Timbaland Explains Posting Caitlyn Jenner "Imma Call Him Bruce" Meme
The music producer's Facebook post was a reference to the Eddie Murphy film 'Coming to America.'
In the great tradition pioneered by Drake Bell, Timbaland is clearing up a piece of media he posted regarding Caitlyn Jenner.
After Olympian/Keeping Up With the Kardashians patriarch Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner and made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair, social media exploded with reactions. Lady Gaga and many others tweeted support, but Timbaland shared a meme referencing Eddie Murphy's Coming to America that many took as transphobic.
In the 1988 film, a crotchety old man (played by Arsenio Hall) said, "His momma call him Clay, Imma call him Clay," referring to Cassius Clay changing his name to Muhammad Ali. The Jenner-referencing meme featured the same old guy saying, "His momma named him Bruce, Imma call him Bruce."
After some backlash and media coverage (including on Billboard), the legendary producer explained himself over a series of tweets Tuesday (June 2). According to Timb, he was only sharing the meme because he thought it was funny — not because he endorsed the actual sentiment. He was careful to point out that he didn't create the meme and had previously stated he has "nothing against" Jenner. Read his explanation below.
It's fair to point out that while former Nickelodeon star/singer-songwriter Drake Bell posted an arguably transphobic tweet ("Sorry, still calling you Bruce") that he soon deleted, Timbaland shared an arguably transphobic meme -- perhaps a small distinction to some, but one Timb would like you to note.
boy some of the media outlets have so many fooled. let me explain this cause i see they are putting up their own headlines to deceive— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
alot of you guys. this is what happen. i saw a meme post and repost it cause i seen the movie in the post and thought that part of the— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
movie was one of the funniest parts. and somebody decide to take out clay which was said in the movie and put bruce. thats it— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
i didnt make the meme that was posted or said publicly what the meme said. Man i find it funny you can take a something reposted and say— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
"Timbaland said" in the headlines. But nevertheless that is the story but i doubt they will post this. Not interesting enough for them.— Timbaland (@Timbaland) June 2, 2015
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.