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Transgender Activists Call Out Caitlyn Jenner As Out Of Touch After Remark On 'I Am Cait' –– She 'Will Never Understand The Real Cost'

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Aug. 4 2015, Published 9:36 a.m. ET

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A number of transgender activists are calling out Caitlyn Jenner as vapid, elitist and out of touch with the community she claims to represent.

The I Am Cait star "will never understand the real cost of being transgender," Zoey Tur, a prominent transgender journalist in Los Angeles, told TheWrap. "She's a product."

One specific remark Caitlyn -- an avowed Republican -- made during a recent episode of her E! show raised eyebrows, sending signals to some that, as a wealthy celebrity, she cannot relate to issues transgender people without millions in the bank can relate to.

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In the episode, Caitlyn seemed to turn her nose up at transgender youths who receive help from social programs, wondering if the affected population can "make more not working with social program than they actually can with an entry-level job."

The multimillionaire added "You don't want people to get totally dependent on it -- that's when they get in trouble."

That comment "worried" LGBT activist Jenny Boylan, who told the outlet that while "Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses ... many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that's nothing to be ashamed of."

Another activist, Madison Rae, said that "the message that's she's delivering doesn't hold the same power as it would have had it come from someone who's gone through that life experience.

"She's going through some growing pains, but she'll get there eventually."

The National Center for Transgender Equality states that 20 percent of all transgender people have been homeless at one point.

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