What's Up with Upshaw? Dumb Stuff Celebrities Say

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A recent episode of "HuffPost Live" had an interview with former Brady Bunch star Barry Williams (he was a teenage Greg), who is now starring in a reality show called A Very Barry Branson, about his attempts to put on a 70s-themed stage show in Branson, Missouri.  When the show's host, Ricky Camilleri, asked Williams about a rumored custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, Williams tried to change the subject matter by saying, "We don't have time for all of that rigamorole and sorting it out.  I want to find out if Bruce Jenner is going to become a woman or not."

Williams was referring to the "news" reports of Kim Kardashian's stepfather looking more and more feminine and speculation that he may be going through gender reassignment, aka a sex change.  Then Williams joked, "I'm just saying, if this thing doesn't work, and the series isn't doing as well as I want, I'm going transgender."  When Camilleri told him going transgender was a "difficult emotional process", Williams quipped, "I'm an actor.  I can handle it."

This sounds to me like a so-called "has-been" looking for attention, and not the negative kind.  Williams was just trying to avoid talking about the custody battle, which would hurt his chances of people wanting to watch his reality show and/or his Branson show.  I think he made all those "Bruce Jenner/transgender" cracks in an effort to look "hip and cool" because that's what's going on in all the media and Barry's on top of it.

Admittedly, Williams' remarks are offensive to real transgenders, but this is just another case of a star from the past trying to be relevant to today's audiences.  We all have to "update our acts" sometimes, especially when you're famous for being a wholesome child star.  I guess Barry Williams and other former child stars are, in a way, getting even with Hollywood and their old fans by rebelling against a media-mad world that refuses to let them grow up.

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