Friday Night Lights Creator Slammed for Cheap ESPYs Shot at Caitlyn Jenner

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

ESPY Ratings Triple on Move to ABC, Caitlyn Jenner Award Speech.

(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. The ESPYs more than tripled television ratings from a year earlier, moving to ABC from ESPN as awards given to Caitlyn Jenner and pediatric cancer survivor Leah Still highlighted the show. Ask “How tall Is Bruce Jenner?” and Siri responds with a Wikipedia page attached saying “Caitlyn Jenner is 6′ 2″ tall” — or ask “What gender is Bruce Jenner?” and Siri replies with “female.” Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s annual ESPY ceremony Wednesday night, her first formal award since announcing her transition.

The annual sports award show was seen Wednesday in an average of 6 percent of homes in 56 of the top U.S. television markets, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC said in a statement. The world is shifting around us so swiftly, so inexorably, that there are moments where you rub your eyes and wonder if you really saw what you just saw.

The show, which aired on Disney’s ESPN in previous years, drew a major-market rating that was 253 percent higher than last year’s 1.7, according to I had a moment like that while watching the tribute that ESPN had prepared for Caitlyn Jenner, who received the channel’s Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. With Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game held Tuesday, the days after are the only ones each year in which none of the four major U.S. team sports are in action, helping bring attention to the ESPYs. The video spent many minutes documenting Jenner’s life and her emergence as the most famous trans person in the world, but towards the end, it showed footage of a trans rights march. The 27-minute segment began with an introduction from Women’s World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach and a 14-minute video retrospective of Bruce Jenner’s Olympic achievements, personal struggles and transition to Caitlyn.

So did one that said “Black and Brown Trans Lives Matter.” All the while, the kind of cheesy inspirational music you always get at awards shows played underneath. I had taken to thinking that, after the dizzyingly fast triumphs of the LGBT rights movement in recent years, there was little that could surprise me. Don’t ever give up.” Though Valvano died less than two months later, his speech served as the start of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has awarded more than $130 million to more than 120 facilities, according to the foundation’s website. But this moment—a massive sports network openly cheerleading what until just a few years ago would have been seen as a march of strange radicals, and probably mocked by some ESPN hosts—made me think, I can’t believe I just saw that. On Tuesday, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance went to Devon Still, a Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle, and his 5-year-old daughter, Leah, who has battled cancer for the last year. “We could have lost faith and just let this battle with cancer get the best of us, or I could give my daughter’s battle with cancer a purpose, and use my platform to try to raise as much awareness as possible,” Devon Still said in accepting the award.

Then, Abby Wambach, a woman last seen sharing a passionate kiss with her wife after winning the World Cup, brought Caitlyn Jenner to the stage, and the ESPYs crowd all stood and applauded. Leah Still’s cancer, diagnosed as Stage IV neuroblastoma, is now in remission, though she didn’t attend the award show as she continues to recuperate. In his fevered dissent from the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, Samuel Alito worried that homophobes—sorry, people with “traditional ideas” about these things—would face marginalization in future. Her speech on Wednesday was generous and moving and outward-looking, making sure to honor the trans pioneers who came before her and to highlight the many perils and prejudices less well-known trans people face. Sawyer’s interview with Jenner on ABC earlier this year was a two-hour celebration, interspersed with information about the violence and discrimination that trans people have to cope with far more than other queer people.

In the segment, Sawyer dutifully interrogates both sides of the controversy, asking DeGeneres if her show had been “too gay” and then asking ABC chief Bob Iger what the problem with a gay show was. (Iger, who now runs the entire Disney corporation, does not come off well.) Such a world has all but vanished from our screens. We have moved from a time when Ellen—who is now one of the most whitebread, unthreatening people in entertainment—was seen by ABC as dangerous and wildly political, to a time when that same network demands that its audience respect Caitlyn Jenner. The conversations that the LGBT community is now having—about what it means to be queer in a world of marriage, about the bourgeois, exclusionary and corporate whiteness of the queer elite, about how to maintain a radical spirit in the wake of a triumphant but inherently conservative string of victories, about the many hurdles that still exist—are very important ones.

As a gay man with no particular love for the institution of marriage and with no desire to be a part of the military-industrial complex, I am keenly aware of the wrinkles that complicate the current wave of euphoria. But the truth remains that to be concerned about what the broad societal acceptance of your essential humanity will mean for you is to be in a good place.

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