ESPN Gives Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner and it Backfires
Everyone has heard about the ESPY’s by now, and how ESPN decided to give the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner, apparently for her transgender struggle, highlighting the difficulties Jenner has to go through to get to the position she is now in today. The transgender struggle is a real one, and just like any other sexual and/or psychological orientation, the difficulties that someone in this position has to face is immense. Not only are their inner battles being waged within one’s own mind, wrestling with the idea of being different among one’s peers, but the psychological strain from being an outcast can be extremely damaging. These are all facts, and are not what is at dispute here.
The reality is that the ESPY’s are meant to be for athletes, and sure, Jenner was an athlete when she was a man, but that isn’t the case anymore. Not only is glorifying Jenner’s situation setting a precedent for future ESPY’s as well as sending a message that the transgender transformation is akin to the greatest of sacrifices in the sports world, but the rumors that have been going around about the wealth that Jenner will be making from this event is unsettling. Signing deals before you get on stage to make sure the ESPY’s and ESPN get mentioned in the television show you star in isn’t a best way to any persons heart.
Because of recent events, many people are calling out ESPN for their display, saying that they’ve strayed too far into new territory that they don’t belong in. The argument that this is sports news is a wobbly one at best, and many athletes haven’t taken kindly to this news. It seems as though the heat from the ESPY’s is geared entirely toward the decision to give the Courage Award to Jenner. We’ll have to see how ESPN handles this internet inferno in the coming days.
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