Since she announced her run for California governor, Caitlyn Jenner has attacked other transgender people. First she joined the Republican Party’s movement to ban trans athletes from school sports. Recently she shared a hateful meme posted by Donald Trump Jr. that alleged Jenner’s superiority to Dr. Rachel Levine, who is the first trans person to be confirmed to a federal position by the Senate. And Alexandra Billings, a veteran actress and star of Transparent and The Conners, had a perfect response.
The transphobic and misogynistic meme Trump Jr. shared, which Jenner added to her social media story, compared conservative “girls” to liberal “girls.” The meme pits Jenner against Levine, who was Pennsylvania’s secretary of health before President Joe Biden appointed her to the post of the assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
In his post, Trump Jr. wrote, “It seems to hold true no matter what!!!! Conservative girls are just better looking…”
In a social media post in the form of a letter to Jenner, Billings wrote, “Reposting Donald Trump Jr’s pic says volumes about both your self-hatred and your blatant transphobia. I know this rage. I lived with it for years and it is still a cacophony of voices that haunt me.”
“But I am not running for a public office and I am not a self-proclaimed ‘role model,’ Billings continued.
She went on to call Jenner out for her extreme privilege and inability to relate to the reality for a lot of trans folks.
“You’re in a spiral of spiritual chaos and your search for admiration and public approval is just as transparent as your egocentric, pseudo-Republican, rich, white, privileged lifestyle you flaunt, pretending to be some sort of everyday citizen caring about everyday events,” Billings said.
“With your private airplane hangar full of lies and your million dollar shoes, you have as much in common with us, as we do with you. It isn’t your Transness people are bothered by, it’s your behavior as a human, Caitlyn. Your profound need to be liked is sadly backfiring.”
Billings then attempted to appeal to any shred of humanity remaining in Jenner and to persuade her to consider trans youth (who are growing up at a time when the Republican Party is scapegoating trans people).
“If there’s a small piece of you that remembers what human frailty feels like, I appeal to that. Think of others. Think of the Trans youth who believe you to be some sort of superhuman,” Billings wrote.
She continued by imploring Jenner to “free” herself for the greater good.
“I cannot tell you those terrible voices will ever go away, they haven’t for me, but every day that I am able to navigate that ache of self-harm born of my own denial of my divine light, I am just a little bit freer,” Billings said.
“Free yourself, Caitlyn. By doing that, you may set the greatest example of your life. And that might turn out to be the most beautiful way you can serve both our State and our community.”
Earlier this month, Jenner, a former Olympian turned reality TV personality, spoke about the debate over trans athletes that has resulted in legislation to ban trans kids from sports.
“I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner said, according to NBC News.