Caitlyn Jenner is undoubtedly one of the most popular and controversial figures in the trans community. But why is it that they didn’t want her to be their “spokesperson”?
The former reality TV star addressed this matter during her interview with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast where she dished on about being an outcast in the trans community because of her background and personal beliefs.
The topic came to be after host Michael Bosstick mentioned about how the people reacted to Elliot Page coming out as trans compared to Caitlyn’s last 2015.
Michael said, “I’m very happy that your family was so supportive and the people closer were supportive, but I feel there’s a double standard where like, you also got a lot of s–t from a lot of people that are very supportive of other people in Hollywood transitioning, but maybe if you don’t fit that agenda or that kind of typecast, they’re not as forgiving with someone like yourself. I wonder if you’ve ever thought about that double standard.”
Caitlyn hesitated at first then said, “I gotta be very careful with that. The trans community is probably more critical than the general public.”
She explained that her past “privilege” as a white man could be the reason why she couldn’t be a spokesperson. She added, “I’ve had every privilege there is in the world. I agree with them.”
However, the former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and former Olympian said that it was disappointing especially since she could make a difference and change the world adding, “And in a lot of ways I did just being myself, but I mean, I try to do things politically.”
Caitlyn also admitted being a Republican and recalled the charity work she did for the LGBTQ organizations and the way they treaded her. She explained, “Near the end, I would help some of the organizations here in the Los Angeles area and they would have an event that I helped pay for and they would ask me not to come cause I’m too controversial.
“I’ve had members of the community just tear into me and that’s like, ‘Guys, I’m only trying to help them. I’m here to help,” she added.
Regardless, Caitlyn Jenner is here to make a difference. She said, “I feel like my greatest contribution that I can make is just being out there without trying to change the world. Just be out there, do shows.”