Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Twitter Record, Receives ESPN Honor & Jessica Lange Comparisons


To say Caitlyn Jenner made a splashy debut would be an understatement. The transgender sensation has everyone talking with her striking Vanity Fair cover. If that wasn’t enough, she even broke the internet, metaphorically speaking of course.

The former Olympian broke a Twitter record by grabbing one million followers the fastest in just four hours. President Obama previously held the title by achieving the same feat in less than five hours. Prior to that, Robert Downey Jr. passed the million mark in 23 hours and 22 minutes back in April 2014.

“I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.” – Caitlyn’s first Tweet

It was also announced today that the 65-year-old former Olympian will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs on July 15. Joel McHale will host the festivities at the Nokia Theatre in LA.

“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” Caitlyn said. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers.”

Probably even more prestigious than the ESPY is the fact, Caitlyn is being compared to none other than Jessica Lange. With their similar jawlines, the two share a resemblance. Posts like the following trended on Twitter.

How does Jessica Lange feel about the comparisons you ask? The 65-year-old actress shared her thoughts to The Daily Beast. Here’s her response when told about the trending topic.

“What does that mean? You have to explain what that means to me.”

After explaining it to her, Lange added:

“Oh really? That’s so wonderful. Well now I’m going to have to look for that picture.”

“Trending on Twitter because Caitlyn Jenner on the cover—you see I don’t do any of this stuff, the Internet,” Jessica added. “So I have no clue when people use this terminology. I have to repeat it to understand.”

Do you think Caitlyn and Jessica look similar? Weigh in on everything Caitlyn Jenner-related below.

  • macguffin54

    Caitlyn, not Kaitlyn. He (she) said he (she) specifically chose to use a C and not a K so as to help create an identity separate from the other K’s in his life (Kris, Kendall, Kim…). I use “he(she)” because I am a bit confused. There has not been any gender reassignment surgery so what we have is Bruce saying he(she) is a woman but with a penis and testicles. I get if Caitlyn will be his(her) name when the transition is over (or using it now to get accustomed to it), for the same reason he (she) may he (she) using female pronouns now. But identify as you want, you still have a penis and you don’t yet have a vagina. Doesn’t that still make you a man (maybe a woman trapped in a man’s body or a man transitioning into a woman, but still a man)? He (she) has said gender reassignment surgery is not out of the question, but how can you “be” a woman if you don’t have the surgery?? More to the point, why say you are a woman and identify as a woman if you have no plans to have the surgery to make it (more or less) complete? I’m not trying to be transphobic, I just think Jenner is trying to have it both/all ways, having his (her) cake and eating it, too. Be whatever you want, but BE it.

  • Parker

    This is the most confusing thing I’ve ever read and quite frankly just plain ignorant. Just because she hasn’t confirmed or denied her gender reassignment surgery doesn’t mean she has to still go by male pronouns.

    Also, who the fuck are you to demand the use of proper terminology? You have no relevance in asking those questions to anyone who is or has transitioned. In short, you’re a dickhead.

  • J-Flo

    I got more of an Idina Menzel vibe from the Vanity Fair cover than Jessica Lange, but I can see why that comparison was made.

    As for the previous comment from macguffin, I agree that it is quite ignorant. Gender identity and biology are two different things. I have more than one friend who was born one gender but identifies with the other and has for most of their life, despite never having had any reassignment surgery. The process of physical gender conversion is a very lengthy and often difficult one, what with hormonal treatment, constantly adjusting to a changing you and maybe even surgery. But the person we feel we are inside is not something that should be tied in with the physical transformation. Caitlyn Jenner would have had every right to go by that name at any point in her life and chose now, at 65 years of age, to finally do it. Please try not to confuse identity with empirical biological changes.

  • Aaron

    Totally agree. I thought it was Idina when I first saw the picture.