Patricia Arquette, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for her performance in “Boyhood,” thinks some media outlets “should be ashamed” of their coverage of Bruce Jenner’s transition from male to female.
“These newspapers, these magazines, that are being so disrespectful. They should be ashamed because they really are on the unforgivable side of history and what they are doing is pathetic and immature and repulsive,” Arquette said during a Wednesday appearance on “The Meredith Vieira Show.”
Vieira asked the actress about the “cruel” coverage of Jenner because Arquette’s sister, Alexis, is transgender.
“I feel like Alexis, my sister, has taught me so much about love and acceptance. It’s a very difficult thing to be transgender, especially twenty years ago when Alexis started,” Arquette said. ” I said, ‘I don’t care what package your comfortable in, love and accept you. I am glad you are here on earth. I want to be with you, spend time with you.'”
Arquette explained that media outlets mocking the former Olympian’s decision to transition to the opposite sex further damages a minority of people who are already “diminished in society.”
“You have to be so brave to live this truth of who you are,” Arquette said. “If Ms. Jenner is transitioning I give all my support to her and love and appreciate everything she has given to America and her bravery because she is fighting a fight for a lot of kids that are being kicked out of their own homes, society turns their back on these kids. It’s really brutal.”