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Peter Berg Has the 'Utmost Respect' for Caitlyn Jenner

Peter Berg Has the 'Utmost Respect' for Caitlyn Jenner

Peter Berg has taken to Instagram to explain why he posted a transphobic meme about Caitlyn Jenner during the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

The 51-year-old director is best known for directing the films Lone Survivor, Battleship, and Friday Night Lights. He shared a meme that showed side-by-side photos of Caitlyn an Army veteran/double amputee along with this caption: “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?”

Here is what Peter wrote on Thursday afternoon to clarify his intentions by posting the meme: “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.”

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  • alex

    the meme puts it perfectly, I agree 100%

  • Sandra Oh

    There’s always will be a-holes in this world. Another reason to bring the bullying of transgendered people to the forefront. Point proven.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    courage/bravery is not a damn competition……….

  • C.R.

    I wonder who or what prompted him to backtrack.

  • devvv

    People are always so quick to attack, the original picture wasn’t transphobic… Just because people don’t kiss Caitlyn’s butt and act like she’s the best thing since sliced bread, that doesn’t make them hateful or transphobic.

  • b324

    First, I find it hilarious that neither the meme nor Berg mentioned that the veteran’s name is Greg Gadson, who was in Berg’s movie Battleship.

    Second, why does it matter if Caitlyn was praised by Vanity Fair or President Obama? If you’ve got a problem with Caitlyn getting that award, take it to the ESPY’s and them alone. I don’t see anyone getting angry that people who catch footballs for a living are being treated to a whole awards show. Why not belittle their lifestyle and get angry that they are getting praised and awards and not veterans? I mean when does the bigotry end? How about instead of getting angry that a veteran didn’t get some award, get angry that no one seems to care about veterans not being more praised and helped by some award ceremony or getting help from Congress who keeps voting against bills that would help them.

    Lastly, veterans and someone who is transgender can both be heroic and brave to a variety of people. They can inspire anyone from straight men and women, gay men and women, young adults, teens and everyone in between. On Sunday night, a young teenager may have been contemplating suicide because they don’t feel “normal” in a normal obsessed society, especially if they read arrogant memes like the one posted but then they turned on the ESPY’s and saw how accepted Caitlyn is by the audience or heard her words and thought, “I’m going to be okay” and chose not to kill themself. Isn’t that something to be praised?

  • b324

    I guess the meme’s words went right over your head.

  • Kaitlyn

    It’s amazing that Bruce Jenner is the guy that has Hollywood by the balls.

  • Blair Kimberlin

    I was hoping someone would stick to their guns when the decried Caitlyn’s winning of a sports award for bravery. I guess he caved to outside pressure. i’m not saying that she isn’t brave for putting such a controversial change out there in the public’s eye. I just don’t think she should get a “sports” award for it

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  • Cruizin1960

    Berg was right on target with his original comment. There was nothing transphobic about it…merely questioning Jenner’s receiving this Courage Award when there are those who have courageously sacrificed so much for the rest of us…putting their lives on the line. IMO that is far more courageous than what Jenner did.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    A publicity whore is never brave for doing anything in public or the public eye as you say. She is a reality ho. Ratings are her life. Not her Olympics nor her family, nor her T. Her ratings.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    His sentiment was real. Hers is based on ratings.

  • Holden17C

    What does giving Jenner the ESPY Ashe award have to do with returning vets? Previous recipients of the Ashe award include Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Robin Roberts, and Pat Summit. They weren’t vets either. Ali actually refused to serve in Vietnam. I’m not even sure if Arthur Ashe was a vet. Many people feel that others were more deserving of the Ashe award than Jenner — nothing wrong with that — but that still has nothing to do with the military. This goes beyond comparing apples and oranges. Berg is comparing apples and bricks.

  • Eighmy

    I wish, just once, people would stick to their original statement when they mean it instead of caving to the PC police.

  • JonnyNinja

    No I think they went over your head. Pointing out that what Bruce Jenner did to himself wasn’t really “courageous” isn’t “transphobic”, it’s just true.

  • JonnyNinja

    That’s just a moronic comment. Fact is, plenty of people (soldiers) have done things that are actually courageous and actually deserve an award. The thin skin of the pc crowd (you included) is ridiculous.

    Let me make it more clear: Bruce Jenner doesn’t deserve a “courage award” for this any more than you deserve an “intelligence award” for all your stupid crying.

  • JonnyNinja

    I think the larger point is that Hollywood and a sizable chunk of society is confused as to what actual courage is. Chopping of your manhood and getting a teat job isn’t courage.

  • JonnyNinja

    That’s all well and good, friend, but Bruce Jenner is hardly courageous for this. He’s just a publicity whore not to be outdone by his family that’s full of publicity whores. That’s the point.

  • suzybel

    Exactly and he’s milking it for all it’s worth.

  • Sandra Oh

    Opinions are like assholes so you are certainly entitled to yours no matter how moronic and transphobic it is. I’m not crying, I’m laughing at your rants and stupidity. Keep on keeping on moron.