Patricia Arquette Lashes Out at Media Coverage of Bruce Jenner

by ETonline Staff 10:45 AM PST, February 13, 2015
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During a visit to The Meredith Vieira Show, Patricia Arquette opened up about her transgender sister Alexis who documented her transition from male to female in the 2007 film, Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother, and even offered her support to Bruce Jenner.

In the conversation with Vieira, the Oscar nominated Boyhood star said what Alexis went through was tough. “It’s a very difficult thing to be transgender, especially 20 years ago when Alexis started talking about it. I didn’t exactly understand it.”

But she prefaced that by saying, “I feel like Alexis, my sister, has taught me so much about love and acceptance.”

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Arquette explained that the death of her two parents helped her come to terms with the transition, noting that it was about loving the ones around you, while you still can.

“We all come into this life in a different package — a baby package," she said. "We get older, we become an old person package. If you’re male or female at the end, I didn’t care. I said, ‘I don’t care what package you’re comfortable in. I love and accept you. I’m so glad you’re here on earth. I want to be with you, spend time with you.’”

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And when the conversation -- initially prompted by Jenner -- turned back to the reality star, Arquette called the media “disrespectful” for its coverage.

“They should be ashamed. They’re on the unforgivable side of history,” Arquette said, “and what they’re doing is pathetic and immature and repulsive.”