By: Cheyanne Christopher | October 26, 2015
Ratings for Caitlyn Jenner’s new docu-series took a plunge as her interview on the Ellen Degeneres show aired on TV early September. Meanwhile, controversy sparked high after Caitlyn was asked about her views on gay marriage when she admitted that she is a “traditionalist” who has grown with the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. It’s clear that during the interview, tension was very much present throughout the room, Ellen even took to an interview days later on the Howard Stern Show to say that she thinks, “Republicans are wishing she (Caitlyn Jenner) wasn’t Republican.”
A lot of people know Caitlyn Jenner as the “superhero” of our time, but what they don’t know is that she still maintains her Republican views. Not sure how that plays into anything? She’s fighting for acceptance and equality for (transgender) people like herself, but still isn’t completely “on board with it (gay marriage),” as Ellen said. It doesn’t make it hard to call her a hypocrite on the issue of equality for the LGBT community, so does it come as a coincidence that I Am Cait’s ratings have dropped nearly 50 percent?
Bad move, Caitlyn. Coming from someone as excited as I was for her journey, I found it very shady to, not only be an icon for transgender people around the world, but a “hero” to children as young as twelve struggling for equality amongst their peers, looking up to a…fraud? Harsh, yes. Disappointed? You bet. Being from a generation that has limited knowledge on the issue of the transgender community, we didn’t grow up knowing/seeing this, but yet a good population of us support(ed) her with open arms. Times have changed, things have changed and views have changed, including that of gay marriage. If you can’t accept that as someone who seeks understanding from others on your struggle and your journey, why should we try to understand yours?
Great timing, though, I must admit. I mean, two months after Caitlyn accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYS, urging acceptance for the transgender community and receiving a standing ovation, this interview airs and all of her progress –essentially- goes to the dumps. People were outraged and personally, I don’t see why they should be anything but. If you’re going to stand for something, especially as important as a person’s rights, you’re in it 100 percent.
I was completely ignorant to this social issue until Caitlyn came into the picture, hard to miss when you’re a “Kardashian-Jenner” –and maybe that’s why I was so intrigued, but nonetheless it made me do research that I probably would never have even thought of doing if I wasn’t so inspired by what she’s doing for others. However, what I won’t respect is Caitlyn going onto a proud member of the LGBT community’s show and basically saying, “you shouldn’t be happy because your marriage is wrong.”
All-in-all, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth and I haven’t watched an episode of I Am Cait since. Call it what you want, but would you continue to support someone after they’ve let you down?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cheyanne is a full-time PR student at Humber, surviving each day one coffee at a time. She has a passion for anything fashion and pop-culture, and hopes to, one day, take on the fashion industry as Alexander Wang’s PR girl.