Comedian Bill Burr is facing some online backlash after joking on Conan about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner.
Burr joked to O’Brien Thursday night about the amount of press coverage Jenner has received for the transition, wondering aloud whether Bruce deliberated going “with a D cup or something a little more perky.”
“I miss that guy. I miss him already,” Burr joked. “He should have told us. He should have given us a chance to say goodbye. I watched him on the Olympics. I watched him on CHiPS. I watched him on that horrible show my wife watches where he just walks around in the background. Nobody listened to him; it’s just sad.”
Burr next took aim at the political correctness surrounding Jenner’s transition:
Then you couldn’t react. You couldn’t on any level be like, “Oh my g-d, what the eff,” on any level. You couldn’t say that or you’re automatically homophobic. If you shave your beard off, people are like, “Oh, that’s your chin, wow!” This guy walked out a dude, came back a woman, and you’re just supposed to be like, “Oh, yes, so anyways, Caitlyn.”
“God bless him. God bless her, sorry. They really freak out about the pronouns,” Burr said, not letting up. “Say, ‘God bless him,’ and they’re like, ‘Her!’ Sorry.”
Conan then read off a promo for Burr’s stand-up comedy tour while trying to stifle a laugh.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Burr’s comments caused a good deal of negative reaction on Twitter and in left-leaning media:
I hope @billburr is aware that over six million trans teens will be murdered this year for what he said on Conan.
— extremely online guy (@nickmullen) August 21, 2015
Bill Burr's comments on Caitlyn Jenner went too far http://t.co/7wwLpeWx7m
— huffpostgay (@huffpostgay) August 21, 2015
Bill Burr didn't take the time to UNDERSTAND & learn about the trans community so how could he be expected to make informed opinions on it?
— Jillian Gutowitz (@jillboard) August 21, 2015
Others defended the often-controversial comedian:
— John Murphy (@realjohnmurphy) August 21, 2015
If someone can provide me with an INTELLIGENT reason that anything @billburr said was actually offensive, im all ears. until then SHUT IT
— Mark Stevens (@MarkTheShark927) August 21, 2015
Bill Burr, is the best. In the world. I cannot describe.
— Luke 'Wengles' James (@Wengles) August 21, 2015
Neither Burr nor Conan’s team has commented yet.