E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) Sunday, 8pm
When people around the world first found out about the Olympic gold medallist’s public transformation from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner, they were either shocked or didn’t particularly care.
For those who were shocked or intrigued, I Am Cait is an eye-opening show into the realities of being transgender and the challenges facing the transgender community.
The story of how the father of the first family of reality TV and former Olympic athlete – who won a decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal – is transitioning from a man to a woman is a powerful one.
I Am Cait is honest on many levels. It exposes the vulnerabilities experienced by Jenner and others in the trans community.
But as a Keeping Up with the Kardashians by-product, the first episode could not end without a touch of Kardashian shallowness.
The show’s authenticity levels dropped with Kim Kardashian’s attempt at a message of support: “All eyes on you now. You can’t disappoint.” But the crux of the matter was restored by showing how Jenner’s inner conflicts about her transformation took shape.
The first episode shows how she worries about her sense of responsibility to the trans community, fretting about “getting it right”. “People are dying over this issue,” she reminds us while presenting the shocking suicide statistics in the trans community.
I Am Cait could very well change lives and provide hope for many young people going through the same journey.
The most difficult part for the show’s success will be to ensure a balance between education and entertainment.
I am glad there’s finally a platform for addressing and educating people throughout the globe about the transgender community. – Thembisile Dzonzi
SELF-DISCOVERY Caitlyn Jenner shares her personal journey in an honest and engaging manner