A couple of weeks ago, outrage unfolded on the internet as a Halloween costume of Caitlyn Jenner hit the cyber shelves of various dress-up websites, which caused widespread offence amongst the transgender community, who branded the guise ‘transphobic’. And rightly so.
However, Caitlyn Jenner has now broken her silence on the costumes, and what she has to say is actually so inspiring.
As part of a two-part interview on US morning talk show The Today Show, Caitlyn revealed that she is actually less hurt about the costumes than she was at the jokes targeted at her while she was still Bruce, was working towards her eventual transition.
Speaking of the costumes, she revealed: ‘I'm in on the joke. Yeah, no, I don't think it's offensive at all. I know the community does, and [the companies that sell them have] gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it's great, to be honest with you; I think it's great.’
Though, there is one thing surrounding the dress up clothes that she isn’t ok with, ‘They could have came up with a better outfit for it!’ Tell it like it is, Cait.
Many of the costumes have been inspired by her now iconic Vanity Fair cover, on which she wore a cream satin bustier. Speaking of the ensemble, she quipped: ‘I could have done my own costume! I mean, that was a serious bustier… at least get some good clothes.’ As anyone who’s ever worn a bustier on a night out will tell you, you ALWAYS end up regretting it. Caitlyn knows.
After the costumes went public, 16,000 people swiftly signed a petition asking for them to be removed from sale. The argument? It was thought that the costume would have a negative effect and ‘reduce trans people to stereotypes’.
Spirit Halloween, one of the many retailers stocking the costume, weighed in on the debate, saying: ‘At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated.’
Caitlyn Jenner finished her interview with some very wise words, which totally sum up her views on the matter. In a matter of fact manner she said, ‘You've got to enjoy life. Life's too short. I can't get too upset about that type of stuff.’
We couldn’t agree more…