At the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage. Um, why? As Glenn has pointed out time and time again since Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, she is being heralded as “brave” and “courageous” while we ignore true courage. Why are we not celebrating the Christians who die at the hands of the Islamic State who refuse to convert? Or the soldier fighting for a our freedom overseas? America’s definition of “courage” has fundamentally transformed.
Below is a rush transcript of this segment from radio, it may contain errors:
Mike Broomhead: Very quickly, last night, the ESPY Awards have been the big story when you look anywhere. The ESPY Awards. Look at the Blaze.com. You'll see a headline there. Caitlyn Jenner. Courage in sports award. Cracked some funny jokes last night about the dress that she had to pick out and said, ladies, I get it. You know, ask the critics to be kind because she said I'm new at this. So at least there was some humor there. My problem -- I have no problem with discussing what happened on the ESPYs last night. Evolving as a society, it happens with every generation. My problem is the importance placed on some of the things that are happening right now. And everyone is looking for a victory. So when the gay marriage decision was handed down by the Supreme Court, it was seen as a civil rights victory all the way back to the 1960s and the Jim Crow laws and the -- I just look at what's happening now. And it seems to me to be such hollow victories. The fact that a man that won Olympic gold as Bruce Jenner is now winning an award for courage as Caitlyn Jenner. I've never been one to hammer someone else for their life.
It's none of my business. But I don't understand as a society that these are the victories that we seek out. It's almost as if it is an intentional distraction from the realities of what's coming down the road. We look at the economy of Greece. And I'm not a naysayer. I'm not a doom and gloom person. I really love to look at what's best about us. There's plenty of that to talk about. I just don't understand why the Caitlyn Jenner story is the greatest American story of the year.
So in the next hour, we'll talk about the president. Prison reform. Veterans Administration. Illegal immigration. And some things and numbers that you will not believe. I can promise you that. So stick around. My name is Mike Broomhead. This, of course, is the Glenn Beck Program.
Featured Image: LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)