Wednesday night the NHL celebrated their 2014-15 season with their end of the year award ceremony. However, some of the spotlight was stolen by a possibly offensive picture posted during the night.
During the celebration the league was posting pictures of players, including one picture of young Buffalo Sabres player Zemgus Girgensons.
I'm not being sensitive here, right? The "joke" such as it were relies on mocking Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover? pic.twitter.com/5SmtXOFZY7
— Katarin (@boldmatter) June 25, 2015
The picture, of course, is a take off of Vanity Fair’s historic cover of Caitlyn Jenner. The joke, of course, being that Girgensons name is too difficult to pronounce. But some believe the joking nature of the cover is offensive to the importance of the Caitlyn Jenner story.
Is it too soon to parody the Caitlyn Jenner cover?
LRT: Dear NHL, STOP IT. That is not acceptable. Not in the slightest.
— Jen LC (@RegressedPDO) June 25, 2015
It would be super cool if we could stop talking about who won what award and focus on the fact the NHL was openly transphobic tonight.
— Curtis Morrison (@CurtisMMorrison) June 25, 2015
funny of the nhl to be talkin bout respect for people after ur transphobia earlier tho
— ari (@thirtyfourseven) June 25, 2015
It's peak NHL to have something as nice as the Jonathan Pitre story and also anger an entire community with the Jenner Vanity Mag parody
— Moe^2 (@MoeSquare) June 25, 2015
It’s easy to see why people would take offense to the picture. The Caitlyn Jenner cover was important for so many reasons, and just a few weeks later it seems a bit early to start using it for comedy.
Also, it’s important to note the source. The NHL is in the business of bringing in fans, and typically looks to avoid controversy whenever possible. The NHL has made no comment on the picture in any way.