NY Daily News – Jose Canseco has gone from baseball slugger to steroid-stained pariah, now he’ll try being a woman — at least for a week.
Canseco will show his support for former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to come out as transgender by dressing up and living as a female for seven days.
The 51-year-old former Bash Brother admitted he didn’t fully understand Jenner’s transition at first, but says he’s had a change of heart.
“In the very beginning, I didn’t understand it, so I was kind of like, against it,” said Canseco. “Once I watched it more and more, and realized what it really entailed, what he was going through, I started supporting him. …
“Once it’s completely done, I will be dressing up and living as a woman for a week,” he said. “I’m talking about full everything.”
The slugger declined to elaborate.
This move is so gracious and magnanimous of Jose Canseco I think he deserves not only our respect, but our applause. I mean, what better way to support Caitlyn Jenner than by dressing in drag for a week? After seven days of kicking around in a dress and high heels, toting a purse around and rocking a wig, and Jose should come away with a perfect understanding of what Jenner’s life has been like.
And by doing so, Canseco has not only raised awareness of the issues faced by all people struggling with identity issues, he’s inspired me as well. I need to be more culturally aware and more sensitive to the experiences of other people. So I’m going to follow his example and in the months to come I’m going to spend a week dressed up as an Australian, a Presbyterian, a Laplander, a deep sea diver, a superhero, a Serb, a Sherpa, a cowboy, construction worker, motorcycle cop, Indian and biker dude. And then after wearing their costumes, I will come away with perfect empathy for all their life experiences. Because that’s how that works.
But first I want to support Jose Canseco. So for one week I’m going to go around dressed up as a ridiculous, washed up, fraudulent, forgotten, third rate, has-been, bankrupt, laughingstock steroid-stained pariah. I’m talking the full everything. So thanks to Jose for building bridges of understanding and making the world a better place.
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