Before today, the closest I would have pictured Caitlyn Jenner getting to the words “speaking in Parliament” might be an Instagram sponsored content ad for gimmicky teeth whitening gum from France called Parlez-Mints. But BuzzFeed says that Caitlyn will deliver a keynote diversity lecture to the UK Parliament on May 9th.
The event will be hosted by Channel 4, and will take place in the House of Commons. The event was started three years ago as an opportunity for “high-profile figures” to speak publicly on the topic of diversity in the entertainment industry. Last year, Channel 4 got Riz Ahmed. In 2016, they had Idris Elba. So this is kind of a legitimate gig. To which I say: Are they sure they booked the right Caitlyn Jenner?
Channel 4 confirmed that Caitlyn would be this year’s speaker, adding that her lecture on diversity will kick off a season of programming related to gender.
“The aim of the Channel 4 Diversity Lecture is to raise awareness and stimulate public debate about diversity issues. Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most high-profile transgender people in the world and her transition brought transgender issues into the mainstream, helping to stimulate debate and increase awareness.”
I’m going to need to hear from the trans community before I decide whether this is a stunt on Channel 4’s part. Was Laverne Cox’s phone accidentally off the hook when Channel 4 called?
Based on the type of reactions Caitlyn has gotten in the past, I’m going to guess there’s a lot of eyes rolling at this choice. Does Caitlyn Jenner know that much about diversity? Everyone in the Kardashian-Jenner house appears to be slowly morphing into rubber clones of each other.
That’s not fair – Caitlyn definitely has some experience with diversity in the entertainment industry. For example, one time she drove her Mercedes to the E! offices, and another time she took the Land Rover. Actually, it’s probably better that she not steer the conversation toward cars. She shouldn’t be steering anything.