Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg’s slogan for the veteran series was “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” But when he hit Instagram earlier, Berg didn’t keep that slogan in mind as he took a shot as Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner took to the stage last night at the ESPY Awards as she received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and everyone seemed to take notice. While many people highlighted her speech, the Friday Night Lights creator seemed to focus on something else.
Berg took to his Instagram and posted a Caitlyn Jenner meme that said, “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 his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award” by ESPN’?”
His caption on the photo was a simple, “Yup.”
In Caitlyn Jenner’s acceptance speech, she said, “If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it. But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn’t have to take it.”
In addition, Jenner brought up the critics that have been invalidating her transition and her intentions behind her very personal journey.
For those thinking this was a gimmick, she said, “So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether it’s 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. 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.”
Obviously, with that in mind and fresh on everyone’s memory, Peter Berg received massive backlash from fans.
His heart is clearly NOT full. HE LOSES. http://t.co/8XUhbPqqdC
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) July 16, 2015
Clear eyes, full hearts, Peter Berg looks like Jack Nicholson’s version of the Joker and is also transphobic. pic.twitter.com/sljOpSJ3W7
— Brendon Bigley (@brendonbigley) July 16, 2015
— Laura Hayes (@BTMenu) July 16, 2015
Maura Mandt told Sports Illustrated about the decision to honor Jenner, saying, “I think Caitlyn’s decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance.”
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