Peter Berg, the director of Friday Night Lights and Hancock, got a dose of liberal “tolerance” when he posted a meme on Instagram critical of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage from ESPN’s ESPY Awards. Berg endorsed giving the award to a wounded veteran like Gregory D. Gadson, who lost both legs in the War on Terror and is also featured in the meme. Berg actually featured Gadson in his film Battleship, playing a wounded veteran undergoing rehabilitation. Here is the meme as it appeared on Berg’s Instagram:
Some took offense over the meme’s contention that Jenner traded “2 balls for 2 boobs,” and called Berg “anti-trans,” which is apparently a word now. Entertainment Weekly called it “transphobic,” which is also a word now. It didn’t really matter that it was true; liberals got a serious case of butthurt, and they lashed out.
The “tolerance” from the left was so heated, Berg had to come out and “clarify” his position, saying he really, really likes Caitlyn Jenner and trans people after all. He also pointed out that thousands of veterans have committed suicide upon their return from serving overseas, and that was the point he was trying to make. He may or may not have begged the Hollywood establishment to let him keep his career.
While Berg may be a strong supporter of our veterans (a noble stand for anyone in Hollywood), and also directed the fantastic film Lone Survivor (the true story of Marcus Luttrell and other Navy SEALS who fought in a brave battle against the Taliban), his personal politics are more complicated. He personally criticized Mitt Romney for using the slogan “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” from Friday Night Lights, and told him to stop using it. That even led to the author of the book Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger, to call him out on it. “He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show,” Bissinger said. “Berg is just another member of the Hollywood glitterati whose idea of liberalism is making sure their Mexican gardeners get paid only several dollars below minimum wage.”