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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Noah Galloway is no Runner-Up

There is a rumor that cyborg athlete Noah Galloway was passed up for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award by ESPN.  That description is literally true. The rumor is phrased in such a way to give the impression that Noah Galloway is the runner-up for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award while the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is awarded to Caitlyn Jenner. That description is a lie.

Caitlyn Jenner is the recipient of this award.  Noah Galloway deserves this award.  Neither statement is in dispute.

When I finally read the rumor it had taken the form of a meme.  The meme is an outright lie.

ESPN has never given any hint as to who else was considered to recieve the Arthur Ashe Courage Award this year.  Noah Galloway was not mentioned by ESPN.  All of this fake outrage was fueled by a lie.  Naturally many ideologues that consider themselves to be conservatives and tell other people that they are conservatives, fauxservatives, fell for the lie and wrapped themselves in it so they can feel good about throwing silly tantrums at the world while telling lies to their friends.  In part, of course, this lie feeds into their need to worship soldiers and war.

When informed of the lie that they soaked themselves in, guzzled, imbibed, and drank to their very souls, these fauxservatives will, and I have seen this, justify their anger and their nonsense with a sentence that starts with the phrase "true or not".  That just says "my rage is valid even if the facts only exist in my own head"or "well it might as well be true." It is either true or it is not. If it is not these people should pull their asses back to reality.

The truth always matters.

Many raging wankers reserve the right to hold a lie to their hearts in order to justify their own feelings.

There are a couple of facts. The first is that there are plenty of people more deserving of this award, or any award, than a guy whose award was granted for his attitude in the face of his own body modification.  The second is that if ESPN were considering Noah Galloway at any time for this award, he would be a runner-up; the second fact is true but only hypothetical as we have no way to know that ESPN considered the army veteran for the award at all this year.

Interestingly, Caitlyn Jenner is the name used to identify a 65-year-old woman while the award given out in the name of Arthur Ashe is granted to athletes; Bruce Jenner was a professional athlete.
Jenner’s unyielding resolve and hard work enabled him to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and break world records. He then parlayed that success into a variety of roles across different areas including television, film, auto racing and business. Although Jenner first captured the attention of the nation for his athletic prowess and determination, the same strength of character shone through this past April when he sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to come out as a transgender woman.
“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” said Jenner. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers.”
The premise is that Caitlyn is the true self and that Bruce Jenner was the lie.  The professional athelet, whose athleticism won those contests was the lie and the present state, a result of modification through surgery and drugs, is the truth?  Considering that many athletes win these contests and competitions through unnatural modifications of the body this is not ironic.

We should be clear that the transition from Bruce to Caitlyn hardly qualifies or disqualifies someone for an Arthur Ashe Courage Award but it is clear now that this was given for a more political reason, a fashion reason, than anything to reflect actual courage or heroism.  A sex change is an indulgence; a public release of this by a former celebrity is certainly an indulgence.  An indulgence is not now nor has it ever been an act of courage.

I should never have to type that sentence.  How is anyone embracing the idea that what is effectively a press release is courageous when real people risk their lives for higher causes every day?

Some people need their knees smashed with a clue stick.  They include the people that call Bruce Jenner courageous and they especially include people that deny whether the truth matters.

Obviously the clue stick is not a literal stick and I do not endorse attacking literal knees.  But I do endorse feeling every ounce of contrition and misery.

In either case the origin for this stupid lie stems from some guy on the Twitter telling a joke.
Whether Callahan intended to bear false witness or was being facetious is unknown. I speculate the latter.  As it is though, he also posted something mocking Bruce Jenner's chosen name.
I do not join in the spirit of the mockery but I agree that Caitlin or Caitlyn sounds like the name of someone named less than 25 years ago, not 65 years ago. Mr Jenner certainly did not embrace dignity with this change, but that's likely why he got the award.

Frankly this nontroversy has brought Bruce Jenner back to light for the first time in ages; outside the reality show viewer community his star has long faded.  Beyond that I'm unfortunately not a good enough sports fan to know who Arthur Ashe is, that he died of AIDS, or have heard of his award until today; I never watch the Espys.  It's also especially true that heroes, veterans like Mr Galloway do not require awards.  He does what he does regardless of our gratitude and appreciation.  As it is, unless ESPN wants to make a specific announcement, it cannot truthfully be said that Noah Galloway is a runner-up for the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

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