A photographer shouted at Caitlyn Jenner ‘Oi Bruce, get your d*** out’ as she left the British LGBT Awards in London.
Police have launched a hate crime investigation after the incident on Friday night.
Jenner was a guest at the ceremony, where she received a Loud And Proud trophy following her transition from Bruce Jenner in 2015, which she has spoken about publicly.
As she left the event at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London an onlooker hurled transphobic abuse at her until she got into a car.
We can even call it abuse if we wish. Being shouted at in public can be said to be that most certainly.
But a hate crime? Isn’t verbal abuse something that a public figure just has to put up with? Along with the awards and the cash of course?
For example, in libel we do make the distinction between mere vulgar abuse and defamation.
I could even imagine it being sensible to charge with behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace – and wouldn’t it have been great if Bruce had decked him?
But hate crime?