Peter Berg’s respect for Caitlyn Jenner dwindled after he mocked the Olympian while she accepted her ESPY courage award. It started when on Thursday when he posted a photo to Instagram that showed double-amputee U.S. Army veteran Gregory D. Gadson next to Olympic Gold-medalist Jenner, according to News Max.
Berg, who is executive producer the NBC football series “Friday Night Lights,” backtracked after making the controversial statement. Peter admits that he went too far and should’ve kept his comments to himself.
“One Man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs,” the caption read. “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?”
Peter Berg’s respect has now changed after the tweet caused a social media uproar, both supporting and slamming his stance. But on Thursday the 51-year-old seemed to backpedal, claiming that he wasn’t attacking Caitlyn, but merely highlighting the fact that war vets do not get proportionate attention or respect.
“I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere,” he wrote in a subsequent Instagram post, beneath a picture claiming some 4,334 vets have committed suicide this year. “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.”
Berg didn’t create the original meme, but he is very familiar with the subject matter. Peter cast Colonel Gadson in his first film role - Battleship - a film that he also recruited real US Navy sailors to man the ships.
The image itself was created by Facebook group Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts, who first shared the image on June 3. Just hours before the image was shared, Jenner was on stage giving a moving 10-munute speech in which she gave a heartfelt appeal on behalf of trans youth.
“Trans people deserve something vital,” she said. “They deserve your respect.”
Peter was not alone in his slamming of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star receiving the accolade given to sports-related people whose contributions transcend sports. Berg was among other athletes and sports reporters who were none-too-pleased about the honor including star NFL wide receiver Torrey Smith who seemingly questioned the former Olympian’s merits on the athletic field.
The Baltimore Ravens player wrote: “Unless I’m understanding this wrong Bruce Jenner is no more…It’s Caitlin right? What Olympic medal has she won?”
Peter Berg’s respect for Caitlyn Jenner received a lot of backlash after he posted the comment to social media. But few people believe that he’s entitled to free speech, although the timing of this matter hits a very sensitive subject.