“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway confirmed over the weekend that Caitlyn Jenner will appear on Season 3 of the critically acclaimed Amazon series, and the reaction from fans on social media has been less than positive.
To some viewers, the addition of Jenner is a step backward for a show that has been hailed as an important step for trans representation in mainstream media.
“Caitlyn Jenner is a republican and a harmful, disgusting problem to the LGBT community. How dare you feature her on Transparent,” one Twitter user wrote on Sunday.
Still, series creator Jill Soloway called the casting “a dream come true” in an interview with the Associated Press at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards, where her show took home the award for outstanding comedy series.
“We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her [E! docu-series], ‘I Am Cait,'” Soloway said. “Lots of crossover. Lots of friends.”
Following her coming out last year, Jenner has received some criticism from the transgender community, many members of which view her as a poor spokesperson and activist. In recent months, she has drawn fire for supporting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and for saying that a Donald Trump presidency “would be very good for women’s issues.”
“Caitlyn has eroded a lot of the enthusiasm that the LGBT community at large had for her as she was coming out,” LGBT activist Danielle Moodie-Mills told TheWrap last month. “I find it very disappointing that through ‘I Am Cait’ and her conversations with less advantaged trans people there hasn’t been a cultural shift in her understanding of the movement.”
Caitlyn Jenner is going to be in Transparent season 3.
— Charlie Warren (@MrWarrenTweets) April 4, 2016
The fuck? Transparent, you were already problematic enough, why you gotta bring Caitlyn Jenner into the mix? I'm done.
— one damn angry frog (@animalmysoul) April 4, 2016
Caitlyn Jenner joining Transparent will be the catalyst that sets in motion 100 years of dreadful events, each more severe than the last,
— Desperate Spousewife (@markieburnhope) April 3, 2016
— Dylan Stein (@citypuncture) April 3, 2016
@jillsoloway Caitlyn Jenner is a republican and a harmful, disgusting problem to the LGBT community. How dare you feature her on Transparent
— a matt (@amatt0915) April 3, 2016
— Cindy Perry (@CindyPerry6) April 3, 2016
Hillary Clinton on Broad City, Caitlyn Jenner on Transparent. What's next, Sarah Palin on House of Cards? pic.twitter.com/lueHNr4ZUq
— allisonsabbath (@allisonsabbath) April 4, 2016