Say My Name: Drake Bell and Timbaland Refuse to Use Caitlyn Jenner’s New Identity
Caitlyn Jenner has been formally introduced to the world via stunning photographs in Vanity Fair. If you’ve been living under a rock, don’t worry—the Kardashians haven’t spawned another attention-seeking demon child (the ‘C’ spelling should have been a giveaway). Caitlyn is the name of the decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner since the decision to transition to a woman.
As people congratulated Caitlyn on her transition (and secretly wondered if the ‘C’ spelling was some not so subtle shade at the Kardashian Klan), a few voices rose above the throng to prove that yes, being an asshole is still possible in the world.
Former Nickelodeon star and current nobody Drake Bell interrupted the swell of congratulatory tweets to chime in with, “Sorry….still calling you Bruce”.
You ever notice when you preface a tweet with “Sorry,” you’re not really sorry?
Drake didn’t exactly help his case when he claimed he was only trying to honor Caitlyn’s past as an Olympic athlete. “I’m not dissing him!” he tweeted. “I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!”
Timbaland also joined Drake in the Land of Insensitive Dolts and posted the following Facebook meme in reference to Caitlyn’s name change.
I wasn’t aware that Timbaland was on equal footing with Caitlyn’s mother.
Sorry, but I’m not buying it, guys. Even Wikipedia is using female pronouns to describe Caitlyn’s past and current achievements. And if the same people who argue about how to describe the origins of Caesar salad can agree to call Caitlyn by her new name, you really have no excuse.
Supporters of Caitlyn Jenner immediately rushed to her defense and scolded Drake and Timbaland for their ignorance/insensitivity. The GLAAD website clearly explains that one should always use a transgender person’s chosen name and pronouns, explaining that “they should be afforded the same respect for their chosen name as anyone else who lives by a name other than their birth name (e.g., celebrities).” You’d think that Drake Bell and Timbaland would understand this concept because they don’t use their birth names in their professional or personal lives as well—Drake’s full name is Jared Drake Bell and Timbaland’s momma called him Timothy Zachary Mosley.
On his Twitter, Timbaland claimed he meant no disrespect and explained only posted the meme because “i seen [sic] the movie in the post and thought that part…of the movie was the funniest parts” and liked the Jenner reference. He further added that he realized his “joke” was actually disrespectful and apologized to Caitlyn Jenner for his ignorance–oh wait, that’s would have happened if we lived in a perfect world. Actually, Timbaland just pouted that the media was giving him credit for the meme when he reposted it from some place else.
This, kids, is why it’s always important to cite your sources.
After the backlash, Drake has since deleted his offending tweets although Timbaland’s Facebook post still remains up. Caitlyn Jenner has yet to respond to either one of them although I assume she is too busy enjoying her new life to bother feuding with people who have net worths less than her.