Comedian insults Caitlyn: Dl Hughley Caitlyn
Published: July 20, 2015
Comedian insults Caitlyn: Dl Hughley Caitlyn, Comedian D.L. Hughley said he believes Caitlyn Jenner was undeserving of the ESPYs’ Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
He said the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion’s much publicized decision to become a woman did not rise to the same level of courage as displayed by the late Ashe, the only African-American man to win Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.
Speaking with TMZ, the outspoken Hughley said that Ashe achieved success in “a very segregated profession, he fought AIDS with dignity and honor, and Caitlyn Jenner put on a dress. I don’t think it’s the same thing.”
“I think Arthur Ashe and Caitlyn Jenner have very little in common,” he added.
He mentioned Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old college basketball player who died of cancer in April, as a possible recipient.
The comic also referenced the recent flap caused when a Twitter user criticized tennis star Serena Williams’ appearance.
“In the last month, we had the media telling us that Caitlyn Jenner was beautiful and that Serena Williams looks like a man,” Hughley said. “That was a little weird to me. The man looks like a woman, but the woman looks like a man. That’s ridiculous. Serena Williams is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on a tennis court, and Bruce Jenner looks like every P.E. teacher I ever had.”
He compared Jenner’s appearance to that of Mrs. Doubtfire, a movie character portrayed by the late Robin Williams in drag.
Later, Hughley posted a link to the TMZ interview on his Facebook page. It received more than 4,600 likes and 800 shares.
In response to a comment criticizing his remarks, Hughley replied, “I think ur wrong and I stand by every single thing I said! I don’t know how to stoop but I got the standing thing down pretty good.”
Following his comments to TMZ, Hughley tweeted to his 267,000 Twitter followers: “Ask me no questions cuz I’ll tell u no lies!! #TeamDl.”
Hughley was not alone in questioning the ESPY’s choice.
Sportscaster Bob Costas last month described the awarding the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Jenner as a “crass exploitation play – it’s a tabloid play.”
“I think every year we look across the landscape of sports and we find prominent people and kids in high school and amateur athletes who I think more closely fit the description of what they’re looking for, or should be looking for there,” Costas said. “I think this is just a play to pump up audience. The way lots of things are put on television to attract eyeballs, not because of the validity, but because of whatever the kind of gawker factor is.”
Jenner accepted the award on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender.
She received a standing ovation after an emotional10-minute speech recounting her journey. “I dealt with my situation on my own in private. It’s been eye-opening, inspiring and also frightening.”
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