Jamie Foxx has been slammed for making a joke about Bruce Jenner.
The 47-year-old singer and actor caused controversy in his opening monologue at the iHeart Radio Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on March 29 when he poked fun at the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and his transition from male to female.
Taking to the stage after performances from Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson and Nick Jonas, the ceremony’s host said: “We got some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself… Look. I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”
The joke appeared to fall flat, with the audience — which was expected to include Bruce’s daughter Kylie Jenner — failing to laugh and his remarks instantly attracted a barrage of criticism on Twitter.
Blogger Perez Hilton wrote: ”Boo! Shame on you #iHeartAwards for allowing @iamjamiefoxx to be transphobic on national television! Those #BruceJenner jokes were wrong!!! (sic)”
Another Twitter user, Luigi Mondi, wrote: ”@iamjamiefoxx making transphobic jokes at Bruce Jenner’s expense while Kylie is in the audience? Grow up & educate yourself. #iHeartAwards (sic)”
Twitter user @itsallaboutchad slammed: ”Jamie Foxx making jokes about Bruce Jenner being transgendered was absolutely rude. NOT. FUNNY. AT. ALL. (sic)”