People Are Speaking Out Against Caitlyn Jenner's Hypocritical, Transphobic Comments
A recent interview with Time has some people saying "time's up" to Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner recently placed seventh on Time's Person of the Year shortlist. Jenner's year included a front-page cover of Vanity Fair and a headlining speech at the ESPY Awards, where she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
In an interview with Time, Jenner spoke about her lifelong struggle with identity, her choice to come out in 2015 and her leadership role in the LGBT community. While discussing her very public role as a transgender person, Jenner said that she tries to project a "good image" for her community. When the interviewer asked what she meant by "good image," Jenner responded:
One thing that has always been important for me, and it may seem very self-absorbed or whatever, is first of all your presentation of who you are. I think it's much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically kind of looks and plays the role. So what I call my presentation. I try to take that 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. So the first thing I can do is try to present myself well. I want to dress well. I want to look good. When I go out, as Kim says, you've got to rock it because the paparazzi will be there. The second thing I want to do in living my life authentically is be intelligent on the subject. Hopefully as time goes on I'll learn more and more and more and get better at that.
Jenner is essentially talking about the idea of "passing," which is not always the goal of every transgender person. The pressure to "pass" — to fit society's idea of what a cisgender man or cisgender woman looks like — weighs heavy on many trans people.
For those who wish to pass and don't have access to Jenner's enormous resources, passing is not very simple. There are even whole online communities dedicated to the pressures of passing for transgender people.
People, many of them members of the transgender community, tweeted their evolving feelings about Jenner. Many were polite, but annoyed. Some were just plain over it.
Even YouTube star Chris Crocker weighed in on Jenner's comments.
Others continue to question why she's allowed to speak for the entire community.
While some people were annoyed with Jenner, they seemed to be sympathetic to what is clearly, to them, internalized prejudice.
This is not the first time this year that Jenner has been criticized for her views on the LGBT community. In September, Ellen Degeneres called out Jenner for her hesitancy to embrace marriage equality. DeGeneres eventually went on the Howard Stern Show to address the controversy.