Caitlyn Jenner is undeserving of ESPY award
The 2015 ESPN ESPY Awards have transformed from an honorable award ceremony to a publicity stunt, as Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Wednesday at her first major public appearance.
Before continuing to read and claim my ignorance, understand I am not saying Jenner isn't courageous or brave. I am simply saying another candidate would have been more deserving. Although there were no announced runners-up, there were certainly better options.
Some might know Noah Galloway from Dancing With the Stars. Before slipping on his dancing shoes, Galloway lost part of his left arm and leg while serving in Iraq. He then went on to become an athlete and motivational speaker.
Another option could have been Lauren Hill, who died in April at age 19 from a rare condition called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. She was a college basketball player who raised $1.4 million for pediatric cancer research before her death.
Courage means strength in the face of pain or grief. We all have our own battles; I'm not trying to minimize Caitlyn's simply because of her celeb lifestyle, but is she really struggling here? Sure, maybe you think she is because of internal reasons and unhappiness throughout the years. But sorry, I can't believe that having your own TV series, being interviewed on Diane Sawyer's 20/20 and pictured on the cover of Vanity Fair illustrates pain or grief. It's not a courageous action and sure doesn't make you a courageous person if you are being reimbursed and paid for it. So she might have some paparazzi hating on her, but the money and publicity she has received from this whole situation has really taken the focus.
Jenner could be considered worthy of this honor if she was spending thousands of dollars donating to charities or helping the LGBT community instead of spending thousands on breast implants. Or even if she was spending time attending events and helping people struggling with the same issues she was, and still is, instead of filming a TV series. Forgive me if she is secretly doing this and the press just doesn't care, but to my knowledge and Google's, there's no record.
This award isn't supposed to be a chance for Jenner to show she is more than a former athlete and now an annoying reality star, but that is unfortunately what it has become. It takes more courage than just publicly changing gender to deserve this award.
This is just a way to get viewers. Curious eyes are going to tune in to see Jenner's live appearance. Unfortunately, ESPY has sacrificed the validity of the award for numbers.
Bridgette Norris is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @blogginbridge or email her at BridgetteN@CentralFloridaFuture.com.