The story on Bruce Jenner’s alleged transition has obviously picked up traction, and every news outlet is scrambling for the first definitive tidbit that will prove Bruce is truly MtF. But this week Us Weekly released this story where Kendall “breaks silence” on her dad. Of course, Kendall came back and slammed it as untrue, which seriously should have been obvious to anyone reading the story at all.
Let’s look at some key quotes from the Us Weekly story:
He’s always been there for me and my sisters.
Why would Kendall not mention Bruce’s sons? Why wouldn’t she just say “for me and my family”? Kendall, Brody and Brandon are all on the show together at various points and could be considered close, and Bruce has a third son, Burt. It doesn’t make sense to me that Kendall would only talk about her sisters. Everyone knows how Bruce has stepped up for the Kardashian kids, which is a major plot point of the show, but there have also been points of contention on the show that Bruce wasn’t there for his sons when they were growing up. I may be reading too much into this, but it seems like whoever authored this piece is well-versed in Kardashian plot points and decided to make the quote exclude his boys so as to make it sound like something Kendall would say, just based on discussions on the show. It’s almost like the author realized more people know about the girls than the Jenner boys (and Rob!) so they decided to only focus on the girls.
He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful.
This quote in particular got shut down as fake, which was obvious the second I read it. Kendall is 19 years old. What 19-year-old uses the phrase “so to speak” anymore? And what kind of metaphor is “changing shoes”? Is that supposed to be a play on the phrase “the shoe’s on the other foot”? Also, not a thing a 19-year-old would say. Was that supposed to be a cheap ploy to make it sound more Kendall-like — because she’s a wealthy model, she must liken everything to footwear?
While this piece is obviously trash and serves as a reminder not to fabricate quotes just for a story, it should also remind those of us who draft quotes to actually listen to the person saying it. This sounds nothing like what Kendall would say. It’s an absolute shame that Us Weekly is so desperate to prove that Bruce is transitioning that they draft this trashy, sloppy, shameful piece.
Seriously, how does Us Weekly not get sued for libel constantly? Is there a specific clause preventing them from this?