Caitlyn Jenner Responds Coolly To Ricky Gervais’ Nonsense, Believes She Can Change The GOP
Caitlyn Jenner responded yesterday to Ricky Gervais’ gross, sexist, transphobic Golden Globes jokes, in which he deadnamed Jenner and was generally unfunny about women – and to his non-apology in which he (somehow!) found it in himself to compare Jenner to alleged repeated rapist Bill Cosby.
At the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, a reporter asked her to respond to Gervais’ comments. She suggested that maybe the Golden Globes should find a new host: “On Ricky, I think what I’m going to do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year, and we’ll solve that problem.” She might be in luck – NBC’s entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt said that it seemed like “Ricky made a decision about returning, but we haven’t.”
At the TCA tour, Jenner also told reporters that she still supported the Republican party, even though “the Republicans haven’t been very good on [gender issues].” In the trailer for the second season of her series, I Am Cait, she makes a case for the Republican party to her transgender friends – that Democrats hadn’t always been great on LGBT issues, either (recall that Bill Clinton signed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell into existence and most Democrats didn’t publicly support gay rights until very recently), but that they’d changed their minds.
Jenner told reporters at the TCA tour that she wanted to be the Republican who could change other Republicans’ minds. “Isn’t it good that they have an ally, somebody on the team that can go in there and maybe change their minds? That’s a good thing. That’s kind of the way I look at it.”
Several Republican candidates said that they would welcome her endorsement, and the Log Cabin Republicans have invited her to speak with Republican leaders. And maybe she’s right – the trans community needs a node in the GOP system who can start to change things. Godspeed, Cait!