California Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner was criticized by celebrities this week, when a clip of her talking about homelessness with Sean Hannity on Fox News went viral.
Caitlyn, 71, lamented that her wealthy friends were fleeing California because of homelessness in her first interview since announcing her run, which took place in the privileged setting of her plane hangar in Malibu.
The irony has not been lost on stars such as Patricia Arquette, Bradley Whitford and even transgender actress Jen Richards who appeared alongside Jenner on her E! reality show I Am Cait.
Deaf: Caitlyn Jenner was criticized by Patricia Arquette, Bradley Whitford and others for discussing roaming from her plane hangar in Malibu, on Fox News on Wednesday
“She can publish her 20 point plan for the homeless. Anytime now… ”, Oscar winner Arquette tweeted in response to the viral clip.
Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale star Whitford wrote: “Kissing the a ** of an audience that refuses to acknowledge your truth while throwing the homeless under the bus and kissing the% le’s ass. richer .0003 population deserves a gold medal in the decathlon of morally bankrupt political pimping.
Whitford added: “Private jet owners are the victims. Because they are subjected to the specter of homelessness through the tinted windows of their limousines. You are a great humanitarian.
Not impressed: Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette quickly targeted Caitlyn for comments on homelessness
Slammed: Handmaid’s Tale star Bradley Whitford mocked Caitlyn for complaining about the homelessness crisis while being a privileged private jet owner
Jenner had regaled a story where she was sitting in her Malibu hangar and another private plane owner told her he was pulling sticks out of the Golden State.
The man told him he was heading to a new life in Arizona because he “can’t take it anymore” walking the streets and seeing homeless people.
“My friends are leaving California,” she told Hannity on Wednesday night. “In my shed, the guy across the street, he was packing his shed. And he says, “I’m moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can not stand it anymore. I cannot walk the streets and see the homeless.
Jenner said she wanted to “stay and fight” for the state rather than join others in the exodus from the state, saying, “I don’t want to leave. Either I stay and I fight, or I get out of here.
No restraint: King of Queens actress Merrin Dungey also attacked Caitlyn for giving an interview from her own airplane hangar
Going viral: Many celebrities responded on Twitter to this clip posted by journalist Aaron Rupar
Billy Eichner tweeted after the show “Caitlyn is the enemy” adding: “She could have been such a force for good … such a missed opportunity … well fuck her too”
Trans actress Jen Richards blasted on Twitter, “Did she… did she just say… that the guy with a private plane stand next to hers is tired of stepping on the homeless… like the problem was the homeless and not the fact they both own airplanes and complain about having to watch HOMELESSNESSES?!? ‘
She continued, “My friend, not on Twitter, summed it up best: ‘My rich friends are leaving because they don’t want to see poor people who are poor because we don’t put money into social services because my rich friends don’t. ‘does not pay tax.’ ”
Hypocrisy: Caitlyn’s comments sparked a crowd of Twitter users this week
Goodbye: actor Ken Olin encouraged the reality star to leave in his jet plane
Surviving contestant Zeke Smith – who is trans – roasted the reality star by tweeting, “I’m like you normal Californians. I’m a multimillionaire Olympian turned reality TV star who escaped manslaughter and thinks plane owners shouldn’t have to watch the poor.
King of Queens actress Merrin Dungey tweeted, “Hi @Caitlyn_Jenner. If you don’t like the situation of the homeless, instead of hiding in your PRIVATE PLANE, your campaign should aim to help them.
She added: “They don’t like their situation either. Your privilege of a lifetime is manifesting itself. It is not a good color.
Jenner (posing with a promotional mug for her Instagram campaign) didn’t provide any details on how she plans to tackle the crisis or fund her projects, as she pledged to “veto any tax increase ”.
Jenner regaled a story where she was sitting in her Malibu hangar and another private plane owner told her he was pulling sticks of the Golden State. The reality TV star is seen piloting her private plane in California in April
Jenner has also been regularly criticized by senior politicians, including Congressman Ted Lieu, who tweeted, “California has grown by 2.4 million people in the past 10 years. Plus, unlike you, Dems focus on the 99% of people who don’t own planes or hangars. And do you know what will help reduce homelessness? The #AmericanRescuePlan, which your party opposed.
Despite her conservative stance on homelessness, Jenner avoided calling herself a Republican in the interview, instead saying she saw herself as a “disruptor.”
California has long been ravaged by a homelessness crisis, with the highest number of homeless people of any U.S. state.
The number of people living on the streets has skyrocketed by more than 24% in the past two years alone.
A total of 161,548 homeless people were registered in the state in January 2020, up from 129,972 in January 2018, according to data released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in March.
In total, 70% of these people were considered “homeless”, which means that they lived on sidewalks, in tent camps, abandoned buildings, in cars or elsewhere outside.
Los Angeles has long been one of the hardest-hit regions, with the number of homeless people steadily increasing from around 40,000 in 2011.
As of January 2020, there were 66,433 homeless in Los Angeles County, including 41,290 in the city of Los Angeles, up nearly 14% from the previous year.
In downtown Los Angeles, nearly 5,000 people live in makeshift shacks that line entire city blocks in the famous neighborhood known as Skid Row.