‘I Am Cait’ Left Me Entertained Yet Unsatisfied

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Okay, first off, I think Caitlyn Jenner is an important transgender figure. She has the distinction of being the highest-profile person to ever reveal her true self. It all has a great ring to it, but somehow, her “journey” documented on ‘I Am Cait’ fell short and I don’t think it was totally her fault.

Here’s what should have happened. Jenner does the interview with Diane Sawyer and then, she should have gracefully stepped away from the spotlight. However in Hollywood at the E! network, where Jenner already has a built-in relationship, it just wasn’t going to happen. The idea to forge ahead with an eight-part “docu-series” was already set into motion most definitely before the big interview. Supposedly, other known transgender women, such as Candis Cayne, Jenny Finney Boylan, Chandi (love her!), etc. were “cast” to be Jenner’s gal pals. Now, I won’t deny that one or maybe all of these women were willing to reach out to Caitlyn off-camera, but E! wouldn’t have it that way. I hate to think they all saw dollar signs instead of their integrity to the community. This is why there should have been a some time away for everyone involved instead of riding rough shot into production.

My biggest problem with ‘I Am Cait’ was that all of the situations were treated as these rushed/forced benchmarks that had to be checked off and edited into a one-hour episode every week. For example, in the very first episode, Jenner goes to speak to the family of a transgender boy who committed suicide, which is still an unfortunate route those who seek acceptance and then they are rejected take. I’m not sure that should have been a first episode venture. If I were producing, which is such a loose term in reality TV, I would have maybe tackled that subject say, in the back half of episodes, maybe even in the last one. And it wouldn’t be an E! show without Kardashians popping in and out. Did they have the right to be a little miffed about Jenner’s Vanity Fair article? of course. I generally don’t hold the girls or their mother (we’ll get to her later) in high regard, but they did their segments on the show, and they were good/fair, no harm no foul considering what network they aired it on.

Now if you watched Jenner’s interview with Sawyer, she said she was Republican, which then we saw an episode where she was invited to the Abbey, the biggest gay bar in West Hollywood, for a night out with Candis and men were gyrating and such. She was uncomfortable, probably not completely on the basis of her traditional thinking, but because it was televised. Oh, don’t get me started on “The Dating Game” episode. Geez! You’re telling me in the time frame this was all filmed the producers actually expected Caitlyn to go full-on into the dating world? Please. What was even more unnerving in the episode is where Jenner was speaking with Boylan and said something to the effect of she wanted to be respected by a man to feel more like a woman. I shake my head. I think Jenner pulling back yet willing to discuss the subject would have been better served if the she had taken a year off, especially when Ellen grilled her on gay marriage. Will her views change in a year? Maybe, maybe not. I have reservations on whether or not Jenner should be a transgender spokesperson; again, take more than few months and a reality show crash course to educate yourself.

Finally, Jenner’s “big confrontation” with her ex Kris was okay. I think the issues discussed were pretty serious, but there they were, all for the world to see. And that’s what Kris wanted,  I don’t think her reasons for agreeing to meet Caitlyn on-camera were anything but cordial, yet I sensed she wanted to take a tiny bit of the spotlight away. I’ve found the Kardashian camp’s reaction to Caitlyn very interesting. They’ve been supportive, considering the speedy timeline this has all taken to unfold. I hope they continue to play nice. I truly loved the show, because it was entertaining and it was interesting to see Jenner exploring her new self. I just wish the more serious content could’ve been extended and not edited.

Here’s is Jenner’s latest blog post about the show and her experiences so far; it’s a good read, “What I’ve Learned”.  I’m eager to see what the year left and the years ahead bring.

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The False Martyr

Courier-Journal

Courier-Journal

For two-plus months, same-sex and straight couples in Rowan County, Kentucky have been unable to obtain marriage licenses. County Clerk Kim Davis, an elected public official, has chosen her almighty God’s authority as a reason to not issue the licenses. What has ensued has been one ridiculous and extremely intolerant ride for those couples who, according to the Supreme Court, have the right to get legally married.

Now being a Kentucky resident myself, I knew this decision would be met with road blocks. The main road block being religion. All of this could’ve been very simple, if a certain Country Clerk, well, there’s 3 total who still won’t issue licenses, would just step down and resign, no harm done. Kim Davis has become the face (ugh!) of the Kentucky clerks who would rather be jailed or be fined than step down. If she’s trying to achieve martyrdom, she’s going to be very disappointed in a couple of days. I mean, the video from this morning seals the contempt of court charges against her.

“God’s authority”, not smart Kim, not smart girl. What’s even more hilarious are these excerpts from her statement after the filmed confrontation

“Some people say I should resign, but I have done my job well.” Um, no you haven’t. You’ve broken the law for the past two months. Nice try at throwing “we have a surplus” in there, no one cares about that.

“In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.” When did public office become a church? And if her “godly mother-in-law” had the dying wish to spread bigotry and intolerance, mission accomplished!

“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.” Wrong, it violates the law a hell of lot more. But hey, who would give up their conscience for $80,000/year? Not Kim.

“I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected.” What Founders is she talking about? I don’t think it’s the Founding Fathers.

Here’s what’s really sad, even though she and her deputy clerks have been ordered to appear in court later this week, Davis and her religious liberty lawyers will try to come up with an excuse to delay it. However, since she actually crawled out from under her rock, I mean her desk and made clear her views in the video above, maybe she will hike her skirt up and finally face the music.

On a personal note, I used to work with a Penecostal woman who struggled constantly with her sexuality. At the time, I still wasn’t sure about coming out myself. We were totally different, but the same. Whatever her opinion on the Rowan Co. situation is, I hope she is happy.