Former child star Drake Bell says he’ll still call Caitlyn Jenner ‘Bruce’
Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has come under fire for misgendering Caitlyn Jenner.
Jenner, an Olympic gold medal winner and reality TV star, appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair celebrating her transition.
In a now-deleted tweet, the Drake and Josh sctor said: “Sorry… still calling you Bruce.”
Bell went on to insist he intended this as a sign of respect.
“I’m not dissing him! I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!” he wrote.
He went on to hit back at those who criticised him: “Calm down children. Good thing social media has no effect on real life.”
He is one of the few figures to express negativity towards Jenner.
Stars as diverse as Lady Gaga and Barack Obama have expressed their congratulations to Jenner.
Jenner joined Twitter yesterday, and broke the record for quickest time to gain a million followers, taking the crown from President Obama.