Twitter Is Still Calling Caitlyn Jenner “Bruce”

Critics slam Jenner and ESPN over the coveted Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Jul 15, 2015 at 11:54 AM ET

People on Twitter are still referring to Caitlyn Jenner as “Bruce” as they voice their rage over ESPN’s decision to give her the coveted Arthur Ashe Courage Award at Wednesday’s ESPY Award, which honors athletic achievements from the last year.

Of the more than 1,640 tweets about Jenner and the award ceremony, at least 280 posts slammed ESPN for its decision to give “Bruce” the award. Some even called for sports fans to boycott ESPN on Wednesday. The remaining tweets refer to her as Caitlyn.

The decision to give Jenner the award, which was named after the beloved tennis player who died in the 90s, sparked a media debate over her worthiness as a recipient. People on Twitter have not been shy about expressing their dismay, and at least one prominent figure from the media has jumped in the fray. Sportscaster Bob Costas said last week on “The Dan Patrick Show”  that the move was a “crass exploitation play.”

“In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could have found — and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner — I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would have been deserving of what that award represents,” Costas said.

Some critics lamented that there are other competitive athletes more worthy of the award, including Lauren Hill, the freshman from Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University who lost a battle with an inoperable brain tumor to achieve her dream of playing college basketball. Others complained that the nomination is a publicity stunt.