Caitlyn Jenner Did NOT “Demand” ESPYs Arthur Ashe Award, Despite Report

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Caitlyn Jenner Demanded ESPYs Award

By Shari Weiss

Caitlyn Jenner Demanded ESPYs Award


RadarOnline is once again proving it knows very little about Caitlyn Jenner, and that it instead rather spread mean-spirited, sensational, and facts-challenged rumors.

According to the webloid, which routinely gets stories about the Jenners and Kardashians wrong, it was not ESPN’s idea to honor Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this week’s ESPYs, but something the network was forced into by the star’s camp. RadarOnline claims Jenner’s team was “negotiating” for the award as part of agreeing to sit down with Diane Sawyer earlier this year for the ABC “20/20” interview. As both channels are owned by Disney, the site quotes a so-called “source” as saying, “There was a hiccup during the talks about Caitlyn receiving the award, and her reps were prepared to pull her interview with Diane Sawyer if she didn’t get it.”

But the alleged Radar source claims the issue was “ironed out,” and “demanding diva” Jenner agreed to move forward with the Sawyer special on the condition she get the ESPYs honor. What the webloid flails to mention, though, is that this timeline does not jive at ALL with reality. Jenner’s interview with Sawyer was conducted and aired before the ESPYs executives made any decisions about the Arthur Ashe Award recipient.

In fact, two days BEFORE Radar posted this nonsense, Sports Illustrated published a feature story with the award show’s producers, Maura Mandt and Connor Schell, in which they explained the timing of the selection process. The magazine reported, “The final decision on the award was made shortly after Mandt met Jenner, which she said did not happen until early May.” Last time we checked, May comes AFTER February (when Jenner’s Sawyer meetings began) and April (when the interview aired). So, Radar’s allegation that Jenner only sat down with Sawyer because she was guaranteed the ESPYs award is flat-out false.

And it’s also worth noting that the site’s headline calls Jenner a “demanding diva,” a designation that sister publication OK!, and other tabloids like the New York Daily News and Life & Style, have trotted out in recent stories about the transgender star. Gossip Cop wrote about this last month, but apparently it bears repeating: Brandishing Jenner a “diva” simply because she’s now a woman is both sexist and transphobic.

Being female doesn’t automatically make one a diva, and, as Gossip Cop just proved, there aren’t facts to support claims that Jenner is exhibiting such behavior. Jenner, a former Olympian, is getting a well-deserved, well-earned honor on Wednesday. It’s a shame certain outlets can’t just let her enjoy it.

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