“…If you wanna make jokes, go ahead, I can take it. But for the kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” – Caitlyn Jenner
The world of sports, professional or otherwise, can be among the most LGBT-phobic of them all.
Mine and Kendall's little tears of joy lol. I love my dad.
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) July 16, 2015
I understand people have opinions and beliefs but what Caitlyn Jenner did takes courage and heart…kudos #ESPYS
— Ryan Verdugo (@teachmetodugi11) July 16, 2015
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 16, 2015
“But I have never felt more pressure than I have ever felt in my life … then over the last couple of months … picking out this outfit,” Jenner said at the beginning of her speech.
What the hell am I going to wear? http://t.co/HoXNQasAXM
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 2, 2015
She did well … very well. And she had help. As reported by US Magazine, Caitlyn hired “celeb stylist extraordinaire” Jen Rade whose clients include Angelina Jolie and Pink. The style verdict is in: Vogue has pronounced the choice of her Atelier Versace gown a triumph …
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) July 16, 2015
There are always a few haters such as NBC Sports’ Bob Costas…
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) June 11, 2015
Costas told Liberty First News, “I wish Caitlyn all the happiness in the world and all the peace of mind in the world. However, it strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play. It’s a tabloid play.” The NY Post shared that many others felt the award should have gone to Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph basketball player lost her fight against cancer on April 10.
Similarly, director Peter Berg posted his dissatisfaction with the choice.
Yesterday morning, however, Radar Online deepens the controversy with the headline “Demanding Diva!” According to article, Caitlyn’s agents went to ESPN with the idea that she should receive the Arthur Ashe Award saying, “It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea.” The article alleges the Jenner camp was ready to pull her highly touted interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC (which like ESPN, is owned by Disney) if she did not receive the award, stating, “It was ironed out, and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year.”
In the morning light, however, one thing is clear, once she took to the stage, it was a trans-formative night in many far reaching and powerful ways. Even Siri says so too.