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With Caitlyn Jenner’s New Show, a Reality Producer Tries to Tame the Antics

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner Teases Khloé Kardashian in Twitter Video Showing Her Impressive Shoe Closet: “Don’t Get Jealous!”.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star has documented her new life as a woman in a reality series called “I Am Cait,” and she makes a startling revelation during the first episode. Now, though, the transgender star says she’s glad she didn’t go down that road because it’s meant she’s had to accept and embrace herself as a trans person. ‘I’ve had to learn to love and accept all those things about me that make me distinctly trans: my broad shoulders, my big hands and feet, my deep voice,’ she tells Nylon magazine.

has had a pretty good week—and by “pretty good” we mean definitively amazing: On July 15, she wowed the audience at the 2015 ESPY Awards with her speech encouraging acceptance and respect for trans women and men (and stunned us in her ruched Atelier Versace dress). She says, “I’ve been in some dark places, I have been in my house with a gun and said, ‘Let’s just end it right there, no more pain, no more suffering,’ that struggle, it’s real and I’ve been there… I was an isolationist, I isolated myself from the world because I didn’t fit in, I was kind of stuck in the middle. The Orange Is The New Black actress is featured in the August Denim issue of Nylon and is seen in several poses wearing denim Daisy Dukes and a denim jacket. The show-stopping gown landed her a spot on Vogue’s best dressed list on July 20 (meanwhile, Cait opened up to fans in her blog about collaborating with Donatella Versace herself). A committed activist championing the cause of lesbian, gay and transgender people, she believes that judging transgender women by how feminine they look is a major issue.

That’s the thing that so many have been wringing their hands and patting their brows about as the media’s new LGBT superhero, Caitlyn Jenner, has been afforded more platforms and publicity during her very brave, very public transition. She also met actress and trans activist Laverne Cox at an I Am Cait screening (the E! docu-series premieres on July 26) and had a fun night out with friends at iconic West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey on July 18.

But she’s also made it clear that while some have the means to take surgical steps to become the woman they always dreamed they would be, others choose not to and some, like herself, are unable to because they lack the financial resources required. She is the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, the first transgender actor to earn an Emmy nomination and the first transgender celebrity to get her own waxwork figure at Madame Tussaud’s. ‘So many people on my social media pages say, ‘You’re gorgeous,’ and who doesn’t like hearing that? And it arrives with the attention of a nation of skeptics wondering whether a reality show on the channel the Kardashians built on guilty-pleasure vapidness would squander teaching moments in favor of empty-calorie entertainment. Are they saying I’m beautiful because they couldn’t tell I’m trans?’ Cox wonders. ‘I mean, you can find blogs where people are like, ‘Laverne Cox is drop-dead gorgeous,’ and there are other blogs saying I have ‘linebacker proportions,” she said.

After all, reality TV, despite its origins as a medium that forced audiences to confront culture and their own ignorance in order to inspire empathy and progress, has become, by and large, garbage. In order for Bruce Jenner to become Caitlyn, as she looks now, the former Olympian underwent several surgeries including a 10-hour facial feminization procedure. It involved a tracheal shave to remove the Adam’s apple, a brow lift to soften the features and the removal of some jaw bone to re-contour the facial features. Writing on her blog CaitlynJenner.com after accepting the Courage award at the ESPYS, the 65-year-old said: ‘While I felt like I looked great and that the gown looked fabulous, I still have a voice issue.’ ‘It’s not quite right compared to my feminine appearance. That’s important to me.’ During an appearance on The Late Late Show the next day, Cox said the visibility she and Caitlyn are giving the transgender community shows ‘diverse representations of trans people in the media are so important.’ While the actress is glad she underwent her transition struggles in private, she acknowledged that the decathlete gold medalist, because of the fame, had really no choice but to do it publicly. ‘I’m really interested in changing the ways in which we talk with and about transgender people, not only in personal conversation but also how we cover those stories in the media,’ Cox said. ‘There’s a cost for me emotionally when I speak up about things.

Moments after Jenner’s panic-stricken opening monologue about the pressure of her responsibility, the series premiere cuts to footage of her team cheering the victory of her Vanity Fair cover release. The entire premiere undulates between the lighthearted and the sometimes unbearably heavy (not in an off-putting way, but in a very real, imperative way). Her first words: “You didn’t tell me you were on Twitter!” The laughs are quickly escorted out by an ominous music cue. “You also have to realize that it’s not this way for everybody,” Jenner says, tempering the celebration.

To ensure awareness that Jenner’s transgender story is not universal, E! has brought on a trio of well-regarded transgender consultants to make sure that these crucial messages are conveyed in the right way. The centerpiece of the show’s premiere is Caitlyn’s debut in front of her sisters, Lisa and Pam, and her mother, Esther, an angel of a woman brimming with love and—perhaps as an unintentional public service—questions about her son’s transition.

Esther tells Caitlyn, “It’s going to be so difficult to call you ‘she,’ or think of you as Caitlyn.” But it’s her tear-soaked sentiment near the end of the episode that crystallizes the whole point of the show. And she ponders her daughter, Caitlyn. “I am more proud of him for the courage that he has shown,” she says, comparing Caitlyn’s present struggles to her athletic triumphs. “I loved him with all my heart and I certainly love her with all my heart.” There are many tears, and the premiere takes its time earning them.

And indicating what form the show might take going forward, Jenner visits Katharine Prescott, the mother of Kyler, a transgender teen who recently killed himself. So much of that sequence is illuminating, from the three cars Jenner must take to escape the paparazzi on her way to the Prescotts’ to the surprising revelation from Mrs. Prescott that her son was embraced by his parents and that his suicide came from bullying, his inner turmoil, and adults’ refusal to accept his transition.

The show ends with a title card featuring the number to the Trevor Project suicide hotline, and a plea for anyone having suicidal thoughts to reach out. A quick trailer for the remainder of the eight-episode season then plays, showing Jenner navigating how to live publicly as Caitlyn and discuss her transition with the press, while still being respectful to her family. It shows a woman realizing that she’s carrying the weight of a world, of a movement, on her shoulders, and the reality that she may actually have the power to change it for the better.

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