Caitlyn Jenner has received plenty of praise for her crushing showing at the ESPY's Wednesday night, and of course, plenty of backlash for merely existing as an out trans woman.
Among the naysayers is Peter Berg, who developed the Friday Night Lights TV series and also is responsible for the cinematic abortion Battleship. That’s to say that you win some, you lose some, and Berg just lost the respect of anyone with a brain by posting a meme (which I won't feature here because FUCK HIM), which pictures double amputee and veteran Gregory D. Gadson side by side with Jenner and reads:
“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?”
|Pictured: A biggot.|
Though Jenner assured the crowd last night that she could take mockery directed at her as a result of her gender identity, it’s shit like this that exposes just how courageous out trans people are. Or why people still think it is totally okay to adhere to a discriminatory set of ideals and don't worry about backlash because it is trans people, so it is somehow okay. This guy is a huge director, and he didn't think twice to post a meme that would easily cause him to be labeled as transphobic like it was no big deal. Imagine if he posted a meme that was homophobic, or racist...because the prefix of that term transphobic, is trans he thinks it is okay. THIS IS FUCKED and points to the continuing problem of how our society looks at trans people.
(On another level, as I type this article, I feel it is worth mentioning: Every time I use the terms "transphobic" or "transphobia" my computer doesn't even recognize them as terms. We are on that level of acceptance right now, and it really is sad.)
I could go on and on about how much Peter Berg is a shitbag, and an asshole for this, but someone already summed this up better than I ever could. I can’t think of a better response to negativity like Berg’s than that which writer Craig Jenkins shared on Twitter last night:
You think that 40% trans suicide rate is nuts until you put someone trans on national TV for ten minutes and see how people react.— Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ) July 16, 2015
Peter Berg, you are a piece of shit and easily The Asshole of The Week. I will not be seeing any further movie or television show you work on, and would urge others who think of themselves as decent people to do the same. May you be driven from your industry, and be looked upon as the biggot that you are. Fuck yourself very much.