Caitlyn Jenner showed tremendous courage when she made her Vanity Fair debut on Monday. Hours later, it was announced she'd be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in July.
However, not everyone is happy with the decision — especially Tom Cruise’s 20-year-old son Connor Cruise.
“Really?? Winning the AA award for courage?? Ashton is gonna (sic) come out and yell PUNK'D,” Connor wrote Wednesday in a now deleted tweet. “Don't get me wrong. Do what you feel like doing and don't let anyone stop you. But everyone is taking this way too seriously.”
The former Bruce Jenner at the 1976 Olympics. (Photo Credit: Getty)
“There are so many more important things that should be talked about…And SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT PEOPLE that actually deserve an award,” he continued. “I'm totally supportive of people staying true to themselves and finding true happiness in whatever way they can.
"There are just way more things that we as a nation and as a planet should be talking about and working on.”
Following the Internet backlash, the DJ was quick to clear up his opinions with his 18,000 Twitter followers.
This isn’t the only backlash Caitlyn is facing from sports buffs. On Monday, a change.org petition was filed, asking the International Olympic Committee to revoke her medals — and it has already received more than 10,000 signatures!
“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 reads.
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Many individuals were also upset that Caitlyn beat out 19-year-old Lauren Hill, a basketball player from Mount St. Joseph who lost her brain cancer battle in April. She was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma at age 18, a rare form of cancer typically found in children ages four through nine. Before she passed, she raised more then $1 million for research, and even won the attention of well-known athletes like LeBron James.
Lauren Hill (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Lauren's supporters took to Twitter to express outrage, putting #LaurenHillESPY into overdrive.
"#LaurenHillESPY Elective surgery isn't courage or bravery. Fighting brain cancer with grace and dignity at 19 is. Lauren is most deserving," one user wrote.
The ESPY Awards take place on July 15.