This is horrible. A new petition on Change.org is aiming to revoke Caitlyn Jenner’s 1976 decathlon gold model, by claiming she violated the International Olympic Committee’s gender rules by competing with men.
Caitlyn Jenner, 65, deserves what she’s worked for, but unfortunately, not everyone agrees. A petition to revoke her 1976 Olympic gold medal went viral on June 3, gaining hundreds of supporters within an hour. The group is claiming that Caitlyn violated the International Olympic Committee’s gender rules by competing with men as Bruce Jenner, when she really identified as a woman.
The petition was started on June 1 by Jennifer Bradford, the same day when Caitlyn made her debut as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair. The viral petition, which is aiming for the IOC to take back her legendary victory from the Montreal Olympics, argues her win is a “problem.” The letter states:
Dear International Olympic Committee,
It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. 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 is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself.
Caitlyn’s accomplishments in her lifetime are personally hers, and she should be able to proudly hold onto them. Her courageous story of living life under her own happiness as a woman has received an outpouring amount of positive response from fans, family and friends. If you need proof of how influential she is, get this — she set the Guinness World Record for reaching one million Twitter followers in four hours, beating out President Obama.
Caitlyn is looking forward to receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 15. In fact, it will be one heck of an emotional moment for her and she’s so worried she’ll tear up on stage!
“She’s mostly worried about getting up there and crying her eyes out…and having her makeupbeing ruined by her tears,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She’s been joking to friends, saying, ‘I can’t get up there and look like a hot mess. Caitlyn’s going to do her best to keep it together!’” To hear more about the incredible reveal of Caitlyn Jenner, head over to iTunes and download the HollywoodLife podcast for free!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Caitlyn’s gold medal should be revoked? Let us know!
— Julianne Ishler