While the overall reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s introduction has been overwhelmingly positive, restoring our faith in the world and making Caitlyn herself feel ‘humbled’ and extremely happy, there are some who haven’t reacted quite so well.
In fact, a shocking petition has now been started urging the International Olympic Committee to actually REVOKE her incredible 1976 Olympic gold medal, as they claim she was “in violation of committee rules.”
The 65-year-old won the medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but now some are suggesting that she should give back the medal.
And by some, we mean the 9,000 people who have actually signed this piece of CRAZINESS.
The Change.org petition was created by Jennifer Bradford, who says in an open letter: “It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman.
“We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best.
“However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa.
“Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must ask whether or not it is proper that Ms. Jenner should retain her olympic records in light of this, as we must now either claim that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two entirely different people (which we know is not true), or that Bruce Jenner was, in fact, a woman participating in a men’s event.
“It is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself.”
The letter concludes: “We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.
“Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage! #givebackthegold.”
Er, pretty sure being brave enough to share her incredible story with the world shows how much she supports the transgender community, but okay.
There’s so much we could say about this, including the fact that while Caitlyn has always known she was a woman, she hadn’t actually started any hormone therapy at the time of the Olympics, and was in a man’s body at the time.
The whole thing has, understandably, faced a lot of backlash on social media, with many calling for Jennifer to drop her petition while others have created their own counter-petition.
NEW THOUGHT: Let’s leave Caitlyn to look forward to the future and enjoy finally being free, shall we? YES, yes we should.
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