The Caitlyn Jenner Connundrum
July 16th, 2015

Galley Friend X emails a smart-aleck observation and a serious question:

So here’s maybe my favorite random example of ridiculousness around the whole Jenner thing. A week ago I clicked a click-bait article on “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Airplane!” Check out item #6:

6. David Letterman, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Caitlyn Jenner auditioned for the role of Ted Striker

Some of comedy’s biggest players auditioned for the lead of Ted Striker, which was eventually nabbed by Robert Hays. It’s tough to picture Letterman, Murray, or, before her transition, Caitlyn Jenner taking over the pilot’s seat, but we have that nagging feeling Chase would have totally owned the role. No offense to Hays, of course.

So Caitlyn Jenner auditioned for the Ted Striker role? Let me get this straight: the director of Airplane! originally opened that role to both men and women? That wouldn’t make any sense, since one of the major plot lines was Striker’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend. Or are they saying that Striker’s character would had been a lesbian?
Which then leads Mr. X to his serious question:
All of which makes me wonder the following: “Caitlyn” Jenner says that she is attracted to women and has never been with a man.
Does that mean that all of Caitlyn’s ex-girlfriends were in a same-sex relationship with Caitlyn? Are they automatically bisexual?
Or does this mean that it’s now possible for one member of a couple to be in a same-sex relationship while the other is in an “opposite-sex” relationship?
Just curious.
We know the real answer, obvs. But I’d be curious to know what the SJW/Identity Politics line is.

  1. Gabriel July 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    This kind of retconning makes me understand what it must have been like to be an adoptionist as Christological orthodoxy developed.