If a site called Hollywood Gossip is to be believed, the ratings for I Am Cait are tanking and Caitlyn Jenner is upset because she “has been bombarded by harsh comments from outspoken members of the transgender community in recent weeks.”
Hmm . . . Does this surprise anyone (besides Jenner)?
The less-than-stellar TV ratings for I Am Cait was entirely predictable. Indeed, I polled readers here and in my jillianpage.com blog before the series started, and few people said they were planning to watch the series.
Let’s be honest: while transgenderism is a hot media topic these days — especially in the dog days of summer — the vast majority of everyday people are not interested in the subject. Sure, many tuned in to the Diane Sawyer/Bruce Jenner ABC News interview out of curiosity. But they’ve got better things to do on summer Sunday evenings than watch I Am Cait.
As for many in the trans community rejecting I Am Cait — and by extension, Jenner herself — this isn’t a surprise, either. As one reader of the Hollywood Gossip article pointed out in the comments’ section:
Caitlyn we don’t want your help. We want your show cancelled and for you to just live the rest of your life. Leave the community alone. You will never know what it is like to be a young or even middle aged trans woman. Only an elderly one. You can not change that. You can never relate. You will be in your 70’s before you are even used to living as a Trans woman. Your too Elderly and out of touch. Just take your limited time and enjoy what you have left. We just don’t care to have you represent us as powerless to connect as you are. — Kristy Pandora Greczowski
Kristy makes some good points. And nobody elected Caitlyn to be a transgender leader.
Which is not to say Caitlyn isn’t doing any good — she has said in commercials airing on the radio in Montreal that “we are going to do some good.” And she has helped to raise transgender awareness if only by having the media slobber all over her in their efforts to fill space in their publications and airwaves.
But all the publicity by mainstream publications and networks has also stirred up the hornets’ nests of right-wing publications, which now have a “celebrity” to target in their war on transgenderism. And there’s no doubt: The publicity-seeking Caitlyn is making herself a big target.
The biggest reason Caitlyn’s show is tanking, though, may very well be the simple fact it is playing on the E! Network and not on one of the major U.S. networks and one of the major Canadian networks. I couldn’t watch the show even if I wanted to, because my TV service provider doesn’t offer the E! Network.
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey