Laverne Cox and Jill Soloway Tell Us How They Really Feel About Rachel Dolezal & Caitlyn Jenner Comparisons

by Alex Ungerman 2:20 PM PDT, June 17, 2015
Playing Laverne Cox and Jill Soloway Tell Us How They Really Feel About Rachel Dolezal & Caitlyn Jenner Comparisons

As former NAACP activist Rachel Dolezal continues to defend her race, saying she identifies as black, many have begun to compare her to Caitlyn Jenner.

"We accept that a person can identify as transgender," Mia Farrow tweeted when Rachel's news first broke. "Could 'trans-ethnic' be a real thing?"

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However, Transparent creator Jill Soloway was quick to shoot down those comparisons.

"I don't think that she's the story,” she told ET at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday, where she was also honored.

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"Those two stories have absolutely nothing to do with each other," she continued. "It's not appropriate to compare those stories."

What the two stories do show, Jill feels, is the expanding cultural discussion of binary and identity.

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"I do think the reason they're both rising at the same time is our culture is asking questions about whether the binary fits. The very simply black/white, woman/man," Jill said.

So again, it's not Rachel Dolezal that's the story, but rather "the fact that she's a story is the story."

"Somehow things rise -- suddenly they become stories, and it's more about what our culture needs to talk about" Jill said. "Our culture needs to talk about these questions of identification."

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Meanwhile, at the amfAR Gala in New York on Tuesday, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox told ET that the distinction between Rachel Dolezal's story and the whole of the transgender community is an important one to make.

"I think the issues there are really complicated," she said. "But I also think it's potentially problematic to compare one situation with the situations of transgender people all over the world."

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