgusting joke about Bruce Jenner's rumored transition on this trash awards show.
— Lauren Nostro (@laurennostro) March 30, 2015
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx making jokes about Bruce Jenner being transgendered was absolutely rude. NOT. FUNNY. AT. ALL.
— CHAD (@ItsAllAboutChad) March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx disrespecting Bruce Jenner's transition(which may or may not be real) is not okay. what was said was disrespectful and disgusting
— nicholson (@nicholsonbaird) March 30, 2015
Others said critics needed to lighten up.
Would anyone be mad at Jamie Foxx for making a joke mocking religion? Nope. But there's outrage over his Bruce Jenner joke?. #hypocrisy
— Blake D (@buckleupjazz) March 30, 2015
I am no Jamie Foxx fan, but him getting crap for a stupid 3rd Grade Bruce Jenner joke is ridiculous. #LightenUp
— Jim (@jpq1999) March 30, 2015
“Jamie Foxx accused of transphobia as he makes fun of Bruce Jenner pic.twitter.com/a9pnAss2Rz” at this rate – comedians r going to b unemployed
— drpenn (@drpenn) March 30, 2015