Where there's smoke, there's fire.
People are not going to let Caitlyn Jenner take the easy road. There's now a petition surfacing for the Olympic gold medal winner to give back the prize she won. Jenner won the gold medal for the decathlon in 1976.
Asking an Olympian to return his or her gold medals is pretty harsh. As long as that person wins them without cheating, who are we to force them to give them back? Now because Jenner stated that she always identified as a woman, some people say that it's only right she be striped of the gold.
The petition 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.
We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.
Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage!
What would a petition be without a hashtag? What ever personal decisions Jenner decides to make, nothing can take away from the fact that she won those medals fair and square.
At the moment this is written the petition has about 2,600 signatures, which is 2,400 short of the goal. Even if the petition does get the 5,000 signatures, the chances are slim that Jenner will be forced to return the medals from many years ago.
Jenner's ordeal shows just how quickly the public perception and acceptance of a person can change.