Siri Will Correct You If You Call Caitlyn Jenner By Her Old Name

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

ESPYs host Joel McHale: Caitlyn Jenner’s story is ‘divisive': She’s ‘very courageous’.

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion decathlete, will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at Wednesday night’s event which will be televised on ABC.

Caitlyn’s journey to accepting the award will also be featured on her upcoming reality show, ‘I am Cait.’” According to the report, the negotiations with ESPN started as Jenner’s team was finalizing the terms of her April interview with Diane Sawyer on fellow Disney property ABC’s “20/20.” That interview netted the program’s biggest rating in 15 years. “There was a hiccup during the talks about Caitlyn receiving the award, and her reps were prepared to pull her interview with Diane Sawyer if she didn’t get it,” RadarOnline’s source said. “It was ironed out, and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year.” When Jenner was announced as this year’s Ashe Award winner, a social media backlash ensued. Many argued that the late Lauren Hill, the former Divsion III women’s college basketball player who raised $1.5 million for cancer research before succumbing to brain cancer, was a more worthy recipient. Yet the ESPYs have been around over 20 years, and continue to grow in size, spectacle, and popularity which have helped make the cable channel Disney’s most lucrative property by far. She said the process also included vetting Jenner and meeting with her friends and family as well as consulting others, including the Ashe Foundation. “I think Caitlyn’s decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance,” Mandt told Sports Illustrated. “Bruce Jenner could have easily gone off into the sunset as this American hero and never have dealt with this publicly. Hill’s mother told USA Today their family had nothing to do with the criticism of Jenner. “I don’t think (Lauren) would have had a strong opinion on (the award) either way, to be honest,” Lisa Hill said. “She was pretty down-to-Earth, she respected (people from) all walks of life and people who were different.

Longtime SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, who died later that year, gave an emotional speech during a long battle with cancer while accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. You wouldn’t think that human sexuality & life threatening disease would be the focus of a sports focused show, but they’re exactly why the ESPY’s have become such a pop culture staple. For the first time, the ESPYs will air on Disney’s ABC Network, which will most-likely generate the show’s biggest audience ever, regardless of the content.

Amid criticism from some, including NBC’s Bob Costas who has openly accused the network of exploiting her for ratings, there’s no doubt that people will be watching. The audience that watched Jenner on E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and the audience that watches traditional American sports, couldn’t be more different. The ESPYs has done that by setting up guaranteed reactionary events that will be talked about, debated, & shared, just like must-see SportsCenter highlights.

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