Peter Berg Blasted After Posting Hateful Meme About Caitlyn Jenner
Friday Night Lights producer Peter Berg is facing some backlash after posting a hateful meme about Caitlyn Jenner on his Instagram account. Much of the controversy surrounding Caitlyn receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award had to do with people believing there were more worthy recipients. Many hoped it would be awarded to Lauren Hill who played basketball despite being stricken with cancer. Others wanted to see the award go to a member of the military. Berg is in the camp that does not believe the award should have went to Caitlyn Jenner and he let people know in the ugliest way.
The meme, pictured above, comes from Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts. On the meme it says,”One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?”
Under the meme, Berg posted, “Yup.”
While Berg has been a supporter of our military the Lone Survivor director doesn’t seem to understand the difference between disagreeing with a choice and making transphobic comments. He wouldn’t be alone in his belief that ESPN should have chosen a different recipient. He wouldn’t be alone in wanting to see a member of the military honored though there was another award in which a member of the military was honored. Why bash someone who has been open about the struggle many transgender people face?
Berg was blasted by many in the comments with some calling him ignorant and hoping his “transphobia” would mean the end of his career though there were some who agreed with the Friday Night Lights producer, at least, that Caitlyn wasn’t worthy.
Caitlyn Jenner gave a powerful speech at the ESPY Awards in which she spoke about the struggles many transgender people face. She spoke about the high homeless rates, the high rate of assault, and the rate of transgender people who have attempted suicide. She even spoke about her own thoughts of killing herself after she had her trachea shaved as part of her transitioning process. The paparazzi discovered her after the shave and she considered using her gun to end it all.
Berg’s meme seems especially hateful after listening to Caitlyn talk about the difficulty she has faced in her journey and her plea for people to be respectful and kind. Caitlyn talked about being able to handle the criticism and jokes but worried that there are many who can’t.
In an interesting side note, Berg has a professional relationship with the author of Jenner’s Vanity Fair interview, Buzz Bissinger. Kissinger wrote the Friday Night Lights book and has also questioned his sexuality and has worn women’s clothing.
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