Janet Mock Says She Has No Plans To Defend Caitlyn Jenner

The best-selling author and acclaimed journalist breaks down why the trans community is not standing behind Caitlyn. Caitlyn Jenner is not a spokeswoman for transgender people, Janet Mock made clear in an interview on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, Chelsea.

In the interview, Handler asked Mock about Jenner’s unfortunate joke about the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and others last week at a baseball practice by a man who supported Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential election. “Liberals can’t even shoot straight,” Jenner told a meeting of the College Republican National Committee last Friday.

“Do you feel a responsibility to defend her … or that she’s representing your community in a bad way?” Handler asked Mock.

“I think my community has overwhelmingly said that we don’t want that,” Mock said of Jenner’s representation, to much applause. She added that it’s problematic when media outlets describe Jenner as a transgender activist or advocate.

“It’s Caitlyn Jenner, who’s a very specific person, with a specific set of experiences that are very moneyed, very white, and very privileged. … She can say that on behalf of herself, but I don’t think on behalf of the community,” Mock explained.

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