Caitlyn Jenner on Emotional ESPY Awards Speech: ‘It Wasn’t Easy’

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Caitlyn Jenner Accepts ESPYs Award for Courage: ‘It’s About All of Us Accepting One Another’.

Don’t count Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor” and producer of “Friday Night Lights” among the people who were moved by Caitlyn Jenner’s speech as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honouring the year’s top athletes and moments. “This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,” said Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of becoming a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC.

Jenner made her first public appearance since completing her gender transition and gave a 10-minute speech about her journey, receiving two standing ovations along the way and acknowledging that giving her a courage award was, like her transition, controversial. Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star vowed “to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” Abby Wambach of the U.S. soccer team that won the Women’s World Cup presented the trophy to Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her famous family, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian. Berg criticized the choice with an Instagram post in which he shared, without comment, a Facebook photo by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts that featured a photo of Army veteran Gregory Gadson, who played a role in Berg’s “Battleship,” alongside one of Jenner.

Meanwhile, expressing how proud he was of his parents, Brody Jenner said that he thinks that it is an incredible honour and the reality star truly deserved it. And they’re committing suicide.” “Just last month,” Jenner continued, “the body of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, a transgender woman of color, was found in a field in Mississippi stabbed to death. Jenner was one of the drivers involved in the multi-car pileup on Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway, that tragically resulted in fellow driver Kim Howe’s death.

Guess which Man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?” Jenner was a controversial choice for the award, with many pointing out that Noah Galloway, an athlete who lost an arm and leg in war, was more deserving, as was Lauren Hill, who achieved her dream of playing college basketball before she died of brain cancer. Steindorff, whose car was also involved, told the outlet that the positive focus on Jenner’s transition from male to female, and lack of attention on the car accident is something she can’t come to terms with. “I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honor a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show,” Steindorff said. “For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions.” “I would hope that someone who seems to greatly value the importance of human existence would be more sensitive to the fact that she ended another person’s life,” she added. “Sadly we are living in a tabloid society.” Jenner, who had yet to come out as Caitlyn at the time of the incident, did send condolences to Howe’s family members following the accident, and has been cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation of the incident. “My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident,” Jenner said in a statement at the time. “It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. Jenner used her moment on stage to say that “trans people deserve something vital: They deserve your respect” and to acknowledge that she doesn’t mind being a lightning rod. “If you want to call me names … go ahead. She mentioned she once considered ending her own life with a gun she owned. “OK girls, I get it,” she said, as the audience laughed. “You to get the shoes, the hair, the makeup, it was exhausting.

I’m new at this.” Jenner didn’t walk the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and she didn’t appear backstage to talk with reporters, as most of the previous Ashe award recipients have done. ESPN said Jenner wanted her onstage comments to stand. “She’s really brave to have the courage to get through a lot of those things,” said the 14-year-old who won best breakthrough athlete. “I know a lot of people give her a hard time about it but just for her family to give her that support is amazing.” RadarOnline.com reported Wednesday that Jenner’s representatives approached ESPN suggesting the network give her the Ashe award in exchange for plugs on her upcoming E! docuseries. Well, I’ll tell you what it’s all about: it’s about what happens from here,” Jenner said, concluding her speech. “It’s not just about one person, it’s about thousands of people.

I know how important education was to him,” Jenner said. “Learn as much as you can about another person to understand them as well as you can.”

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