Britney Spears to Present at 2015 ESPY Awards
Britney Spears may not be the first person you think of when you think of someone whose accomplished a great deal in sports, but that is only because you are woefully misguided.
According to E! News, the people at ESPN have decided that Britney is the perfect person to present at the 2015 ESPY Awards, ESPN's annual awards show meant to honor athletes who have made huge achievements in sports.
To be fair, there's a wide variety of celebrities who are set to take part in the awards show, too. The Soup's Joel McHale will host the show, while other seemingly unlikely presenters include Mike Epps, Ed Helms, Kiefer Sutherland and Vince Vaughn.
Caitlyn Jenner, meanwhile, is set to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which was a decision met with controversy after the initial announcement earlier this year. NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas said, "I wish Caitlyn all the happiness in the world and all the peace of mind in the world. However, it strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play — it’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve found someone — and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner — who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what the award represents."
ESPN's Maura Mandt explained the network's decision to honor Caitlyn, saying, "She has shown 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.”
The ESPYS will take place at the Microsoft Theater on July 15 at 8PM ET.
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