Caitlyn critic’s karma: Caitlyn Jenner Terry Coffey

Published: June 6, 2015

Caitlyn critic’s karma: Caitlyn Jenner Terry Coffey, A viral photo shared on Facebook more than 775,000 times contrasting Caitlyn Jenner’s bravery with that of combat soldiers took an “ironic twist,” according to the Oregon man who posted it, after he discovered the true nature of the dramatic image.

On Monday, Terry Coffey posted a photo of what he believed was a wounded World War II soldier firing his gun at the enemy while being carried to safety. Coffey added a caption to the photo:

“As I see post after post about Bruce Jenner’s transition to a woman, and I hear words like, bravery, heroism and courage, just thought I’d remind all of us what real American courage, heroism and bravery looks like!”

The post — which has been shared more than 775,000 times — began to gain traction on social media about the same time as unconfirmed reports were spreading that ESPN selected Jenner for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award over a veteran who lost an arm and a leg in combat.

As Coffey’s image continued to be shared, several commenters were quick to point out the back story of the photograph.

The image is credited to Mark Hogancamp, who created the photo as part of an exercise to manage his pain after he was nearly beaten to death by five men in New York 15 years ago because he was crossdressing. He suffered serious brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, which he combats by creating World War II narratives with one-sixth scale using dolls.


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