Oh, no he didn’t! Darren Criss dissed Caitlyn Jenner on stage with a transphobic joke. Darren, who has played gay on ‘Glee’ — and is currently performing as a genderqueer singer in the Broadway hit ‘Hedwig’ — should know better.
Really, Darren Criss? While a slew of insensitive celebs (ahem — Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg!) made rude remarks about Caitlyn Jenner‘s transition, we never would have imagined that the 28-year-old former Glee actor would be the next to make a cruel comment. While in character as Hedwig during a June 23 show, Darren tried to make a funny about the transgender I Am Cait star — and it infuriated fans who were in attendance. Check out the theatergoers’ heated social media messages!
If anyone should be able to show some respect for Caitlyn, wouldn’t you think it would be a man acting as a rock star who who assumes a female persona after a botched sex change surgery? Yeah, we thought so too. So we’re still confused why Darren (as Hedwig) would ever even consider making a mockery out of the former Olympian.
According to aghast Broadway fans, Darren made this deplorable diss towards Cait: “Man, woman, man, woman, woman, man, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are.” He improvised the witless wisecrack while giving off lines about Hedwig’s fictional signature fragrance, “Atrocity.” The farce fell flat — and witnesses voiced their disgust via Twitter. Take a look at their regurgitative reactions below:
…..she was like “man, woman, man woman, woman man, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are.” 😖
— Christine Delozier (@running_races) June 24, 2015
Tonight, Darren Criss, as HEDWIG said, “man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are” and it was very distasteful. — Marc Lacognata (@marclacognata) June 24, 2015
@DarrenCriss hey that “joke” you made about caitlyn jenner during the show was really rude and gross you need to apologize for that
— ™ | nsfr (@transbucky) June 24, 2015
I’m so disgusted by the fact that Darren Criss is playing a trans character and still made transphobic comments about Caitlyn Jenner. — Theatre Brains (@theatrebrains) June 24, 2015
.@DarrenCriss hedwig is not a “woman-thing” and caitlyn jenner is a woman. how dare you use her birthname and make her identity into a joke
— tommy ⚘ paris (@belleponine) June 24, 2015
ok but did @darrencriss really make that caitlyn jenner ‘joke’?? come on man you totally know better i know you did it as ‘Hedwig’ but-
— chris (@genuinelychris) June 24, 2015
Darren has yet to acknowledge all the backlash over his epic fail at humor. What do YOU think of what he said about Caitlyn, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Evan Real