Last night, Caitlyn Jenner was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, and during her 25 minute acceptance speech, she made a series of demands about transgenders that have left many stunned.
“Trans people deserve something vital,” the 65 year-old former athlete declared. “They deserve your respect.”
Here is an excerpt of Jenner’s speech, courtesy of Daily Mail:
In the audience were nine of Jenner’s ten children, including the Kardashian girls.
Though liberals have rallied around Jenner and her speech, many conservatives have expressed outraged that she was given a courage award over other more deserving nominees. There was speculation before the show that the award was given to Jenner in return for her Diane Sawyer interview with ABC.
“Jenner was given the award after the Sawyer interview,” said one TV insider, according to Fox. “After all, ESPN is part of the ABC family.”
“That rumor is false,” ESPN responded in a statement. “The Arthur Ashe Award and Diane Sawyer interview were never connected.”
Despite ESPN’s denial, many still believe the award show was rigged and that it should not have been awarded to Jenner.
Many were livid that the award was not given to Lauren Hill, the teenage basketball player who continued to play college basketball while she battled an inoperable brain tumor. She died earlier this year.
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