After reading angry remarks from people who don’t think Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, a U.S. Army soldier shared a poignant message for the vocal protestors.
After delivering a powerful speech while being awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, Caitlyn Jenner received a lot of love and support from around the Internet. However, her speech and award did not come without it's detractors.One of the most famous dissenters was Lone Survivor director Peter Berg, who posted a transphobic photo about the athlete-turned-reality star to Instagram. Berg criticized Jenner being awarded for her courage over a soldier later clarified with his own remarks.
Many people posted similar messages to Berg's initial post, which is what caused 23-year-old soldier Joey Vicente to post his own thoughts on Facebook.
"Your negative opinions on Caitlyn Jenner and her deservedness of an award that you didn't even know about until a few days ago are irrelevant," he wrote. "Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant."
"40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life. I'd call that a victory on any scale," he continued. "I'd call that (gasp)... heroic?"
"You don't like that a female who used to identify as male got an award at a ceremony run by ESPN? Here's a hint: get over yourself. You are on the wrong side of history. Like many bigots of the civil rights era, you will one day have to answer for your hate, whether it is to your God, a loved one, or your few hundred Facebook friends that you think give the slightest bit of a sh*t about what kind of sandwich you ate or what kind of workout you got in today."
Vicente concluded his thoughts by suggesting that those using inflammatory and hateful language are saying more about themselves than Jenner.
"You want to voice your opinion? Please, I beg that you do," he said. "But in using terms like "freak" or "fa**ot" you paint a much more vivid picture of yourself than you ever could of Caitlyn Jenner, a human being just now finally finding her comfort zone."
Vicente's message quickly blew up on Facebook. After it went viral, he told Buzzfeed News, "Bigotry in any form is unacceptable, and I guess I was just fed up with seeing people’s offensive remarks about a person they know nothing about."
"I posted what I posted because it’s what I feel," he added. "I joined the service and picked my job because I love helping people. I love positivity and I love my country."
Thank you for your service, Joey Vicente, as well as this amazing message of love and acceptance.
Watch Caitlyn Jenner's ESPYs speech below.