Snoop Dogg Endorses Meme Calling Caitlyn Jenner 'That Science Project'
Ever since Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this week, we've come to see celebs again and again make insensitive remarks about her transition. Snoop Dogg fell into those ranks when he shared a meme on Instagram that called Jenner "that science project."
The rapper posted a meme on Thursday that basically said Akon's charity efforts were being overshadowed by Jenner's Vanity Fair cover. The meme dismissively refers to her as "Bruce Jenner":
New York Daily News reports that J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers even shared Snoop's Instagram post, with the words, "Hmmm... What's more important???" But then he deleted it (because we're pretty sure the hammer of the Internet came down on him). Snoop has left his Instagram post up.
Although Jenner has received an outpouring of support, as well as a moving essay penned by Orange is the New Black transgender actress Laverne Cox, Snoop's not alone in sharing dismissive comments about Jenner's transition. In response to Vanity Fair's Jenner cover photo that was accompanied by the headline, "Call Me Caitlyn," Drake Bell, the former Nickelodeon Drake & Josh star, tweeted "Sorry...still calling you Bruce." The Internet rained on him pretty hard, so he tried to back peddle by tweeting, "I'm not dissing him! I just don't want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!" That didn't seem to make matters better, so he's since deleted all his Jenner tweets.
Connor Cruise, you know, Tom Cruise's son, also faced the wrath of critics after he posted a Tweet saying there were more people who deserved to win the ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage Award than Jenner, who was announced as the recipient of the award. In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Cruise wrote:
Really?? Winning the AA award for courage?? Ashton is gonna come out and yell PUNK'D. Don't get me wrong. Do what you feel like doing and don't let anyone stop you. But everyone is taking this way too seriously…There are so many more important things that should be talked about…And SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT PEOPLE that actually deserve an award.
Cruise has since written some new tweets defending what he wrote:
Totally twisting what I said, if you read what I said I totally support being happy and am glad she is happy.— Connor Cruise (@TheConnorCruise) June 4, 2015
He added, "We just need to as a nation and a world get back to business and making everything a better place. Way more about the problems the world needs to solve than about her guys."
Timbaland also shared a similar meme, but to his Facebook page. It was a riff off of a scene from 1988's Coming To America about calling one of the characters by his former name, but related it to Jenner's transition:
He later took to Twitter to explain that the media got it all wrong, later adding that he just thought it was a funny scene from the movie and that he didn't make the meme so it's not like he's the one making a statement about Jenner:
boy some of the media outlets have so many fooled. let me explain this cause i see they are putting up their own headlines to deceive— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
The meme is still up on his Facebook.