I Am Cait is the documentary TV show that chronicles the journey of Caitlyn Jenner after her gender change or transition. It is an eight part, one hour documentary series and it was debuted on July 26, 2015 on the E! network on DStv and GOtv channels.
Viewers were meant to follow the the retired Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce Jenner as she explores changes to her relationships with her family and friends.
The show will however no longer be shown in Africa following complaints from some viewers, according to South African broadcaster, Multichoice.
Multichoice revealed that “I am Cait” would be dropped out of respect for customers’ views and Africa’s diverse regulatory environments, stating in the report that the move came after a request from Nigerian authorities.
Parents in Nigeria had been reluctant for their children to watch Ms Jenner’s show, Nigerian media reported.
An official of Multichoice, Olajide Obi speaking on the ban of ‘I Am Cait’ also reminded subscribers of the availability of parental control, stating;
“The company also reminds their subscribers that DStv and GOtv decoders are encrypted with the parental control feature that empowers parents with ultimate control over what young viewers can watch. The company also encourages parents to make use of this feature as much as possible to ensure that their children only watch what their parents deem appropriate.”
Despite the reminder, this will be the second time the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has asked pan-African broadcasters to stop showing transgender-related material.
Just last October, NBC had also requested that Multichoice quit broadcasting “I am Jazz”, a show about another transgender woman.
Critics of the move complain that the decisions risk setting a precedent where a single country can effectively decide what TV viewers across the whole continent can watch.
The sentiment being shared therefore, is that people employ the parental control feature for their family’s viewing choices and not determine viewing selections for an entire continent based on personal values.