Caitlyn Jenner Isn’t At All Offended By Her Vanity Fair-Inspired Halloween Costume

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner Laughs Off Halloween Costumes: “I Think It’s Great!”.

Until this week, Caitlyn Jenner had enjoyed a relatively warm reception by the transgender and larger LGBTQ community. Transgender retired athlete Caitlyn Jenner has opened up about her involvement in a fatal car crash in California earlier this year, confessing she remembers “very little” about the accident, but insisting she was not speeding.The Olympian and reality TV star talked about her transition and the fatal PCH car crash she was involved in during a round of golf with Matt Lauer that aired on Wednesday’s ‘Today.’ Social media may have been outraged over retailers selling a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume, embedded below, but the transgender icon isn’t bothered by it. “I don’t think it’s offensive at all. While many queer viewers raised an eyebrow at her affiliation with the Republican Party—a commitment she readily shared with Diane Sawyer back in April—and a chorus of trans advocates rightly cautioned that Jenner’s privileged position as a wealthy celebrity made her a poor representative of the larger trans experience, most of the community welcomed having such a high-profile and potentially influential figure join the fold. The former Olympian-turned-reality TV star, who went by the name of Bruce Jenner at the time of the accident, was driving an SUV along the Pacific Coast Highway in February when the vehicle slammed into the back of another car, causing a pile-up which nudged fellow driver Kim Howe’s car into oncoming traffic, resulting in her death.

Jenner said she was driving under the 80km speed limit (police have backed up her claim), but remembers little of the crash. “I remember it happening. That welcome is wearing thin this week in the wake of comments that demonstrate just how sharply Jenner’s politics differ from those of the LGBTQ mainstream. I think it’s great.” Jenner paused to laugh. “To be honest with you, I think it’s great, except they could have a better-looking outfit for ’em, you know? … We could have done my own costume.

Officials completed their investigation into the incident last month and in their report, they suggest Kim Kardashian’s stepfather “set off a chain of events” that led to Howe’s death by driving at a speed deemed unsafe for road conditions. Jenner told presenter Matt Lauer she could not discuss the incident fully due to ongoing litigation, but admitted the “worst case scenario” would see her sent to a male county jail. “It’s an enormous problem that they would put trans-women in men’s county jail,” she told the programme. “But those are things we’re looking into.” Prosecutors are currently deciding whether or not to charge Jenner in connection with the fatal accident, though legal experts doubt she would be sent to jail if she were found guilty, the LA Times reports. Authorities claim Jenner should have been “barely rolling” as the traffic came to a near standstill, and ruled the 65 year old’s actions violated the vehicular manslaughter law. The confusion continued on Wednesday in a golf game/interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer, in which Jenner argued that, contrary to the protestations of practically everyone, a Halloween costume meant to resemble her Vanity Fair cover photo was not offensive. “I’m in on the joke.

The former athlete was later reportedly facing further legal action by the driver of a second vehicle involved in the crash for injuries sustained and loss of wages, which Jenner reportedly sought to have rejected by the court. Instead, she said that she was initially against it but that she doesn’t “ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.” “That’s not my job,” Jenner continued. “If that word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.” When DeGeneres asserted that Jenner was still “kind of a little not-on-board,” Jenner clarified: “No, I’m on board. When questioned about criticisms of her privilege relative to most trans folks, Jenner took on a defensive tone: “I’ve worked very hard in my life, I have no excuses about my life and what I’ve done with my life. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can… “I was under the speed limit, I was going 46 (miles per hour) in a 50 (mile per hour zone) – my air bag didn’t even go off.

She’s been very careful to articulate the differences between how she feels personally versus the “official” party line of organizations such as GLAAD, usually referring to such groups as “the community.” The sharpest departure between Jenner and others may be over the issue of pronouns. I almost got stopped (sic), but couldn’t quite get it (her vehicle) stopped… I don’t think speed was (a factor)…” If prosecutors decide to proceed with charges against Jenner, she could face up to a year behind bars – and the veteran has already instructed her lawyers to ensure she is not placed in a men’s facility.

I can’t get too upset about that kind of stuff.” That said, Jenner admitted there’s a “fine line” when it came to cracking jokes about her and the fact that before she went public with her transition, she was hurt by some of the late-night humor at her expense. “Back in the old days when all of the rumors were out and the media was destroying me, it was extraordinarily hurtful to me, to my family, for them, the late-night guys in particular … to make disparaging jokes,” she said. “I’m the easiest on people,” she said. “Now the community, GLAAD, all the people in the community are like, ‘Oh my God, you have to get the pronouns right. OK?” To be fair, Jenner does add that she’s “devastated to see people dying over this issue.” But then calling it an “issue” for other “people” seems weirdly impersonal for a person who’s just transitioned herself. When Buzz Bissinger was following her for the story, he reported that her transition was so new that sometimes she would still absentmindedly refer to herself by saying, “Hi, Bruce here.” Because transitioning is such a personal and individual process, everyone is different. I mean, I understand that it’s difficult for people to understand this.” While it’s true that a certain strain of queer activism can occasionally become overzealous on issues of language and what counts as offensive, Jenner’s point here is not a focused critique of that sort of thing. Apparently, Jenner does not identify with the poltics of “the community,” and she wants to ensure that outsiders like Lauer know that she’s one of the good ones who won’t correct your pronoun mistake or call out your tacky Halloween costume.

Her own family still refers to her as Bruce, and she continued to observe Father’s Day this year, celebrating by going off-roading with her children. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their lives,” Jenner said. “Everybody wonders what’s it like to come from the other side, you know, their thinking, the way they act. I mean at least get some good clothes.” Jenner also addressed the controversy around her receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs, a decision which caused a significant amount of backlash. This is the line where the personal becomes political on some level: Jenner is a public figure and currently the most recognizable trans person in the world. How you feel about this shift in tone will obviously depend on your own politics, and it’s always good to remind ourselves that queer folks are a diverse group ideologically, even if certain of those ideological positions seem completely contrary to queer self-interest.

I have a feeling, though, that many queer people will respond as gay writer and performer Justin Sayre did upon hearing the news of Jenner’s marriage equality musings. Still, Jenner has been exposed to the machinations of the media circus that is the Kardashian family long enough to know to be precise with her words, so this was a shrewd move on her part. It smacks of a strategy in which the modus operandi is saying something that will be construed as controversial and then cleaning up the resulting mess with a statement later if necessary.

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