To that end, celebrities like Nickelodeon star Drake Bell and hip-hop producer Timbaland made splashes late Monday with controversial, hate-stirring social media updates. Both played on the same notes of forced logic: Jenner was born a man, and so she should be addressed as one.
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As someone pointed out to Timbaland in the comments, there’s irony in Timbaland refusing to acknowledge Jenner’s name change given that he was born “Timothy Zachery Mosley” and not “Timbaland.”
For Bell’s part, he tried to backtrack his statement with a follow-up tweet: “I’m not dissing him! I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!” Both have since been deleted.
Elsewhere, public reaction from celebrities with vast numbers of followers has been overwhelmingly positive.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.