Caitlyn Jenner has been flying under the radar ever since she was caught on camera taking a verbal lashing from Trans advocate Ashlee Marie Preston at a Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performance. Preston pounced Jenner, who had helped fund the concert which took place just a day after Trump announced his intended ban on trans service members in the U.S. military, for her support of anti-Trans politicians, many of who she had voted for or made campaign contributions to. Preston shared the video on Facebook, titling it “Caitlyn Jenner, you’re trash.”
It’s no secret that Jenner’s bizarre, antiquated world views have left her few friends in the LGBT community. From stumbling over whether or not she approved of marriage equality during an appearance on Ellen, to championing conservative evangelists who have lobbied to strip rights away from trans folks (And inevitably succeeded.) Jenner’s first steps into the world as a Transgender woman left her tripping over her own heels, landing flat on her new face.
It should be stated, however, that in her book published last year, Jenner blames Ellen for the failure to communicate, claiming the famous lesbian talk show host “Took what I said out of context.”
Couldn’t have been that far out of context. Viewers of her own, now defunct, reality show I Am Cait, watched with unbridled discomfort as Jenner pushed back against the concept of equality, inclusion and visibly struggled to grasp the dangerous political climate that Trans people are trying to thrive in, against the odds. It appeared as if Jenner had somehow remained comfortably detached from the community she was now, suddenly, a part of. Her response was one of someone who expected to maintain their status of the elite, uncontested majority and was startled to discover, by her own actions, she had been thrust to the fringes of society with the rest of us. She was deemed traitorous by many while others simply wrote her off as blissfully ignorant- more concerned with front row seats at New York Fashion week than the real threats facing trans identifying people. It was less what Jenner didn’t know and more what she didn’t care to understand that incensed the public.
Although she has recently done an about-face on her once immovable stances, even conceding that “Trump has sent the transgender community back 20 years.” in a speech delivered to British Parliament earlier this month, Jenner’s arrogance and privilege keep her at arms length as notable figures within the community continue to shun her.
Carmen Carrera, the transgender supermodel who rose to fame prior to her transition on the show Rupaul’s Drag Race and became the first trans woman to ever model for Victoria’s Secret, recently posted a strong handed response to Jenner, who reached out to her via private message on Instagram. While Carrera has criticized Jenner in the past for her damaging, divisive remarks (Such as her statement to TIME magazine stating; “I think it’s much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically, kind of, looks and plays the role. I try to take [my presentation] seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”) Carerra didn’t seem to be interested in further entertaining the idea of allying with Jenner asking “Honestly, what does she actively do everyday (sic) for trans folks? And why does she take credit for what real activists are doing? Who even is she?”
Carrera is speaking some home truths, troubling as they may be. Most of Jenner’s appearances have been to collect awards, or speak, despite clearly lacking qualification or access to the authentic Trans experiences, to audiences who greet her with less applause and more side-eye.
Jenner did not respond to Carrera’s Instagram message, so she reached out to her assistant, referred to in Carrera’s post as “sidekick,” Sophia Hutchins. It has been speculated in the press that 21 year old Hutchins, who is also transgender, is Jenner’s fiancée while others allege she is simply a hanger-on, seeking some role-off celebrity. Hutchins did reply, which prompted Carrera to post the above exchange on Instagram calling them both “fake.”
Jenner’s recent speech to the British Parliament was heavily protested by the British transgender community, who started a petition to cancel her appearance in lieu of hosting a British Trans person instead citing the fact that “She doesn’t represent transgender people.”
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