Millions watched as Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage last night. The ESPYs received a lot of backlash after announcing that Jenner would be receiving the award. Many questioned what makes Caitlyn Jenner a “Hero” , and argued that there were better candidates that were deserving of the award.
Before receiving her award, we were given a glimpse of the past life of Bruce Jenner. Jenner is a American Athlete, best known for winning a gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Abby Wambach, a forward on the Women’s U.S soccer team, had the privilege of presenting the trophy to Jenner.
Jenner took the stage to receive his award, and joked about how hard it was to find the right outfit, hair, and makeup. Things quickly turned serious when he addressed the crowd pleading them to find it in their hearts to not only accept him, but those dealing with being transgender around the world.
Jenner stated,” So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether its about courage or controversy or publicity, it’s about what happens from here. It’s not just about one person. It’s about thousands of people,” Jenner continued. “It’s not just about me. It’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different. It’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing.”
She also stated, “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead,” she said surrounded by fellow athletes. “The reality is, I can take it.”
All of his children ( the Jenner & Kardashian Clan) were in attendance, cheering him on to show their support from the audience. His mother, who he notes that he gets his courage from during his speech, was also in attendance.
So what happens from here? Honestly nothing. You may not like it, nor accept it, nor understand it, but just respect it and keep it moving. Treat others like you would like to be treated, and let them live the lives they choose to live.
Watch the Emotional Speech below. At the end of his speech, you will notice some people in the audience hesitant to stand up to give her a round of applause. Clearly some people are still not accepting of this transition. We will just have to see what happens from here.