Twitter users are threatening to boycott ESPN after it was announced that former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner would be awarded the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2015 ESPYs.
The hashtag #BoycottESPN is trending on Twitter, with many users pointing to athletes they believe have shown more courage than Jenner, who transitioned from Bruce Jenner in April. One of the popular choices is Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old cancer patient who fulfilled her dream of playing college basketball before her untimely death.
#LaurenHillESPY Elective surgery isn't courage or bravery. Fighting brain cancer with grace and dignity at 19 is. Lauren is most deserving.
— Kristin (@KristinH1998) June 3, 2015
— Justin Walters (@juttwalters) June 2, 2015
— The S.o.B (@Sun_Of_A_Butch) June 3, 2015
Others recommended Noah Galloway, the double amputee Iraq veteran who became a long distance runner and a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.
— Ronan Mulhern (@rmuls513) June 2, 2015
— Dugz (@Sduggan26) June 3, 2015
— Steve B (@IslandTimeDawg) June 3, 2015
If Caitlyn Jenner is more courageous then Noah Galloway then I'm not sure what kinda world I'm living in… pic.twitter.com/AbJLuzVpJa
— Caylee Roth (@CayNoel) June 2, 2015
— RJ Grund (@rjgrund) June 3, 2015
But the overarching theme was displeasure with the choice of Jenner, with many chalking it up to liberal bias on the part of the Walt Disney Corporation-owned network.
— LTC_W (@Screaming_Eagle) June 3, 2015
— Jonathan Argo (@J_A_R_G_O) June 1, 2015
— JeremyRN (@RedJ44) June 3, 2015