Let Me Address All the Bigots and Fools Bashing Caitlyn Jenner Following Inspirational ESPY Speech

jenner-espysLet me start off by saying I didn’t think Caitlyn Jenner should have won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s annual awards ceremony, the ESPY’s. Personally I feel it should have gone to 19-year-old Lauren Hill, the freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University who died this past April from pediatric brain cancer. If you don’t know her story, you can check it out here.

That being said, Jenner’s acceptance speech last night was phenomenal.

For around 10 minutes, Jenner stood in front of the world and spoke about the struggles transgender people deal with every day of their lives. It’s unconscionable for me to watch that speech and imagine anyone but the most petty, hateful and vile bigots having anything but positive things to say about it.

My favorite part came toward the end of the speech when she spoke about courage:

I owe a lot to sports. It’s showed me the world. It’s given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me, well you know what, I was the MVP of the football team that just wasn’t going to be a problem. If you want to call me names, make jokes, or doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there, coming to terms to being true to who they are – they shouldn’t have to take it.

This world is difficult enough without those among us who feel the need to bring down (or even try to break down) others seemingly for their own enjoyment or to mask their own insecurities.

I’ve detested bullies for my entire life. Bullies are the people who prey on those who they feel stronger than. They go after what they see as weakness because they’re just too damn cowardly to take on someone who they feel can fight back. They’re bottom-feeders who get some sort of sick enjoyment out of making others miserable.

Naturally, there were plenty of “bullies” (especially online) out in force doing exactly what Jenner said they would do… calling her names, making jokes and doubting her intentions. Because that’s the thing about willful ignorance – it’s predictable.

But what I don’t understand, and what never makes sense to me no matter how much I contemplate it, is why do people oppose equal rights for the LGBT community? Don’t these people have enough going on in their own lives to where they don’t need to spend time purposefully making strangers’ lives more difficult? If not, they really need to find some damn hobbies.

So, some claim it’s against their religion. To those people I simply ask – who cares? How does someone else being gay, marrying someone of the same-sex or even having a sex change have any impact on your religious beliefs or soul’s eternal resting place?

It’s astonishing to me how some feel the need to judge, belittle, mock and hate people whom they’ve never met.

Let me tell all of these bigots and hateful pricks something: I’m a Christian, so I know a little about the faith. And if there’s one thing I know about Jesus Christ and the values for which he lived and died, it’s this: True Christianity frowns upon assholes.

Just because many of you might feel being gay or transgender is a sin doesn’t mean God’s smiling down on you all as “good Christians.” There are many ways to “sin” in the Bible and being a group of unrelenting, hateful, spiteful bastards is among them.

Remember, as a woman was set to be stoned for committing the sin of adultery, Jesus said:

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. 

It’s a phrase that speaks for itself: Don’t judge anyone unless you, yourself, cannot be judged.

Life is too short and too precious to waste worrying about what others are doing – so why do these anti-gay bigots spend so much of their time obsessed about the personal lives of millions of people they’ll never meet? It absolutely baffles me.

It sickens me to think about the children out there now who are going to die, either through murder or suicide, just because of the ridicule and hate cast upon them by those who just can’t mind their own damn business.

So, to these prejudiced, judgmental bottom-feeders I say this: Bring your spiteful, petty hate to me. I’m easy to find. Here’s my Twitter and my Facebook. You want to mock someone, try to mock me and the millions of others like me who fight for the rights of those who aren’t always able to fight for themselves. Millions of straight Christians like myself choose to defend the rights of those within the LGBT community, while you cowardly waste time trying to suffocate their Constitutional rights with your cherry-picked Bibles and misinterpreted scripture. Enough is enough.

LGBT people didn’t choose to be who they are, they were born that way. Many of their lives are made far more difficult not because of who they are, but because of who you are – sad, pathetic individuals who try to fill the emptiness inside of themselves by making other people feel just as miserable as they do.

Watch Caitlyn Jenner’s speech below via ESPN:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Troy Dempsey

    Isn’t this article hypocritical? Aren’t you being judgmental of those who are being judgmental?

    • Laura Brown

      That isn’t a thing.

