Everyone is talking about the Caitlyn Jenner ESPY speech, which she was given for being courageous. There was controversy about whether or not Caitlyn should have been given the award in the first place, considering that Caitlyn has accomplished exactly zero in the world of sports. Ever. I wrote a column yesterday.
Now here’s the real reason Caitlyn was given an award for “courage…” Caitlyn’s PR team pitched the idea as a publicity stunt.
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.”
So this is how we’re defining courage now…the courage to have your expensive PR team reach out to a network to negotiate an award as nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt.
That, when people say how “courageous” Caitlyn Jenner is, is what they’re talking about.