Critics be damned, Caitlyn Jenner is sticking by her love of "Dude Looks Like a Lady."
Jenner was called a "disgrace to the trans community" after joking she and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler were working together on a duet of the band's song in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
But on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" later that night, she explained her personal connection to the track.
"I was at a fundraiser in Minneapolis and he was the entertainment. I'm sitting there thinking, I gotta go say hi," she said of her meeting with Tyler.
"I go backstage after and I go up to Steven and said, 'I have had some really tough times in my life and I said for 6 years, every once in a while I would sneak out, get dressed and go sneak out in the dark and drive around," she continued. "I said I'd always used to take your song, 'Dude Looks Like a Lady' and that became my theme song, driving around in my little car with my little CD in there, whipping up the tunes and stuff and I said I just want you to know that made me feel good."
According to Jenner, Tyler "loved it" and gave her a big hug before snapping the photo together.
While Caitlyn clearly has no ill-will about the song, others in the trans community really went in on in her Instagram comments.
Check out some of the most vocal criticism below:
You've gotta be kidding every binary transwoman in the world @caitlynjenner This song has been used as a humilation towards us for years. How could you not know this. Are you even a real transwoman or is this just a continuation of a PR stunt to make transwomen further stigmatised and ridiculed. Stop trying be famous and either shut the fuck up or speak wisely. Acknowledge that most transwomen have sweet fuck all privlege and no voice. So use your privelege ethically.
You really think this caption is appropriate? It's really sad you're a poor role model for the LGBT community. You just don't get it.
You're a disgrace to the trans community. You have no clue what we all have gone through to get away from remarks like that which stigmatize us and bring danger. It's all just a fucking game to you isn't it?
You're the worst Caitlyn! It's like your contradicting/condescending views and opinions aren't insulting enough - you still have the audacity to post such an insensitive caption. You're NOT a representation of the transgender community and you never will be. Do the world a favour, take a step back and stick to what you know - remote control airplanes.
Thats the worst trans representation I could ever think of ever
Your lack of self-awareness is unfathomable!
You are the literal worst.
This is soooooo problematic. Smh
- This caption and song are poor choices to use as a symbol for the trans community. You are another white puppet flaunting their privilege in the guise of being a representative for the you generation and trans life.