Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise blasted Caitlyn Jenner on his Twitter profile, saying there are "more important things" to talk about than Jenner's gender transformation. The 20-year-old DJ also believes that other people "actually deserve an award" -- a reference to Jenner being named winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN.
The adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman appeared to have deleted his Twitter profile since posting the negative comments. However, various websites captured screen shots of his Twitter rant. "Really?? Winning the AA award for courage?? Ashton is gonna come out and yell PUNK'D,” Cruise wrote on his now-deleted Twitter profile, according to the Washington Post.
The DJ also said people should do what they feel like doing without anyone stopping them. However, he asserted that Jenner's story had been taken “way too seriously” as there are “so many more important things that should be talked about.” Cruise talked about other “important facts,” like the problem of overfishing, how Earth is becoming less habitable on a daily basis and overpopulation.
Cruise is not the only celebrity upset about the publicity surrounding Jenner's gender transformation. Rapper Snoop Dogg also blasted Jenner's new identity on Instagram. The 43-year-old said that his friend, hip-hop artist Akon, is supplying solar power to 600 million Africans, but the media has ignored that in favor of “Caitlyn’s science project.”
ESPN announced Monday that Jenner would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month’s ESPY Awards show in Los Angeles. Executive producer Maura Mandt said the former Olympian would be honored for showing “the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances, but can also help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”
However, many people believe that ESPN did not make the right decision for the award, citing Lauren Hill -- an Indiana basketball player who died in early April after fighting a brain tumor and raising money to help others -- as an example of someone more deserving of the honor.