Barbara Walters Reveals Her Most Fascinating Person of 2015

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Caitlyn Jenner Named Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2015.

That makes perfect sense — not only did Jenner’s transition captivate the world, but she sat down for her first major interview earlier this year with Diane Sawyer on ABC. Hailed as a “symbol of hope for the transgender community,” host Barbara Walters selected the 66-year-old reality star, who was not interviewed, for the top honor on the list of her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. “Our choice for the most fascinating person of the year was once called the world’s greatest athlete,” Walters, 86, started. “Traditionally that title was given to the man who won the Olympic decathalon.

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out may have pushed trans issues onto the international agenda – but that doesn’t mean she’s necessarily the best LGBTI role model. It’s the same network as Walters’s annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special, which aired on Thursday night. “The transformation of Bruce Jenner, who performed heroic feats of endurance in winning the Olympic gold medal for the decathlon, to Caitlyn Jenner, who performed heroic feats involving hair extensions and eye makeup, was fascinating,” Walters announced when she revealed Jenner as her top choice. So America scratched its collective head throughout this yr’s telecast, which aired Thurs. on ABC, questioning who would nab the legendary newswoman’s top spot. Anyway, Walters went on to explain that Jenner made an impact by bringing attention to the “grim reality of life” for transgender people and working to help bring change. “Through her own transformation, Caitlyn Jenner transformed society this year.

Many trans people have rightly pointed out to Jenner that it is much harder for trans people to look the way they want when they don’t have the ridiculous amount of money she has to pay for her clothes, hair, surgery, etc. Amy Schumer, Bradley Cooper, Tracy Morgan, Misty Copeland, Bernie Sanders, Donna Karan, Ronda Rousey, Jeff Bezos & Donald Trump crammed the 1st 9 positions, all leading as much as the large reveal. In case you ignored the headline & photo of this text, Caitlyn Jenner — the athlete previously generally known as Bruce Jenner — was the ultimate name exposed.

The rest of the list included Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump; actress Amy Schumer; comedian Tracy Morgan; ballet dancer Misty Copeland; designer Donna Karan; UFC fighter Ronda Rousey; Amazon CEO (and owner of The Washington Post) Jeff Bezos; Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders; and actor Bradley Cooper. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way,” she wrote. “Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don’t want to conform to society’s expectations. PHOTOSThe 20 Best TV Performances of 2015 For sure, nothing new was shared about Jenner’s life throughout Walters’ special, as if there is anything we don’t know at this point. Viewers, instead, have been treated to a montage of scenes from Keeping Up With the Kardashians, I Am Cait & numerous news source clips from the ’70s & ’80s. … All of these people are my brothers and my sisters, and I am fighting alongside them, too.” Following the apology, trans writer Brynn Tannehill penned an open letter to Jenner, published on Huffington Post, advising her to “take a sabbatical to go experience the things necessary to understand the community” before she acts as a spokesperson. “You won’t be able to understand where most queer people are coming from until you understand our absolute dread of conservative, republican politicians…

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