Jenner ‘Courage’ Award Draws Backlash
By Jeff Dunetz
On Tuesday at this year’s Espy Awards, ESPN announced that former Olympic Gold Medalist Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
However, many fans were upset at the ESPN choice, questioning if Caitlyn’s action in going public with her change of gender really made the reality TV star the most courageous athlete of the past year.
The ESPN announcement spoke about Jenner’s “courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances.”
Soon after the announcement, social and traditional media erupted with other candidates who some fans felt were more worthy of a courage award.
According to Fox News, there were of hundreds of tweets supporting Army Sgt.(Ret.) Noah Galloway (pictured above) who lost an arm and a leg while serving in Afghanistan and still competes in marathons, other extreme sports, and most recently placed third in “Dancing With The Stars.”
An Internet rumor emerged that Galloway “placed second” behind Jenner, but according to ESPN:
There is no such thing as a runner-up for the Arthur Ashe Award. The organization is not currently going into further detail about how the award’s recipient is selected, but the process does not result in winners and runners-up the way a vote does…
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