Caitlyn Jenner need not worry about losing her Olympic medal, say officials, now that she has come out as transgender.
The International Olympic Committee has issued a rare public statement in response to what The New Civil Rights Movementcalls "an ugly and transphobic" petition on Change.org.
The petition states:
"It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman... This creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men's sports and vice versa."
The brief, terse response from the IOC set a new world record for bureaucratic speed.
"Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC," Mark Adams, the communications director for the IOC, told Yahoo News.
According to the Washington Post, the petition was created by someone named Jennifer Bradford from Fort Worth, Texas.
But some reports suggest the idea for the petition was concocted by users on 4chan, the Reddit-like anonymous forum notorious for releasing stolen nude photos of celebrities last year. A message reportedly posted on the site's controversial /b/ forum proposed a fake petition to "fuck with feminists" and transgender people.
The New Civil Rights Movementnotes that even if the petition was designed to be prank, it is a genuine petition hosted on the site. Change.org did note the response from the IOC.
Angry tweeters expressed up to 140-characters of indignation about the possibility that Jenner's medal might be revoked.