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J.R. Smith calls Caitlyn Jenner a ‘science project’ on Instagram, deletes post


Obviously one of the biggest stories of the week has been the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner that began with a cover shoot for Vanity Fair and then exploded from there. Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith found himself in the middle of mania courtesy of a post on Instagram he has since deleted.

In a post praising Akon for launching a “solar academy” that has a stated goal of providing 600 million people in Africa with electricity, Smith wondered why that news wasn’t getting as much attention as Jenner, who he characterized as a “science project.”


It stands to reason that people have incredibly varying opinions on Jenner’s story, from passionately vocal support to vehement condemnation. Similarly, folks who hear about Smith’s since-deleted post will have a different take on how he expressed his thoughts. On one side, people will cry foul and lambaste the “P.C. Police” for fostering an environment where Smith cannot let his opinion be heard.

On the other side, critics will savage Smith for being bigoted, ill-informed and hateful.

No matter which way a person views Smith’s post, some will agree that he was asking for trouble by articulating his thoughts on Jenner in such a manner. Right or wrong, a high-profile individual stands to risk much more than they can possibly gain by weighing in on such a hot-button, highly divisive issue.

(Instagram screengrab via For the Win)