OJ Simpson Chase TV Copter Pilot Dudes Become Friends AND Trans Women!

OJ Simpson Chase TV Copter Pilot Dudes Become Friends AND Trans Women!
Well, this is a very nice story. Seems these two fellas, Bob Tur and Dirk Vahle, really did not like each other twenty years ago. They both flew helicopters that scored a front-row seat to the OJ Simpson slow chase (white Bronco, so on and so forth, you remember it or you’ve at least HEARD of it, babychild.) But now they are friends and also they are trans women, hooray! This is pretty neat. Tur flew for CBS and Vahle flew for NBC. And now Dana Vahle and Zoey Tur are really great friends! Their mutual friend Desiree made it happen.

“Desiree told me I should get in touch with Dirk Vahle,” said Tur. “I said, ‘Why? Dirk Vahle is an a—hole.’ She said, ‘Because Dirk is now Dana.’”

Vahle was aware of her former enemy’s transformation to Zoey after reading about it.

“You’ve got to be f—ing kidding me!” Vahle thought.

Leaving their grudges in the past, the two women bonded over their difficult sex-change journey, Tur said.

“When you go through something like this, it’s like going to war. It’s very, very rough, and you need people out there who understand. Dana was very understanding,” Tur said.

Now, this story sits a little funny with me, but not because I’m transphobic or something. I guess I’m concerned with the language the Post is using. It’s an incredibly positive, upbeat and fun story, but I’m not sure if it’s proper etiquette to say that these guys “became” women, or if it makes more sense to say that they came OUT as women. I’m not being politically correct here; I’m being polite. I’ve seen different opinions on the Interwebz and I suppose there’s no one right answer, but if anybody would like to advise me in the comments, I should quite appreciate it. But anyway, back to this cool story.

The gals did say that while they don’t think about the OJ chase all that often these days, though it clearly comes up now and again. Dana Vahle mentions that people get freaked out when she tells them that was in one of the copters covering the chase. Anyway, they are lovely and adorable, hooray!

[NY Post]

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  • Jus_Wonderin

    “But a year ago, the two put the decades-long beef behind them…”

  • M H

    That’s a true piece of Happy Nice Time! And: “polite” is the same as “politically correct”; “respectful” can also be used!

  • GWH

    You’re correct – it is common (but by no means universal) in the trans community to describe oneself as finally getting to be the person one already really is. This is also why lots of trans people over the years like to yell and throw things when people use phrases like “sex change” (“I’m not changing it, I’m fixing it.” and similar sentiments).