Cincinnati restaurant unveils Bruce Jenner ‘hot dog taco’: Too soon? (Video)

Cincinnati restaurant unveils Bruce Jenner ‘hot dog taco’: Too soon? (Video)

The ink is scarcely dry on Bruce Jenner’s interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, in which he admitted to being “transJenner,” and already businesses are attempting to capitalize on the onetime Olympic champ’s “coming out.”

One of them, a Cincinnati gastropub known as the Senate, featured a menu item for one day only last Friday called the “Bruce Jenner 2.0,” which is — drum roll — part hot dog, part taco. (Readers unfamiliar with the “taco” half of the joke are referred to Urban Dictionary.)

Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO provides more information about the dish, noting that the “hot dog [is] split in half, sprinkled with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce, wrapped in a soft taco shell and drizzled with sauce.”

Not everyone was thrilled with the dish, and not just because of its high caloric content. Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay politician elected to City Council, found the Jenner 2.0 insensitive:

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As much as I love the Senate team, the description of their ‘Bruce Jenner’ hot dog of the day made me cringe a little. I understand that Senate’s daily hot dogs are supposed to poke fun at celebrities, but given that Bruce Jenner is possibly coming out as transgender tonight, and knowing how difficult that is, as seen with the suicide of Leelah Alcorn [a local transgender teen], I’m not sure I would have done with that description.

The restaurant’s co-owner, Dan Wright, sought to diffuse the outrage with a statement reading:

We think Bruce Jenner is awesome and has a tremendous amount of courage to transition in the way that he has. We think that Bruce will influence countless others who might not of felt brave enough to do so in the past. We f***ing love the LGBT community. [The hot dog] is exactly what we said it is. Pure awesomeness.

Wright went on to say that proceeds from the sale of the dish would be diverted to a charity to help confused teens like Alcorn.

WCPO’s report follows:

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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