WATCH: Caitlyn Jenner Called ‘An Insult to Trans People, Women’ by Protesters Following Chicago Event
Don’t mess with a former Olympian without expecting to be challenged.
Caitlyn Jenner was confronted by protesters on Thursday, Nov. 12 following a speaking engagement for the Chicago House, a social service agency for persons impacted by HIV/AIDS and other LGBT issues. A protestor with a loudspeaker yelled to Jenner, “You are an insult to trans people. You are an insult to women.” The reality star confronts the individual head-on while cameras for I Am Cait were reportedly rolling before being escorted out by police. A production source for the show tells Entertainment Tonight, “None of it was staged.”
“I thought [Caitlyn] handled the situation with poise,” a Chicago radio personality who witnessed the altercation told ET. “By confronting the protesters in the way she did, she emphasized the themes she talked about in her speech. To be respectful, be brave and stand up for what you believe in.”
A Facebook post from the protesting group that has since been deleted explains that their grievances with Jenner are resultant of her economic privilege, claiming that she has not provided enough financial support to the trans community.
“Who, you may ask, did they select to speak on the issues facing trans people and especially trans women in our city?” the group writes on Facebook. “Caitlyn Jenner, who lives in a mansion and has a net worth of millions of dollars, while the average trans person has a 41 percent chance of experiencing homelessness and a nearly 50 percent chance of living off less than $10k per year.”