Caitlyn Jenner’s 7 Best Parenting Moments on Keeping Up With the Kardashians

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I Am Cait’ engenders genuine illumination and thought.

While everybody keeps talking about our current cultural moment as a TV “Golden Age,” the more significant story is how television – more than any other medium – is reflecting society, in all its diversity. And on Thursday, the 65-year-old commemorated her new identity with a transgender religious naming ceremony, something which is becoming increasingly more popular within the trans community.

The only thing romantic about photographing the Olympian, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, 65, was her attire at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s opening day last Sunday.In one of my more twisted yet comforting interpretations of the universe, President Nixon flagrantly violated our Constitution so Gerald Ford could become president, bringing with him his amazing wife, Betty, who, by going public with her breast cancer and alcoholism, helped save millions of lives and irrevocably improved the world.

We’ve already seen strides in series that include the experiences of Asian and African American families (ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “Black-ish”) and racial divides (“American Crime.”) And television has been in the forefront of telling stories about the lives of gays and lesbians with such series as “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and Ellen DeGeneres’ ’90s sitcom, “Ellen,” and her hit syndicated talk show. The Olympian, who was seen giving a speech to the crowd while surrounded by flowers, wore a short white dress with cut-out sections on the arms, and the guests were asked to wear white too.

The reality star wore a gold “Caitlyn” necklace, a red-and-white silk wrap dress, a wide brim, floppy straw hat accented with white tulle, an oversized black purse, dangling three-tier pearl earrings and white T-strap pumps that sank sporadically in the dirt. Similarly, I now believe the reason “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “The Real Housewives,” “19 Kids and Counting” and all the other reality programs that celebrate voyeurism, sanctimony, schadenfreude and general pettiness existed to create a platform for E!’s “I Am Cait.” Just as Lifetime’s deep, dark reality satire “UnReal” seemed set to rule the summer, “I Am Cait,” which premieres on E! channel Sunday, arrives to transcend its own genre in another way: genuine illumination.

While they were not previously known to be friends, the Culture Club frontman voiced his support for Caitlyn after she revealed she was transitioning into a woman. ‘I absolutely applaud what he’s doing and I think it’s very brave. Aggressively, unapologetic, they raised their clipboards to block anyone from recording as they filmed her E! docu-series “I Am Cait,” debuting Sunday, July 26. “This is an exclusive!

The series opens with an episode so nuanced and thoughtful, so quietly moving and genuine, it’s almost impossible to believe it is made by many of the same people who helped build a family empire off the infamy of a young woman’s sex tape. Caitlyn Jenner has already been the subject of publicity and curiosity, first for an ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired in April, and marked the last TV appearance of Bruce Jenner. As if in answer to the high-glam, meticulously groomed imagery of a recent Vanity Fair cover story, she enters tousled and pale, blinking into the relentless light of early morning after a night made sleepless by the pressure of what she is about to do.

I wanted people not to care about whether you were gay, straight, black, white, transgender, whatever it may be.’ That same day, Caitlyn’s ex-wife Kris Jenner threw a surprise high school graduation party for their youngest daughter Kylie, which all of the Kardashians were at. Another streaming series, “Transparent,” on Amazon, has been a critical hit for its exploration of how a septugenarian Los Angeles father (Jeffrey Tambor) finally makes the choice to live as a woman. She can’t speak for them, she quickly adds, determined to get it right, “but I am an expert on my own life.” Giddiness and deep determination can sometimes get in each other’s way — the premiere ends with Jenner visiting the parents of a transgender teen who has committed suicide, an event that, given the celebratory nature of the previous minutes, might have been reserved for another episode. The comedy-with-drama recently earned several 2015 Emmy nominations, including a nod for Tambor as lead actor in a comedy, and outstanding comedy series. An article by GLAAD cites a couple of examples of ceremonies that have taken place, where guests give thanks as the adoption of the new name is celebrated, along with the ‘fluidity of identity and self-expression’.

Jenner, like other openly transgenders before her, will help further acceptance and reshape the boundaries of what’s viewed as “normal.” The production reminded me of how photographer Ansel Adams intentionally destroyed his negatives after printing a numbered few. After floundering personally and professionally, after being pursued by rumor and paparazzi, Jenner wants to prove that a person can take control of her own life under the most potentially fraught circumstances.

Jennings has already built a following for her YouTube videos and appearances on such shows as “20/20,” where she and her family talk about her experiences as a transgender female. Maybe it was an indication that the public’s interest in the celebrity, who shattered the Guinness’ world record for fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter (4 hours and 3 minutes.), is cooling. The therapist’s only real contribution is that, at one point, she fumbles her pronouns, using “he” instead of “she,” to which Jenner replies “that’s quite all right,” making everyone feel a bit better — see? Perhaps, years from now when the circus has left town, Caitlyn can stroll solo through the streets, free from a clipboard-carrying entourage and receive acknowledgment. A surprise visit by Jenner’s daughter, Kylie, and a less-surprising drop-in by step-daughter Kim with husband Kanye West, will no doubt be the most talked about of scenes.

She sweeps in to inspect Jenner’s new clothes — Kim has been “secretly dying” over earlier fashion choices — and, oh, the hilarity when it is discovered that Jenner and her ex-wife, Kris, have the same Tom Ford dress. And that, really, is the point of the series: explaining what transgender means, comforting those in need, reassuring those who fear it and gently confronting those who despise it.

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