Caitlyn Jenner may seem pretty progressive on the outside, especially given that she’s transgender. Having to face such a difficult journey would, you’d think, make her more empathetic towards the struggles of others. Not so, unfortunately, and Cait’s life in the Kardashian bubble is apparently a big issue to her trans friends, who feel Cait is too conservative and removed from the real world.
Take, for instance, her stance on poor people. You see, she thinks they’re all too dependent on the welfare state and they’re living it up with all that free government cheese, giving them no inspiration to get off their lazy asses. This came up in a preview for the new episode of I Am Cait. Here’s People‘s write-up:
Jenner, 65, who is using her recognition to help the trans community, is shown discussing some of the challenges trans people face.
“What’s the big issue,” Jenner asks her new girlfriends as they take a road trip.
“They’re homeless and unemployed, so it’s just going to take a lot more,” says one.
Another woman suggests focusing on entry-level jobs “so that these girls have some alternative if they wanted,” comments another.
And that’s when Jenner’s conservative views lead to some raised eyebrows.
“Don’t a lot of times they can make more not working with social programs than they actually can with an entry-level job,” she says. “You don’t want people to get totally dependent on it. That’s when they get in trouble – ‘Why should I work? I got a few bucks, I got my room paid for.’ ”
Another woman says to camera that she’s worried that Jenner’s life “in the bubble” is an impediment to understanding other people’s problems.
“Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she says. “If Cait’s going to be a spokesperson for the community. This is something she’s going to have to understand.”
To be honest, is anyone surprised? Caitlyn is rich AND famous, which has made her journey a LOT easier than most trans people have had. That’s not her fault, by any means, and is nothing to criticize her for, but it’s also her job as a privileged person and self-appointed spokeswoman for the community to educate herself and eradicate the ignorance in her own life. Most trans people don’t have millions of dollars and access to the best doctors/facilities/programs/etc, and lacking that access doesn’t make poor people lazy. Also, government money hardly allows you to live it up. Ugh, Caitlyn, come on…
Also, I just wanted an excuse to use this horrifying gif, so let’s pretend this is Kylie’s reaction: