The First Promo For Caitlyn Jenner’s Docuseries Is Here, So Here’s Hoping They Treat Her With Respect
ICYMI, the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner via Vanity Fair earlier this week. Since then, it's pretty much been a social media whirlwind: She racked up over one million followers on Twitter in less than four hours on (a record that was previously held by President Obama just a few weeks ago), there have already been jerks out there who refuse to acknowledge her transition (cough Drake Bell
who isn't even relevant anymore like honestly cough), and, most of all, there has been a huge outpouring of praise, love, and support. Caitlyn is here to stay, and she truly seems happier than ever.
There had been plenty of rumors that coincided with the confirmation that Caitlyn was indeed transitioning of a documentary series on E! Many, like myself, feared that it would be very Keeping Up With The Kardashians–esque, which is neither the tone nor the format for such an important topic. But, it looks like our fears were unjustified, because the first trailer for I Am Cait is here, and it looks like it's going to be incredible. Before I say anything else, just take a gander at it:
Well, there's literally nothing I can criticize. It was almost bittersweet to see how excited she was to leave her private property as Caitlyn, because as wonderful as she seemed to feel, it's clear that she hadn't felt so free in her entire life. Caitlyn seems so genuinely happy, and it's wonderful to see someone who's clearly suffered so long truly being herself at long last. I personally love that she call herself the “new normal,” because after 65 years of living another person's life, I can only imagine that that's the most adequate description of how she feels.
I do have one concern: As someone with transgender friends, I've seen how people can react, and treat them as though they're different people. I also know how difficult, albeit freeing, it is for most transgender people to step out into the world as they really are. My fear is that, rather than focus on the journey and how wonderful it is that Caitlyn made it out to the other side, E! will instead focus on the physical changes, or the superficial things about transgender people that the public seems to be fascinated. Basically, I fear that they won't treat her with the respect she deserves, because if we've seen one thing over the course of the past several years, it's that E! is not always respectful.
But those fears are unwarranted as of yet. Personally, I think the trailer is indicative of a great docuseries, and I can't wait to watch it. Congrats, Caitlyn! Welcome to the world.