Peter Berg
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Peter Berg was criticized for posting a transphobic meme about Caitlyn Jenner to his Instagram page on Wednesday, and now the director has released a statement to clarify his recent upload.

“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.”

Berg’s comments were attached to a photo detailing statistics on veteran suicide.

On Wednesday, Berg posted a controversial image of Jenner and 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?” read the photo. Berg added his own caption: “Yup.”