Peter Berg is now backtracking after he received backlash for posting a mean-spirited meme about Caitlyn Jenner. Berg posted a meme about her accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
As the Inquisitr reported, the Friday Night Lights creator posted a meme on his Instagram 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?”
He chose to caption the photo with the word, “Yup.”
Now, Peter Berg is singing a different tune after receiving major backlash on social media. Berg decided to clarify just what he meant by posting an additional Instagram picture on the matter.
The Instagram picture features an American flag with the text that reads, “4,334 veterans have died by suicide this year. The VA estimates that 22 veterans die by suicide every day.”
The Friday Night Lights creator captioned this photo by mentioning Caitlyn Jenner by name.
“I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere. I also believe that we don’t give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals- principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse.”
Some people just weren’t buying this apology.
One Instagram user wrote, “You don’t need to demean one group to honor another.”
Another posted, “We don’t have to ignore one group, and pay sole attention to another. We can help all. All groups are important, all need attentions, and this is the first time someone is bringing attention to transgender people, who are victims of hate crimes.”
Here are just a few responses that Peter Berg received after blasting the ESPYs for their choice in honoring Caitlyn Jenner.
@Variety wow, so the only true heroes are the vets, huh?? fascinating logic right there.
— wutever (@dawutx) July 16, 2015
@thedailybeast – so we know Peter Berg is a A-hole. I’ll remember that when choosing whether to watch his movies in the future.
— Elis (@elis969962) July 16, 2015
@thedailybeast Our military sacrifices need a lot more respect, kudos, and attention. No need to dis someone else to prove your point. Mean
— Leah Fallesen (@LeahCF) July 16, 2015
Transgender people are courageous because they have to face transphobic people like Peter Berg every day.
— Sam Benton (@youtubermovies) July 16, 2015
What do you think of Peter Berg’s new comments?
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