‘I think Arthur Ashe and Caitlyn Jenner have very little in common,’ as Comedian D.L. Hughley Criticizes Decision to Give ‘Caitlyn Jenner’ ESPYs Award!
Comedian/TV Actor D.L. Hughley is definitely not a fan of Caitlyn Jenner (former Bruce Jenner), and he’s not hiding it from the world!
In an on-air interview with TMZ that was posted on Friday, the 52-year-old, known for his work on The Original Kings of Comedy, criticized the decision to give the reality star the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs. CLICK HERE to read Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional acceptance speech as she received the award.
“She is a beautiful woman, isn’t she?” the TMZ cameraman asked Hughley.
“No,” he replied quickly, before launching into comedy shtick. Many standup comedians, especially in Los Angeles, have joked about Jenner onstage since she revealed her female identity.
“In a Miss Doubtfire kind of way. Stop it,” Hughley said, adding that Jenner “looks like very P.E. teacher I’ve ever had.”
Jenner has not commented on his insulting remarks. And Hughley is standing by them. On Saturday, he posted on Twitter a photo showing Jenner at the ESPYs and a picture of Robin Williams as his title character in Mrs. Doubtfire.
“Somebody tell me I’m wrong #TeamDL,” Hughley tweeted.
Some found his comment funny, while others however slammed him for his remarks and called him a bully.
“Wooow you are seriously so irresponsible to use your fame to ruthlessly bully this woman,” one person replied. “What did Jenner do to u?? pathetic.”
“I’ve now unfollowed on FB & Twitter,” another user said. “I don’t get your bullying. Always thought you’d support people living their true selves.”
Ashe, the first and only black man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, died at age 49 in 1993 after battling AIDS. Hughley told TMZ he was a “symbol of courage.”
“He fought AIDS with dignity and honor and Caitlyn Jenner put on a dress,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the same thing.”
Reactions to Jenner’s speech were mixed. Many said on social media that the Arthur Ashe Courage Award should have gone to Lauren Hill, a Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball player who raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research before she died of the brain cancer at age 19 last April. During the ESPYs, her parents accepted another honor, the Best Moment Award, on her behalf.
“I think that Lauren Hill was courage in the name of sports,” Hughley told TMZ. “I think Arthur Ashe and Caitlyn Jenner have very little in common.”
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