Jamie Foxx has been roundly criticised on social media after a joke about Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly transitioning to a woman.
The comedian and actor, perhaps best known for his 2004 awarding winning performance as Ray Charles, was presenting the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Saturday night when he made the remarks.
“We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances,” Foxx told the audience. “He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”
A video from the evening shows that although some members of the audience laugh and continue clapping, shots show most viewers shaking their heads at his remarks.
Foxx, 47, then goes on to say: “Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”
Jenner, 65, a gold winning Olympic athlete now better known for his appearances on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is reportedly transitioning into a woman.
These reports – circulating for months – have not been confirmed by any figure representing Jenner, and neither has any member of the hardly publicity-shy Kardashian clan made any direct statement towards the rumours.
On social media the backlash against Foxx’s remarks was swift and eviscerating.
Totally unacceptable for the @iHeartRadio awards and Jamie Foxx to poke fun of Bruce Jenner for his gender change. SICKENING!— chelsea. (@_chelbell24) March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx making jokes about Bruce Jenner being transgendered was absolutely rude. NOT. FUNNY. AT. ALL.— CHAD (@ItsAllAboutChad) March 30, 2015
Oh yay, Jamie Foxx with the a few grossly transphobic Bruce Jenner jokes. Great way to kick off the #iHeartAwards. Blecch.— Eric (@MrEAnders) March 30, 2015
Wow! Totally not feeling Jamie Foxx right now... he is being so MEAN! #iHeartRadioMusicAwards the bruce jenner slam was NOT COOL!— Chloe Melas (@Chloe_Melas) March 30, 2015
really hoping jamie foxx apologizes for those hurtful,unnecessary,and transphobic bruce jenner jokes #notokayatall— Kenzie (@fiiyerotigelaar) March 30, 2015
okay but are we going to talk bout how @iHeartRadio let Jamie Foxx make transphobic jokes about Bruce Jenner on live television?— Kyle (@fuckfakehippies) March 30, 2015