Transgender activist, Janet Mock, believes Caitlyn Jenner does not and should not speak for all trans people.
In an interview with Chelsea Handler, the talk show host brought up recent comments Jenner made after a shooting attack.
In the attack, a gunman shot and wounded Republican representatives at a charity baseball game. After the attack, Jenner said: ‘Liberals can’t even shoot straight.’
When asked if Mock felt a responsibility to defend Jenner’s comment, Mock clapped back.
She said: ‘I think my community has overwhelmingly said that we don’t want that.’
The audience raucously applauds.
Mock continued: ‘That’s the problem with being a single person with your very unique experience. For me, I find it really problematic that they say “trans activist” or “advocate Caitlyn Jenner”
‘No, it’s Caitlyn Jenner who’s a very specific person with a specific set of experiences that are very monied, very white, very privileged to be able to say this stuff.
‘She can say that on behalf of herself but I don’t think on behalf of the community,’ she said.
This is not the first time Janet Mock commented on Jenner’s influence.
In 2015, during speculation before Jenner publicly came out as trans, InTouch magazine made Jenner the magazine’s cover star. It showed a photoshopped version of Jenner wearing lipstick and blush.
Mock came to the defence of Jenner and said: ‘This cover is the latest in a long line of public speculation regarding the Olympian’s gender identity which has been under the media’s glare since 2009 when Family Guy made Jenner’s gender and genitals a punch line.
‘The Jenner gender speculation is a modern day freak show. It spreads the misconception that being trans is laughable.
‘By publishing this cover, InTouch weekly tells its 400,000 readers that it is acceptable to assume someone’s gender, scrutinize their body and publicly shame them in the process.
‘It is this destructive thinking that pushes trans people deeper into isolation,’ Mock said.