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As Caitlyn Jenner took to social media to promote her plastic surgeons, NBA sportscaster Bob Costas proclaimed her unworthy of an ESPY courage award.
Those predicting a backlash to the outpouring of support for Jenner's very public gender transition can begin a round of 'I Told You So!'
Speaking with The Dan Patrick Show, Costas said:
It strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play – it’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve found someone – and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner – who was much closer actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what that award represents. That’s not to say it doesn’t take some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done.
Costas summed up with a point that's hard to argue.
And I think this is a play to pump up audience the way lots of things are put on television, to attract eyeballs, not because of the validity, but because of whatever the kind of gawker factor is.
Because ESPN is showbiz, after all.
Last week, the few who criticized or joked about Jenner were roundly rebuked. Today, Bob Costas is free to speak without censure.
Meanwhile, seemingly oblivious of the rumble of a backlash, Jenner posed for a photo with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Harrison Lee, handing him an autographed copy of the now iconic Vanity Fair July issue. Lee said he was honored to work with Jenner but somewhat nervous as well,
because of her celebrity status and the fact that she's going to finally expose herself for (who) she is, and it'll be one of the most judged faces on the planet.
While Jenner's transition was commended with enthusiasm by much of the world, including President Obama, some in the transgender community in particular were careful to point out that people shouldn't fixate on Caitlyn as the poster child for trans issues. Because Jenner is a star with the resources to turn herself into a beauty queen, she is far from representative of the community at large.
Jenner says she plans to do what she can for the transgender community, and so far no one can dispute that she has raised awareness. But will her 'personal journey' turn out to be mostly a money-making spectacle?
Watch her reality show to find out. Or rather, watch social media, where judgement could be brutal and swift.