When Caitlyn Jenner appeared with Diane Sawyer last April, the show was one of the most viewed episodes in the long-running program’s history.
Nearly 17 million tuned in as Bruce Jenner introduce himself as Caitlyn Jenner. It marked, what many in the LGBTQ activist community had hoped, a turning point in the long, painful history of transgenders. Finally, America could put a face on the ‘T’ in LGBTQ in much the same way AIDS activists hoped the death of Rock Hudson from the then-deadly virus would put a much needed face on a disease largely ignored by the Americans at the time.
But that was then. Now that Ms. Jenner has settled into a revived career as a television personality, she has taken views that many find offensive, if not downright bizarre. How could someone who embodies everything the community so desperately needs in a transgender spokesperson – a smart, articulate, attractive famous person – take stances that not just a majority of the LGBTQ community finds distasteful, but seemingly goes against the very core of who we are?[RELATED: Sorry Caitlyn Jenner, Ted Cruz Is Not Going To Help The Trans Community!]
Jenner, a self-described Republican, praised Ted Cruz for being a “very conservative and a great constitutionalist and a very articulate man.”
She even offered to become Cruz’s “trans ambassador.” Given Cruz’s track record – he tends to surround himself with people who want to execute members of the LGBTQ community – it is a striking position to take.
Caitlyn is unrepentant. “None of the Republicans are ‘I hate trans people’ or ‘I hate gays,’” insisted Jenner. “They do nothing of that. I want a driving economy so every trans person has a job.” (A job, ironically, that transgenders in 28 states could lose because Republicans have failed to support a discrimination-free workplace.)
But not everyone is treating Jenner like a leper. After being rejected by her adopted family – the fame-seeking Kardashians – after winning Glamour Magazine’s ‘Woman of The Year’ award last November, a new circle of friends has rallied to her cause. According to the Radar Online, one friend was quoting as saying, “It’s just so obvious. When she relaunched herself they were all over her like barnacles on the bottom of a boat, but the moment there’s a backlash, they’re nowhere to be found.”
“When Jenner made a surprise appearance during a gay Pride event in New York City last June, she was greeted with fanfare reserved for staunch and longtime allies such as Lady Gaga. But all that goodwill and excitement seem to have evaporated into thin air — as has Jenner’s mainstream popularity. Sunday’s episode of I Am Cait, drew 745,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49, down more than 500,000 from the Season 1 finale, and nearly 2 million down from the series premiere.”
While it is highly unlikely that Cruz will take her up on her offer, what isn’t so certain is how quickly the public will forgive her for aiding and abetting the perceived enemy.
Update: Salon is reporting that Caitlyn, who initially backed Ted Cruz, is now supporting Hillary Clinton. The woman who once called Clinton “a fucking liar” posted a picture of her with Clinton and added the hashtags ‘willing to listen’ and ‘learning from my girls.’
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