10 Things We Learned From the ‘I Am Cait’ Premiere
From the first moments of I Am Cait, E!’s new, hotly anticipated reality series documenting the life and times of former Olympiad Caitlyn Jenner, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be another drama-filled sequel to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The premiere episode opens with Jenner awake in her bedroom at 4:30 a.m., anxiously talking into a camera about the responsibility she feels as one of the world’s most famous transgender women. “I just hope I get it right,” she says tearfully.
This new series is just one of several ways that Jenner has used her visibility since her transition to call attention to the many issues faced by transgender men and women. In her speech accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards earlier this year, she explained that “with attention comes responsibility,” and that her position means she must “tell my story the right way, to keep learning, to…reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed, how trans people are treated.” (Recall that Jenner also gave motivational speeches after winning the Olympic gold medal in 1976 — her desire to use her platform for good is nothing new.) I Am Cait is meant to be one part of that plan, and it mostly succeeds, treating trans issues sensitively and calling on experts and other trans activists to share their knowledge. The emotional impact of the show is less from gawking at the antics of a reality star and more from learning, for example, how high the suicide and murder rate is for the trans community.
But you can’t have a reality show starring a member of the extended Kardashian-Jenner clan without some funny moments. Here are 10 of the most illuminating takeaways from I Am Cait’s premiere episode.
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