QUEBEC — So, here we go again: Comments made by Caitlyn Jenner in support of U.S. Republican candidate Ted Cruz have upset some trans people, i.e. the few who still see Jenner as some sort of trans messiah or think she has any relevance in the grander scheme of things.
The Federalist has a surprisingly objective piece about the so-called “backlash,” objective in as much as a conservative publication of that nature can be. And we should keep in mind that Jenner identifies as a conservative, a fact that has baffled many in the LGBT community. Coincidentally (or not), the controversy comes as Jenner’s reality-TV show starts its second season.
Looking in from north of the U.S. border, the Jenner controversy is lost in the greater spectacle being put on by Donald Trump and the Republicans in general. Everybody is talking about (and cheering) the implosion of the Republican party; nobody is talking about Jenner, because nobody cares about her voting preferences.
So why are some American trans people upset by Jenner’s political leanings? Well, some say because she has a platform.
True. She does, thanks to her “celebrity.” But in a nation of 350 million people, how many Americans will be influenced by her support for Cruz, to the point of voting for him?
Let’s get real: Jenner’s political views will not change anyone’s voting intentions. It’s as simple as that.
And Jenner is not the voice of all American transgender people — as most people with at least one brain cell understand. She is one trans woman in the limelight. Yes, she may be capitalizing on her gender transition, but that is the American way, isn’t it? She isn’t the first trans person to make some bucks by going public with their gender issues.
So once again, another Caitlyn Jenner “backlash” is much ado by a relatively small number of people about nothing.
Indeed, I bet most people who heard about Jenner’s kind words for Cruz just shrugged them off without a second thought.
Caitlyn Jenner is not an elected spokesperson for all American transgender people. She is one voice, one vote.
If you disagree with her views, tune out . . .
On another note: Say what you will about Donald Trump, many Canadians will not forget how he handled the Jenna Talackova case up here. You may remember that Jenna is a trans woman who was competing in Trump’s Miss Canada pageant when one of the directors expelled her because of her transitional history. Jenna went public with it all, and ultimately Trump intervened and allowed her to compete. Yes, he had no choice, under Canadian law. But he never said a bad word about Jenna or trans people in general. Worth remembering . . .