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Jon Stewart rips media for salivating over Caitlyn Jenner's "f*ckability": "Your looks are the only thing we care about"

Jon Stewart was expecting some media grossness following the Vanity Fair cover -- just not this kind


Colin Gorenstein
June 3, 2015 5:26PM (UTC)

Jon Stewart was bracing himself for some media grossness following Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover, but much to his pleasant surprise -- with a few minor exceptions, that is -- the media responded glowingly. Maybe too glowingly, even.

Stewart ripped the media on Tuesday's "Daily Show," noting that the only thing commentators wanted to talk about was Jenner's "comparative fuckability."

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“Caitlyn, when you were a man we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen,” he said. “Now you’re a woman, and your looks are the only thing we care about. Which brings us to phase two of your transition: your 'comparative fuckability.'"

Stewart went on to cite multiple instances in which Jenner was compared to actress Jessica Lange -- and, in one especially appalling clip, the question was raised of whether or not Caitlyn had a better body than Kim Kardashian.

“Look,” Stewart said, “We want to give a compliment here. We just need to make sure another woman gets taken down a peg in the process. It’s how we maintain the balance.”

The media's overemphasis on "fuckability" is a topic that trans actress Laverne Cox touched on earlier this week; in a viral Tumblr post, Cox explained that Jenner represented only a specific subset of trans people -- that not all trans people end up aligning so neatly with cisnormative beauty standards, by virtue of race, class and access.

Watch the clip below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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