When Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself to the world, conservatives reacted in a very predictable fashion: recoil and disgust. When ESPY awarded Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage award, conservatives began flinging barbs and insults at her.
When the right-wing lie that she’d been chosen over a former Iraq war veteran and amputee Noah Galloway surfaced, it caused a feeding frenzy. Even after it’d been debunked, conservatives — secure in their ignorance — touted it, and continue to condemn Jenner.
But one soldier has had enough, and decimated all the hatred flung at Jenner in one social media post.
Courage, bravery, and ignorance
Among the critics was “Friday Night Lights” producer Peter Berg, who slammed Jenner on Instagram:
Berg criticized the choice with an Instagram post in which he shared, without comment, a Facebook photo by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts that featured a photo of Army veteran Gregory Gadson, who played a role in Berg’s “Battleship,” alongside one of Jenner. It says: “One Man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which Man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?”
He was far from the only one; other conservatives jumped aboard as well, attacking Jenner:
Of course, given the right-wing’s military fetish, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that soldiers were often the first cited by right wingers, as if bravery were a competition:
All this hostility was a bit much for one soldier, however, who aired his opinions on the matter in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.
“Here’s a hint: get over yourself”
U.S. Army behavioral health specialist Joey Vicente decided that enough was a enough, and posted a powerful message on his Facebook wall that showed nothing short of full support for Jenner:
Your negative opinions on Caitlyn Jenner and her deservedness of an award that you didn’t even know about until a few days ago are irrelevant.
Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant.
40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life. I’d call that a victory on any scale. I’d call that (gasp)… heroic?
You don’t like that a female who used to identify as male got an award at a ceremony run by ESPN? Here’s a hint: get over yourself. You are on the wrong side of history. Like many bigots of the civil rights era, you will one day have to answer for your hate, whether it is to your God, a loved one, or your few hundred Facebook friends that you think give the slightest bit of a shit about what kind of sandwich you ate or what kind of workout you got in today.
You want to voice your opinion? Please, I beg that you do. But in using terms like “freak” or “fa*got” you paint a much more vivid picture of yourself than you ever could of Caitlyn Jenner, a human being just now finally finding her comfort zone.
When asked about the message by Buzzfeed news, Vicente said, “Bigotry in any form is unacceptable and I guess I was just fed up with seeing people’s offensive remarks about a person they know nothing about.”
He added, “I posted what I posted because it’s what I feel,” and, “I joined the service and picked my job because I love helping people. I love positivity and I love my country.”
Now we wait to see how much right-wingers love him. Because I suspect the answer is “not very much.”
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