Did Caitlyn Jenner Deserve ESPY Award? Central Florida Future Staffers Debate ‘Real Courage’ vs. ‘Publicity Stunt’

A pair of staffers for the Central Florida Future at the University of Central Florida have penned op-eds debating whether Caitlyn Jenner deserved the Arthur Ashe Courage Award she received yesterday at ESPN’s ESPY ceremony.

The Future’s digital producer Bridgette Norris says the award was a “publicity stunt.” As she argues, “Jenner could be considered worthy of this honor if she was spending thousands of dollars donating to charities or helping the LGBT community instead of spending thousands on breast implants. Or even if she was spending time attending events and helping people struggling with the same issues she was, and still is, instead of filming a TV series. Forgive me if she is secretly doing this and the press just doesn’t care, but to my knowledge and Google’s, there’s no record.”

In response, senior staff writer Deanna Ferrante draws in part on personal experiences while declaring Jenner entirely deserving of the honor. In her words, “Do people not understand just how terrifying it must be for a woman, who has had to hide her real self for years all while constantly in the public eye, to decide to finally show the world who she really is? … It’s hard enough for someone who is transgender to tell one person about his or her true self. My sister was practically shaking from nerves when she told me, and I was the only one there. Imagine having to put yourself out there, after years of hiding, and let the whole world know about something you’ve tried your whole life to keep secret.┬áThat’s what real courage is. And the best thing about it is that Caitlyn Jenner’s courage doesn’t only affect her, it affects millions.”


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