At first I thought it was just another alter ego, like Dame Edna, RuPaul and Mrs. Doubtfire, but it slowly dawned on me; it’s a completely new ego. Bruce Jenner is dead, long live Caitlyn – Cait, if you prefer.
E! premiered the new reality show I Am Cait, which would presumably closely follow the whole transformation process from man to woman. However, the first episode ‘Meeting Cait’ just spends a few days with Caitlyn; no Bruce in sight – except for a framed photograph of a time that is no more. The episode opens with a clock. It’s 4:32.
‘It’s like 4:32 in the morning. And I can’t sleep’, Caitlyn says. She’s still in bed, no makeup, and has turned on the camera, because, well, what else are you going to do at such an early hour?
Later on, Caitlyn says a huge burden has fallen off her shoulders. She can finally be who she is. But at 4:32 AM, it feels like she’s carrying the whole ‘trans’-thing by herself. With great revelation comes great responsibility – or something.
‘I hope I get it right’, she says, and ‘I hope to make a difference in the world’.
Obviously, she’s got the whole beauty pageant speech down already, so that’s reassuring.
This show is all about Caitlyn. The amount of Kardashian is kept to an absolute minimum. Kim and Kanye drop by, 30 minutes in. She’s quickly going through Caitlyn’s clothes, Kanye throws in a ‘fuck’, shows off his new ‘sock shoes’, and they’re off again.
O, and Kim’s pregnant. But we all knew that, didn’t we? I don’t know, I don’t really keep up with them on a regular basis, to be honest.
The story of the week was Caitlyn meeting her mother for the first time. Yes, for the first time. Her two sisters also came along. They were all amazed at how beautiful Caitlyn looked, but there’s no reality without drama. It was all a bit much to take in for Mother Jenner. Understandable, given she’s called her Bruce her entire life – named her Bruce, so many years ago – and now she’s asked to switch. Apparently, because of all the good news and people reacting to the transformation in such a sweet way, the only opportunity for the crew to squeeze out a little drop of drama was Mother Jenner finding it hard to call her son a different name.
Caitlyn did try to give Mother Jenner the right example; she’s constantly speaking in the third person. Caitlyn hasn’t referred to herself as ‘me’ once, it’s all Caitlyn this, Caitlyn that. Maybe she just has to get used to the name as well (so just give your mother some time, Caity girl).
Mother Jenner brings up another thing: the Bible. Specifically Deuteronomy 22:5: ‘The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the lord thy god.’
Caitlyn doesn’t seem too worried about looking like an abomination.
Caitlyn’s gotten a lot of support from the showbiz world, which has made her coming out a whole lot easier. She mentions Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus… If you want to be taken seriously, you’d better leave the names of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus out of it, I’d reckon. Thankfully, she also mentions Elton John.
‘Meeting Cait’ presents Caitlyn in a bundle of positivity. She even manages to fool the paparazzi, who are looking for that $250,000 picture. So that’s probably what this newest ‘reality check’ is going to offer: positivism and more positivism. Usually, if you’ve seen one episode of these types of shows, you’ve seen them all. Let’s see how many hours of drama free television the average E! viewer is willing to take.