Caitlyn Jenner excitedly wrote on Twitter “What the hell am I going to wear?” when it was announced that the reality star was to be honored at next month’s ESPY’s with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
Caitlyn is the new female identity of former Olympic gold-medal winner Bruce Jenner, which was revealed Monday
But now some are crying foul over ESPN’s decision to choose Jenner, 65, instead of Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill, who courageously battled brain cancer while staying on the university team. The 19-year-old lost her fight against cancer on April 10 . . .
Lauren Hill deserves the ESPY award for courage, and it should not even be a discussion. What an absolute embarrassment. #LaurenHillESPY
— Josh (@WizardofBozBus) June 3, 2015
But Hill wasn’t the only overlooked candidate people were made about. Iraq veteran Noah Galloway, who lost most of an arm and a leg fighting, but still competes in extreme sports and almost won this season’s “Dancing With the Stars,” also had hundreds of tweets from fans irate over Jenner’s choice.
#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
ESPN would only say to FOX411 of their decision-making process that “many people are discussed every year,” and that “there is no such thing as a runner-up.” They also provided a written statement which said Jenner was chosen “to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.” (Read more from “Define ‘Courage’: Anger Over Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner Being Chosen Over Lauren Hill, Noah Galloway for ESPY Award” HERE)