If you’ve hopped on Twitter or Facebook here in the past couple days you’ve probably seen a slew of people up in arms about who is more worthy of receiving the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the Espy’s on July 15th. Most folks around here seem to think that the late Mount St. Joe’s women’s basketball player and national inspiration Lauren Hill is more deserving of the award than Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner). I’m not gonna get into who I think should have received the award. Both of them displayed acts of courage in the public eye, but more importantly, my opinion is null and void because ESPN doesn’t give a fuck about what I think and my opinion doesn’t change who is going to win the award anyway, so at the end of the day my thoughts don’t really matter. However, I did feel the need to chime in for all those folks who “don’t understand” why Caitlyn Jenner is going to be gracing the stage come July 15th. The explanation is simple and really it’s the explanation to just about everything that goes on in the sports and entertainment world. Money. When ESPN puts on a production the only thing they have in mind is generating as many views as possible. Viewership = Television ratings, Television ratings = Exposure and advertisements, exposure and advertisements = More money in ESPN’s pockets. Money makes the world go round. It’s probably the main reason why ESPN puts on the Espy’s to begin with and it’s the reason why the Kardashians (thus Jenner) are even relevant today. People love them some Caitlyn Jenner and the reality of the situation is America would much rather see Caitlyn Jenner give a speech as opposed to Lauren Hill’s coach/friends/parents/whoever. Yea that’s fucked up but here in America it’s all about the bright lights and big dollars and if you still can’t understand why Lauren Hill isn’t getting ESPN’s award for courage, you need to take a good long look at the society we live in. You’re probably living in a world where you think all the nations of the world can hold hands around a campfire and sing kumbaya and world peace can actually be achieved one day. Not gonna happen, people. Sorry if that sounds a little too morbid, but if you’re really that bent out of shape then maybe you just shouldn’t tune in to the Espy’s in the first place. Let’s be honest, regardless of who won the award you probably weren’t going to devote three hours of a mid-summer evening to watch ESPN’s shitty awards show anyway. It’s not like this is the Oscar’s we’re talking about.