Caitlyn Jenner is under fire for comments she made on The Ellen Show earlier this week.
Caitlyn appeared on The Ellen Show. Cait and Ellen talked about gay marriage. Ellen explained that she (Ellen) hopes for basic human rights (including marriage) for the LGBTQ community.
Conservative republican Caitlyn seemed dismissive of the issues. Caitlyn seemed to distance herself from the rest of the community; hoping for rights/ acceptance for herself as a transwoman, but not for other people.
Here’s what Caitlyn told Ellen: “I’m a traditionalist. I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’ But, I think, like a lot of people on this issue, I have really changed my thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.’ That’s not my job, okay? If that word – ‘marriage’ – is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
In short, Caitlyn used to be strongly anti-marriage equality. And now she’s… less-strongly anti-marriage equality.
A few days later Ellen appeared on Howard Stern and called out Caitlyn’s privilege and hypocrisy.
Ellen told Howard: “[Caitlyn] still has a judgment about gay marriage. I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you, this is like really confusing to people. And you want us to understand, and that you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’ And she goes, ‘Well, she said if the word ‘marriage’ is that important … and I was like, ‘It is, because that’s the word.’ Like, we want the same thing.”