UPDATE: After being criticized, Peter Berg posted a new photo to Instagram about Caitlyn Jenner.
I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere,” Berg wrote on Instagram. “I also believe that we don’t give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals – principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse.”
EARLIER: Director Peter Berg is being criticized for sharing a transphobic meme about Caitlyn Jenner on his Instagram page.
The image, created by Main Stream Media Boycotts, shows a photo of a pre-transition Jenner juxtaposed with Gregory D. Gadson, an Army veteran and double amputee who appeared in Berg’s 2012 film Battleship.
“One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?” reads the photo. “Yup,” Berg added in the accompanying caption.
While accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the ESPYs on Wednesday night, Jenner made a plea for trans acceptance. “The people out there wondering what if this all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, … it’s not just about one person,” Jenner said. “It’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing; that’s a good thing.”
Berg, who directed the military-themed films Lone Survivor and The Kingdom, is currently filming Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg in the leading role. A representative for the director was not immediately available for comment.