      • Troy Dempsey

        He is being judgmental and hypocritical here. For example: “…because they’re just too damn cowardly…” or, “They’re bottom-feeders who get some sort of sick enjoyment out of making others miserable…”, and “…bigots and hateful pricks…”, or maybe, “True Christianity frowns upon assholes.” and then there’s, “…bigots and hateful pricks something…” AND THEN HE ADDS: “It’s astonishing to me how some feel the need to judge, belittle, mock and hate people whom they’ve never met.” Now look up “Judgmental” & “hypocritical” and tell me that’s not how he’s behaving in this article.

      • Alice

        No, Troy. Just like calling someone out for bullying isn’t bullying. And anyway, even if you don’t like how the author delivers the message, the message is still valid.

      • Troy Dempsey

        I do agree with the general message, but the author is clearly being hypocritical and judgmental. Whether or not the base message is correct or incorrect it doesn’t negate the hypocrisy of how it is presented.

        Remember when your mom told you two wrongs don’t make a right? Or when Jesus told people don’t return evil for evil? If it’s wrong for the attacker to be judgmental then it is also wrong for the defender to be judgmental. The reason is irrelevant. Jesus didn’t say “don’t return evil for evil – unless you have a good reason”.

        IF being judgmental IS correct based on a valid reason then what judgmental Christians are doing is permissible because they believe they have a valid reason. If being judgmental IS WRONG regardless of the reason then the author is wrong for being judgmental. Either way the author is wrong in being judgmental and hypocritical.

      • Alice

        None of which negates the author’s message.

  • LASunLover

    Why label one a “Bigot” simply because they may not agree with your
    thoughts/feelings about Bruce Jenner. The ESPY awards is supposed to be
    about sports, not about a man’s transition to a woman! An award for his
    accomplishments in sports/swimming is great, but please do not try to put
    others down because they do not agree. We all have an opinion. Allow others
    to express theirs just as you have. I have to wonder if indeed Mr. Jenner has the same emotion about that poor woman who died after his car hit her car in Malibu?

    • Crystal Carpenter

      I think you missed the point of this article. He was saying there is no reason to be cruel yes you might not agree but it’s not necessary to break someone down. There is too much hate in the world today. Just love each other and accept each other’s differences.

    • Arachne646

      The Arthur Ashe award is for courage that transcends sports. And we are discussing Caitlynn Jenner. It is extremely rude to refer to someone with the name and pronouns which are inappropriate. Doing that makes you look like a transphobic bigot.

      • Flat Banana

        You must’ve read that on one of your liberal sites, it seems as if you copy and pasted that here. Think for yourself for just one time at least.

    • Alice

      If you’ll look up the definition of bigot, you’ll find that it’s “One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.” If you meet the parameters of that definition, then you’re a bigot. Nobody’s labeling you that, you just are. Of course you’re entitled to your opinion. However, sharing that opinion may reveal that you are, in fact, a bigot. (Or not, depending on your opinion.) But don’t blame people for labeling you. Being a bigot is about you, not about people labeling you.

      • LASunLover

        Alice, please go and thake a seat! You do not know me, and you have no clue! You are upset simply because I do not agree with your opinion of Bruce Jenner. If I agreed with you there would be no problem! This is a public forum. People post comments in open, public, forums. I know what a bigot is. I wrote about bigots for years. I also wrote and know about those who would use others as a way to exploit (is that who you are?) and hide, however you have no respect if others opinions, or for those who may not think as you do. So…… who is the bigot? End of the story!

  • Flat Banana

    The fact that Jenner got this award is ridiculous and is the media’s attempt to generate viewers on a horrible award show. Awards show are only in place to generate viewership. Jenner did nothing to further a sport this year or last year. Giving Jenner the award was merely a plug for the LGBT community. There were more than just one person in sports over the past year that deserved this award more than Jenner. If the LGBT community wants to create awareness to their cause, bring someone who has actually lived the life for years that Jenner claims to have lived. Even in the speech Jenner says how people are being abused and killed, those are the people that should be the ambassadors to the cause not some rich white person living with all the luxuries in life.