Caitlyn Jenner Talks 2015 ESPY Awards Speech, Having Her Chance “to Make …

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPYs opening was one of 2015’s most powerful TV moments.

(CBS SF) — Apple’s personal assistant Siri doesn’t always get it right, and sometimes she can be downright mean (just ask “what’s zero divided by zero”), but this time Siri is being applauded by transgender advocates for standing by Caitlyn Jenner. 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.If her first red-carpet appearance (at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night) is anything to go by, the brouhaha surrounding Caitlyn Jenner’s bustier-clad appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair, which produced a multitude of editorials about what being a woman looks like, has not swayed her style choices.

Caitlyn Jenner received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring 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.

With narration by Jon Hamm, the package included highlights from Jenner’s incredible decathlon victory at the 1976 Olympics, interviews with her mother, Esther, and daughter, Kendall, and commentary from Jenner herself about the struggles she’s faced during 39 years in the public spotlight. “I isolated myself all the time. Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner 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. I would feel like a liar all the time,” Jenner said in the video. “It’s too bad because I wasted a lot of my life and nobody really knew who I am. They are getting murdered and they are committing suicide,” she told the crowd as her famous children watched from the audience. “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead.

The statement: Take me as I am, clearly intended for both those who were taken aback by her transition, as well as those who wanted to co-opt it for their own political ends. Explaining how lucky she is, Jenner quickly put the spotlight on the broader trans community. “It’s not just about me,” she explained: It’s about all of us accepting one another.

The video received more than 1 million views on YouTube, so Google decided to air it during the ESPYs as a way to pitch itself as a trans-inclusive brand: “Not that many big brands have very publicly supported and endorsed the transgender community,” Google’s Vice President of Marketing Arjan Dijk told USA Today in an interview. “It’s a role we want to play as a brand.” The Google ad chronicles the story of Jake Nothnagel, a 26-year-old, as he transitions from female to male. But for the kids out there coming to terms with being true with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” Afterward, the Orange Is the New Black actress – herself a vocal trans advocate – posted an Instagram quoting Jenner, writing “Love this.

Jenner represents, you could say that it is ridiculous to talk about her dress, that the clothes were the least of it, and that her heartfelt and moving speech about being trapped in the wrong skin for 65 years, and the difficulty of breaking out of that prison, is what should linger in the memory. 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’ve got to get the shoes, the hair, the makeup, it was exhausting. But it was she herself who brought up frocks at the beginning of her acceptance speech, joking about the stress of picking a dress and begging the fashion police to go easy on her. I’m new at this.” Caitlyn 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.

It underscored the fact that to ignore what she was wearing is to ignore part of her point, which is that she has finally been able to define herself for herself and that she has chosen this way to do it. Or, for that matter, like many of the female athletes in the audience: see, for example, the United States soccer star Ali Krieger in shirred and slit crimson Prabal Gurung; the skier Lindsey Vonn in a red gown cut to reveal almost an entire leg; and the mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey in her body-conscious black and white minidress with sheer inserts. Jenner’s selection to receive the Ashe award named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion generated strong debate online. ”I met Arthur Ashe a few times. Which is perhaps why the most overwhelming reaction by far of the Twitterati to her appearance last night can pretty much be paraphrased as, well, “fabulous!”

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