A Conservative MP is taking heat after re-tweeting a post that was critical of Caitlyn Jenner winning a courage award instead of a U.S. military veteran.
St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra re-tweeted the following post on Wednesday, which criticized the decision to hand ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Jenner over Noah Galloway, an Iraq vet who lost two limbs, but went on to run marathons and partake in CrossFit competitions.
The award is handed out by ESPN in recognition of athletes who show "strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost."
What a joke pic.twitter.com/SD7sTVzGSY— Military USA (@MiIitaryUSA) June 2, 2015
Chris Bittle, the Liberal candidate in St. Catharines, was among those who deemed Dykstra's tweet "transphobic."
— Chris Bittle (@Chris_Bittle) June 3, 2015
damage control at @RickDykstra in t-minus one hour
how tone-deaf can you get?— Niagara Next (@NiagaraNext) June 3, 2015
— Dylan Powell (@dylanxpowell) June 3, 2015
Dykstra responded to some of the criticism himself.
@Katie_Kats1 Individuals make these decisions and never seek out media or special interviews. It was a story, it's overplayed now.— Rick Dykstra (@RickDykstra) June 3, 2015
Galloway, however, was not passed over for the award in favour of Jenner, The Washington Post reported.
No other nominees were mentioned in ESPN's news release about the award.
But the post about Galloway doesn't represent the only criticism of ESPN's decision to honour Jenner.
Others have criticized the fact that Jenner is receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award instead of Lauren Hill, a college basketball player who died of a brain tumour during her freshman year.
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