One of the next things Diane Sawyer asked Bruce Jenner as the long-awaited and -promoted interview finally got under way was that there are people who just don’t believe this is anything but another publicity stunt.

To which Jenner responds with an exaggerated, joking gesture that Oh, no, we would never do that.

More seriously — Really? People think that he would go through the physical, medical and surgical changes over a period of months or years, just for publicity?

Jenner said he believes that his situation will allow him to accomplish something good for the world. As for whatever role any publicity might play in that process, he’s OK with that.