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'I am Cait' cancelled amid low ratings and LGBT disapproval

It’s the end for “I Am Cait.”

Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter Tuesday night to confirm that her very own E! reality series has been cancelled after two seasons on the air.

When she first came out to Diane Sawyer in April 2015, Caitlyn Jenner became the toast of LGBT Hollywood. Close to 17 million people tuned in to watch her ABC exclusive, seen as a turning point for the transgender community.

Robbi Anthony, INBA board member and team member at Firedove Technology, says that the sentiment quickly shifted to disappointment at the show’s lack of real-life scenarios that transgender individuals face every day. “Caitlin Jenner represents the antonym of 99.9999% of life for all transgender woman,” said Robbi. “Most transwomen don’t have the finances to afford all the necessary procedures to medically transition (costing approximately $150K out of pocket), whereas Caitlin Jenner was able to drop $4M (reportedly).”

The LGBT community had high hopes that Jenner’s public transition would finally shine a much-needed light on the “T” section of this community, often overshadowed by the  recent human rights victories revolving on sexual orientation, but leaving gender issues on the line.

“I don’t think Jenner is a bad person or has intentionally tried to misrepresent the trans* community,” Robbi explained, “but I think her role as presumptive spokesperson has been ultra frustrating for the trans community to watch considering how little she knows about the community she claims to represent.” 

According to E!’s Head of Programming Jeff Olde, Season 2 ratings dipped and saw a low of just 480,000 viewers, but the show was about far more than numbers for the network. “[H]aving viewers talk about trans issues and to have the most famous transgender person on the planet be the center point of a show for an entertainment network like E! is a hugely important thing,” he told the New York Times. “It’s culturally significant. We always love ratings but we do the show for many reasons.”

Viewers and advocates, however, including Robbi, would have preferred that Caitlyn quit while she was ahead.

“She brought the word transgender into the mainstream, but she should have stopped there.”

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