Caitlyn Jenner: Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2015

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner apologises for saying trans women shouldn’t look like men in dresses.

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out may have pushed trans issues onto the international agenda – but that doesn’t mean she’s necessarily the best LGBTI role model.The year’s most masterful rollout — of Olympic champion Bruce Jenner coming out as Caitlyn (spearheaded by Rogers & Cowan’s Alan Nierob) — hit its apex with Diane Sawyer’s April 20/20 interview, which drew more than 20 million viewers.NEW YORK—Diane Sawyer’s interview with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, when the former Olympian announced, “I am a woman,” is among the 16 winners of the 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honouring work in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism. Jenner annoyed plenty of women last month when, after being named Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year, she said the hardest part about being a woman was “figuring out what to wear”.

VICE News won for its online video that tracked a Russian soldier through his own social media posts crossing into Ukraine during the civil conflict there. The Sawyer interview was credited with spotlighting one of the year’s most-discussed topics in a “substantive, sensitive” way before Jenner began publicly identifying as Caitlyn Jenner. The other winners are WBAL-TV and Jayne Miller; Al Jazeera America & Kartemquin Film; CBS News 60 Minutes; Cronkite News/Arizona PBS; HBO documentary and HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; KMOV-TV and Craig Cheatham; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; WETA, Art Media, Florentine Films & Laura Ziskin Pictures; and WRAL-TV. Many trans people have rightly pointed out to Jenner that it is much harder for trans people to look the way they want when they don’t have the ridiculous amount of money she has to pay for her clothes, hair, surgery, etc.

A special finalist citation was awarded to KCBS Radio for its expose on a San Francisco cathedral that installed an illegal watering system that soaked homeless people at night to keep them from sleeping on their doorsteps. In addition to 20/20, Caitlyn posed for an Annie Liebovitz-photographed cover of Vanity Fair, published in June and emblazoned with the title “Call Me Caitlyn,” marking the first revelation of her new name. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way,” she wrote. “Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don’t want to conform to society’s expectations. All of these people are my brothers and my sisters, and I am fighting alongside them, too.” Following the apology, trans writer Brynn Tannehill penned an open letter to Jenner, published on Huffington Post, advising her to “take a sabbatical to go experience the things necessary to understand the community” before she acts as a spokesperson. “You won’t be able to understand where most queer people are coming from until you understand our absolute dread of conservative, republican politicians…

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