Caitlyn Jenner ESPN Speech: A Publicity Stunt With An Agenda?
Caitlyn Jenner ESPN Speech: A Publicity Stunt With An Agenda?
July 16, 2015
A towering, broad-shouldered figure in a white evening gown showed up at the ESPY Awards last night.
My family and I were sitting at the local brewpub eating dinner when my husband said, “Look! It’s Caitlyn Jenner! Here they go…pushing their agenda…”
My first reaction was to roll my eyes as I do when I pretty much hear anything with the last names “Jenner” and “Kardashian” in the sentence. In my mind, I thought he was talking about Kylie until I looked up at the screen.
Right. Caitlyn. Caityln Jenner. The former Olympic athlete that I recognized from the Wheaties boxes when I was a kid. Still recognizable, just wearing a white dress.
If you Google “Bruce Jenner” today, you will not find “Bruce”, but you will find “Caitlyn.” Jenner appeared at the ESPY Awards last night to receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage in which Jenner talked about recent experiences:
“It’s been eye-opening, inspiring, but also frightening. All across this country, right now, all across the world, at this very moment, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re learning that they are different and they are trying to figure out how to handle that, on top of every other problem that a teenager has.
They’re getting bullied, they’re getting beaten up, they’re getting murdered and they’re committing suicide. The numbers that you just heard before are staggering, but they are the reality of what it is like to be trans today.”
Agenda Item #1 in the can. Bullying. Trans-youth. Acceptance. The speech goes on:
“But this transition has been harder on me than anything I could imagine. And that’s the case for so many others besides me. For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.”
Agenda Item #2. Respect. And, yet another item in a carefully crafted speech given by Jenner:
“And now, as of this week, it appears that trans people will soon be serving in the military. That’s a great idea. We have come a long way. But we have a lot of work to do.”
Jenner went on, in a noticeably male voice, to thank “buddy”, Diane Sawyer for the candid interview back in April.
Yes, the very interview where Jenner admitted to being a Christian and a Republican and (GASP) not a big fan of Barack Obama.
Now, there are rumors circulating that Jenner’s speech at the ESPY’s was a publicity stunt to garner ABC one of the biggest stories of the year.
Her agents approached ESPN, which is owned by Disney like Sawyer’s ABC, “and they suggested that she receive the Arthur Ashe award,” the source claimed. “It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea, and immediately began making sure it got done. Caitlyn’s journey to accepting the award will also be featured on her upcoming reality show, I am Cait.”
“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,” the source said. “It was ironed out, and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year.”-louderwithcrowder.com
And the questions loom–if the Caitlyn Jenner speech at the ESPY Awards was a carefully crafted publicity stunt, what does that really say about our media?
Let’s look at Agenda Item #1 and face it, plainly and simply. The mainstream media does not care about Jenner as a person nor do they care about the suicides that occur amongst transgender individuals after getting sexual reassignment surgery. This is all part of the big machine of ratings, money and sucking up to an agenda and the current administration. The Kardashian Clan? Well, they’re happy because this story gives them another avenue to inflict themselves upon pop culture and a generation of entitled, thankless brats. Does Caitlyn Jenner care about trans youth being bullied? Are the intentions pure? Perhaps so. But anything Jenner does at this point is going to be met with criticism of it being a publicity stunt unless it is done in secret, away from the lens of a camera. The media is using Jenner as a means to an end. Exclusive stories and pushing an agenda. That’s it.
We move on to Agenda Item #2-Respect. Jenner killed a woman in an accident in Malibu back in February. Where is the respect for the family? Furthermore, if it were any of us normal folks out of the public eye, we would be facing criminal charges-not accepting awards for “courage.” Jenner said trans people deserve our respect. I agree that they deserve respect. I agree that individuals of all walks of life deserve respect. But, respect is not deserved. It should be earned. Perhaps this is why the Jenner/Kardashian kids behave the way they do. Because they were taught that respect is an entitlement. It is not.
Third and finally, Agenda #3 Transgenders in the military. Seriously? We have have a hard enough time with our society respecting our military service men and service women. We have a hard enough time taking care of our veterans. We have the VA shutting down hospitals, service members coming home with PTSD and being unable to get the adequate help needed, a dialogue that promotes that these service members are having a hard time integrating into society and therefore are “unmarketable” in civilian jobs, homeless vets and an administration and a society as a whole that does not “get” the military. Quite honestly, our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen need support in a different way than what our administrators are offering. Where will the funding come from for classes to teach service members on how to deal with the transgendered population? Where would the funding come from to take care of medical and mental health costs? And, we won’t even get into what those ISIS idiots (who already hate us, by the way) will do if this comes to fruition.
In reality, this is not a slam to Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner has a right to speak out–it’s what makes us a free society. I believe Caitlyn Jenner is a confused person who has been the victim of success, celebrity and the dark side that falls into play with those two elements. The fact that the media exploits this just goes to show how much they really care about the welfare of this country and our people in it. The fact that Jenner takes advantage of the media to get “out there”–well, that’s questionable, too.
Yep, ESPN, another network to check off on the list of jumping on the bandwagon-just like they’re supposed to, right?
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