OUTRAGE OVER ESPN GIVING BRUCE JENNER ‘COURAGE’ AWARD OVER LAUREN HILL
by WILLIAM BIGELOW
16 Jul 2015
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The Internet sears with outrage over ESPN’s bestowal of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on the Athlete Formerly Known as Bruce Jenner rather than giving it to Lauren Hill, the utterly courageous 19-year-old woman who battled inoperable brain cancer while playing basketball for Mount St. Joseph’s.
Before she died in April, Hill had achieved a dream of her own, scoring the first and last basket when Mount St. Joseph’s defeated Hiram College 66-55 on November 2014. The courageous young woman, knowing she wouldn’t survive, decided to use her notoriety to raise money for cancer research; by last November, she had raised $1 million for DIPC Cancer Research.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that a possible reason for the honoring of Jenner derived from a deal between ABC and Jenner. ABC televised the ESPYs and Jenner had granted an exclusive interview to ABC’s Diane Sawyer in April regarding the gender transition Jenner was undergoing. The interview grabbed huge ratings.
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This is a disgrace, and why TV is dying.
I mean no ill will to anyone.
“Bruce” Jenner is working through his issues. And, I really feel sorry for his troubles.
That being said, ESPN / ABC / DISNEY has disgraced themselves. I used to think a lot of Disney and ESPN. ABC not at all.
This demonstrates that this entity is all about “political correctness” and money.
So, I’ve put ESPN on my personal “ESAD” (“eat <synonym for excrement> and die”) list.
True; they probably won’t notice, but I will.
I used to like to watch “sports” and PTI was particularly “fun”. Not any more.
Maybe if everyone turns the ESPN / ABC / DISNEY products off, then they will get the message.
(I used to like the view before Rosie became the wicked witch of the west. And there was some balance on the politics. Just how out of touch it’s become is evidence by Whoopie being taken to the management woodshed to stop defending Cosby. It’s all about PC and $.)
Sadly, I’ve realize that it IS the “vast wasteland”.
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