On Tuesday, Caitlyn Jenner‘s long-awaited interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (pre-taped, natch) aired, and a lot of people were left pretty confused. We know Caitlyn’s been doing the rounds in the press, acting as a spokesperson for the transgender community and trying to bring trans issues to light, but things got dodgy when Ellen brought up the topic of gay marriage.
For those who don’t know much about Caitlyn, she has always been a conservative Republican, and to be honest, none of that has really changed. She’s still pretty anti-poor people (which… we won’t even get into that) and also isn’t all that convinced about gay marriage, but clearly feels pressured into supporting it due to being trans. Caitlyn told Ellen that she’s a “traditionalist” (lol) but added, “I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness. That’s not my job. If that word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.” Ellen then pointed out that Caitlyn seemed rather half-hearted with her comments, to which Caitlyn responded, “It’s pretty much going to be the law of the land. So I feel like I’m okay with it.”
Wow, thanks for the support. Ellen then hit up Howard Stern’s XFM radio show on Wednesday, where she basically said Caitlyn’s attitude is bullshit but that she doesn’t seem to get the contradictory nature of her opinions.
“[She] still has a judgment about gay marriage… And I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you. This is like, really confusing to people. And you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’”
Stern thought it was “crazy,” because “here’s a person on TV crying, ‘I want to be myself. I want to be genuine. I don’t want people to ridicule me,’ and then says in the same breath, ‘Gee, gay marriage, I don’t get it.’” He expressed that the disconnect for Jenner was “remarkable.”
DeGeneres then told Stern that, unlike her other guests, Jenner did not dance with her. She joked, “Maybe she didn’t want to dance with me because I’m a lesbian.” DeGeneres also said of the conservative Jenner, “I think a lot of Republicans are wishing she wasn’t Republican.”
I don’t think everyone has to support every cause, but I do find it really ridiculous that Caitlyn is still so clueless. It’s something I’ve felt for a while now – we’ve watched every episode of I Am Cait, and while it’s fascinating to see her go through this process, it’s also really sad, because Caitlyn has a LOT of self-loathing and is clearly still far from comfortable in her own skin, despite her millions of dollars being able to buy her a ton of expensive surgeries, clothes, makeup artists and hair stylists.
I think Caitlyn is a very confused woman who hasn’t accepted herself but still wants acceptance from the rest of the world. She’s surrounded herself with several trans women who have attempted to educate her on trans issues that affect the great majority of the community, because 99.9% of trans people do NOT have Caitlyn’s level of privilege. They actually have to live in the world and deal with the repercussions of being their true selves, but Caitlyn’s just not interested, which makes me far less interested in anything she has to say. It doesn’t surprise me at all that even after all this, she still doesn’t support people’s right to marry whoever they want since IT LITERALLY DOESN’T AFFECT ANYONE ELSE. You don’t need to be trans or gay or any other minority to understand that, really, but it just goes to show how oblivious some people are.
Ellen also told Howard that doing American Idol was the worst decision of her life, heh, so the whole interview is worth listening to just for that!