It’s no secret that everyone is anticipating Bruce Jenner‘s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer. Whether he plans on announcing his gender identity (not that he should feel remotely obligated to) or simply addressing the rumors about it, it is pretty easy to predict the viewing audience for the program will be huge. Now, the first preview has been released for it, increasing the anticipation.
In the preview, the camera barely grazes Bruce’s face, primarily focusing on Diane while the voiceover reads, “The interview, the journey, the decisions, the future.” The mysteriousness is (almost undoubtedly intentionally) compounded by Bruce’s long hairstyle, a source of much speculation in the past year.
Regardless of what Bruce says about his gender identity and his controversial treatment by the media, we can only hope that after this, people will be as respectful as possible surrounding Bruce Jenner’s appearance and personal choices. While some will argue that by speaking to Diane Sawyer, he is giving up his right privacy, I think it’s important to note that this is one of the only ways a huge media figure can address rumors, controversy, and speculation, and take charge of their public image before the tabloids completely take it over.
The 2-hour special, Bruce Jenner: The Interview, will air on ABC later this month.