The Age apologises over transphobic ‘Jenner bender’ tweet

Jenner with his daughter Kendall. Source: Facebook

Jenner with his daughter Kendall. Source: Facebook

The Age has issued an apology after a transphobic tweet about Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star Bruce Jenner transitioning to a woman was made from the The Age’s official Twitter account this morning.

The Tweet was headlined “Jenner bender” and linked to a story about Jenner’s reported transition to a female sexual identity. Jenner is an Olympic gold medal winner for the USA, but is best known as the former husband of reality star Kris Jenner who is the mother of Kim Kardashian, having appeared on the show Keeping up with the Kardashians.


Within minutes of the offending tweet The Age was inundated by incredulous Twitter users questioning the wording, with Crikey’s Sophie Benjamin calling for a “guide to non-transphobia for scribes” and another labelling it “transphobic”. 



The Age was quick to delete the offending tweet and issue an apology on Twitter saying: “Apologies to those offended by our Bruce Jenner tweet. Feedback noted. No offence was intended. We have deleted the tweet.”



The treatment by the media over Jenner’s alleged transition has raised questions over how it handles the issue confronting transexual people and the ethics around reporting sexual identity.

The situation came to a head in January when US Gossip magazine InTouch photoshopped an image of Jenner into a woman on its cover along with a story using ‘insider reports’ about his alleged coming out as a woman, garnering backlash from a number of media outlets including the Daily Mail and Buzzfeed.

Jenner has never publicly stated he is transitioning to a female sexual identity.

In October last year News Corp title The Courier-Mail’s coverage of the murder of a Brisbane transgender woman drew ire of the community, referring to her as a “she-male” among other offensive terms in coverage that was widely criticised, including in Fairfax’s own The Brisbane Times at the time.

A request for comment has been made to Fairfax Media, parent company of The Age.

Robert Burton-Bradley


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