Caitlyn Jenner has not had a good year, and the year has only just started. Newsmax, Jan 4, 2016, reported that the annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia had a skit about Caitlyn Jenner that was so controversial, that the Mayor-elect Jim Kenny denounced it and Nellie Fitzpatrick, the city’s Director of LGBT Affairs, called it “unacceptable.”
The Mummers Parade is one of the oldest folk festival traditions still held, where people dress in costumes and do various skits. However, in their 118-year tradition, they may have gone too far and managed to offend numerous people. It started out with a man dressed like Bruce Jenner standing in front of a large sign of a box of Wheaties. The picture is a replica of the one Bruce was featured on during his Olympic years. The fake Bruce pretends to run around and be athletic with a gold medal around his neck. The fake Bruce takes a seat on a wheelchair, and members of their group wheel him into their midst. When he reappears, he has transformed into Caitlyn Jenner wearing the same kind of outfit that Caitlyn wore on the cover of Vanity magazine.
Unfortunately, it did not end there as another member of the group, or maybe this person crashed his way into the group, held a sign. On the left side of his sign was a picture of Bruce Jenner on the Wheaties box with the year 1976, and on the right side with the year 2016 is a picture of Fruit Loops, with a picture of Caitlyn Jenner and Bruce Jenner. This man pushed the boundary by hollering “F*** the gays!” as he walked down Broad Street.
Michael J. Inemer Sr., who is the Finnegan Captain, sent an email to Philly.com about the incident, saying that he has taken steps and banned that man from all activities. Mr. Inemer apologized for the conduct of this individual as he wrote, “I find myself, as do many many members of Finnegan NYB, wholeheartedly apologizing for the abrasive, gross and disturbing action of one of our members who, unfortunately, took it upon himself to embarrass us all with his conduct. He took it upon himself to put on a t-shirt that basically made him out of uniform from the rest of the brigade. He was in NO way expressing the sentiments of our proud club.”
Michael J. Inemer may have apologized for one person’s conduct, but his apology did not extend beyond that. He said, “If our skit was so ‘out of line’ how come the parade judges themselves awarded us with 70 points and 14th place? This whole episode seems to point out that folks need to lighten up and stop taking themselves so seriously.”
Caitlyn Jenner has not made a response to the event, but she has been under fire from many members of the LGBT community for not being the right spokesperson for them. So what do you think about their skit? Did they go too far, or should people “lighten up” as Mr. Inemer suggested?