'Friday Night Lights' Director Slams Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY Award Win

Caitlyn Jenner ESPYS - H 2015
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Caitlyn Jenner ESPYS - H 2015

Peter Berg shared a meme criticizing Caitlyn Jenner.

Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg is very unhappy that Caitlyn Jenner was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday.

Berg shared a meme on his Instagram that many Jenner fans have called transphobic.

“One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs," reads the meme. "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?”



A photo posted by Peter Berg (@pberg44) on

The man in the photo next to Jenner is U.S. Army veteran Gregory D. Gadson, who appeared in Berg's Battleship. He is an actor and motivational speaker who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad in 2007.

Hours after Berg faced public backlash for criticizing Jenner's award win, he clarified his thoughts with a follow-up post captioned: "I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere. I also believe that we don't give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals- principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse."

Interestingly, Berg's cousin Buzz Bissinger is the author of the Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner when she first came out as Caitlyn.

The meme was created by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts.

Jessica Steindorff, one of the drivers involved in Jenner's recent fatal car crash, also spoke out against Jenner, saying: “I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honor a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show.”

July 16, 4:00 p.m. — Updated with Berg's second Instagram post