In my previous post I discussed the possibility of bribery being involved in the selection of the so called courage award for the actor formerly known as Bruce Jenner. I had planned to ask in this post if Disney might have ordered ESPN to give the award to Jenner because it was thinking about a movie deal with him to take advantage of his previous association with the popular Kardashians. Then I discovered that Disney had premiered its own reality show about a man becoming a woman called "Becoming Us" at the same time as the Vanity Fair article and the courage award announcement.
There is an old saying in the field of counter terrorism that can
apply to other areas of human behavior. "Once is an
accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is enemy
It is unlikely that those three events occurred at the same time by
coincidence. The fact that Disney was in direct control of two
events and could have influenced the third indicates that Disney
arranged for the Vanity Fair article and the award announcement to
coincide with the series premier.
My understanding of the way programs are scheduled is that schedules
are usually set months in advance because of the time needed to
write, cast and perform the program. Disney likely
told ESPN someone at Disney would select the winner of the
Arthur Ashe award so the people at ESPN wouldn't announce
giving the award to a legitimate candidate. Disney
probably didn't tell the people at ESPN the name of Disney's
selection at first to avoid the name becoming public before Disney
Jenner is in no way qualified to receive the Arthur
Ashe award because he hasn't done anything yet except
talk. A recipient of the Arthur Ashe award should first
demonstrate he can walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
In the past the award was given only after the recipient had done
something, usually over a significant period of time except in
tragic circumstances such as the Columbine massacre.
Recipients have generally either encountered personal tragedy
such as dread medical disorders or murder or done something
significant to help others.
If the award was really about the homosexual/transsexual situation,
the logical recipient would be long time female impersonator RuPaul Charles,
the so-called "drag queen " who has been impersonating women,
onstage and offstage, and helping others to do so for
years. RuPaul has improved the image of those female impersonators
called "drag queens" who had previously been at the fringe of the
entertainment field. RuPaul is a recording artist whose
recordings have appeared on the charts in both America and
Britain. RuPaul's acting credits include appearing as a woman
in movies based on the wholesome American family sitcom "The Brady Bunch".
Jenner doesn't look like he will be significantly different from any
other female impersonator. RuPaul is obviously a better choice
than Jenner if the award is to go to a female
impersonator. But then RuPaul is a black man of ordinary
means who entered the business at the bottom and worked his way
up. Jenner is a rich white guy who until recently was
part of the Kardashian family media "circus". This situation
has allowed Jenner to enter the female impersonator business at the
top with Jenner's own reality show instead of having to earn the
opportunity through performances.
I believe Jenner is getting preferential treatment because of his
association with the Kardashians, but if I were black I ,might think
otherwise. In fact if I were black and a member of a civil
rights organization I would be encouraging my fellow members to
demonstrate against Disney / ESPN because of the misuse of the
Arthur Ashe award to benefit a white entertainer.
Jenner is getting an opportunity to realize a long standing dream
and get paid for it. Other suggested candidates had to
give up their dreams, or at least alter them. There is a
saying that if life throws you lemons, you should make lemonade. Lauren Hill and
Noah Galloway didn't
just make lemonade. They made lemon meringue pie.