Jon Stewart Slams Caitlyn Jenner Media Coverage: 'Welcome To Being a Woman in America'
By Alex Ungerman
Jon always seems to perfectly say what needs to be said.
The longtime Daily Show anchor devoted a segment of Tuesday's show to Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair debut, and while he congratulated the media on its immediate support for her, he did call out something that largely hadn't been talked about regarding the way Caitlyn is already being treated as a woman.
"It's really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman," Stewart said, before cutting to a montage of news reports largely focused on her appearance on the Vanity Fair cover.
"Caitlyn, when you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen," Stewart went on. "But now you're a woman, and your looks are really the only thing we care about."
Stewart then showcased many of the comparisons that have been made for Caitlyn -- how she compares to Kris, her body in comparison to Kim's, as well as the comparisons of her percieved likeness to actress, Jessica Lange.
Stewart skewered the media's obsession with what he joked is Caitlyn's "comparative f**kability" to other women who are public figures, adding, "We want to give a woman a compliment here, we just need to make sure another women gets taken down a peg in the process."
Finally, Stewart then called out some of the straight up slut-shaming that has found its way into some of the media coverage, including one reporter calling Caitlyn's Vanity Fair cover "Playboy bunny-esque" while a colleague added, "I wonder how much of this is Photoshopped, how much of this is airbrushed.
"Caitlyn Jenner," Stewart concluded, "Welcome to being a woman in America."
In the promo for her upcoming, E! docuseries, I Am Cait, Jenner addresses some of these issues, admitting, "You start learning kind of the pressure that women are under all the time about their appearance."