The following letter was mailed today. I would encourage anyone with a subscription to Vanity Fair to cancel it. And I would also encourage anyone who experienced the same dismay I felt, over the “handling” of Jenner by Vanity Fair, to write to Mr. Carter as well.
Graydon Carter, Editor
Vanity Fair Magazine
1 World Trade Center
New York, N.Y. 10007
I cannot begin to express how profoundly disappointed, and shocked, I was with the publication of your July 2015 issue. It caused me to cancel my subscription.
I found it unconscionable, that you would permit such callous, and revoltingly heartless, exploitation of Bruce Jenner’s mental health issues by your magazine and I pray these antics were not predicated on the fact that the print publishing industry is struggling to survive e-publishing. If so, that would be nearly diabolical in nature.
That said, this type of circus performance, undertaken by a nationally acclaimed magazine, was beyond the pale!
Mr. Jenner was once a revered, and respected, U. S. Olympic Champion in whom we, as a country, took great pride. And it is very obvious, to even the casual observer, that he is now suffering with demons whom most of us, gratefully, will never meet. And yet, you chose to place his severe form of mental illness on public display, deliberately exposing him to ridicule and mockery.
Not only was this a highly unprofessional undertaking, but it brought shame on his family, your readers, on you and your magazine as well.
Mental illness is a very serious matter! It is not something to be taken lightly. Especially when you consider the fact that the 1970s theory of “mainstreaming” the mentally ill back into society with a pocket full of Prozac is being swiftly discredited, as nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years has been undertaken by someone, i.e. Adam Lanza and James Eagan Holmes, who was either taking powerful psychotropic drugs or who had taken them in the immediate past, just before committing their horrific crimes. And yet, you display Mr. Jenner’s mental illness for all of the world to see, and as though it did not exist!
Granted, in Jenner’s case, he is unlikely to become a mass shooter. But, he will be at considerable risk for suicide. The following quote is from a WSJ article by Dr. Paul McHugh, “A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.”
And to make matters worse, here is another quote from a recent article in cnsnews.com, “Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.”
And yet this, for some unfathomable reason, is exactly what you have done!
Not only was the publication of the “new” Jenner on your magazine’s front cover a despicable betrayal of a once great man but by seeking to “normalize” his very serious mental illness, you have betrayed your readers as well.
My only consolation in this disturbing matter is the fact that the July issue was the thinnest I’ve ever received. My hope is that your advertisers, who obviously failed to support this outlandish display of depravity, and misleading imagery, will remain as revolted as I am by your poor judgement, and will also fail to return to the fold.
I am returning my unopened issue of the magazine to YOU, as it is unworthy of my trash bin.
K. Q. Duane