Who’s More Courageous, This Veteran or Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner?
ESPN recently announced that Arthur Ashe Courage Award would go to Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn, after Jenner publicly revealed that he identifies as a woman and underwent extensive cosmetic surgery in his transition to a “woman”.
ESPN chose Jenner over Noah Galloway, an Army Veteran who lost his arm and leg in service of his country, and competes in intense cross fit competitions and marathons.
The announcement by ESPN has resulted in a social media firestorm from hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook and Twitter who disagree with the honoree choice.
Noah Galloway deserves the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage way more than Caitlyn Jenner. Noah defended the right for her to change her gender.
— Jördåń Barksdale (@jordanb919) June 2, 2015
For anyone other than Lauren Hill or Noah Galloway to win the ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for courage is a travesty.
— Jim Dabbelt (@JDabbs86) June 2, 2015
Some voiced their opinion in more sarcastic ways.
Noah Galloway is a hero. Caitlyn Jenner is a hero. The guy who invented pizza rolls is a hero. We’re all heroes.
— Cecile Vergos (@CecileVergos) June 2, 2015
The social media controversy has come down to the meaning of “courage”. If courage is equated with changing ones gender, like Jenner, or going through other plastic surgeries, are we dishonoring the courage of those who suffer, and even die for this nation. Equally, the response to Jenner’s transition has been nothing but praise and adoration, even receiving support from President Obama, not to mention the monetary benefit from the publicity which Jenner has openly admitted to.
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