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Director Peter Berg Backtracks & Says He Has The 'Utmost Respect' For Caitlyn Jenner, Despite Controversial Instagram Post Regarding Her ESPYS Award

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Yikes… not a good look!

Director Peter Berg found himself in some hot water yesterday after he posted a photo on his Instagram page about Caitlyn Jenner that many rightfully saw as transphobic.

And now, he's backing off of his earlier post with a clarification.

[ Related: Kris Jenner Breaks Her Silence About Caitlyn! ]

It all started when Berg posted this meme to Instagram:

Yup.A photo posted by Peter Berg (@pberg44) on Jul 15, 2015 at 8:36pm PDT

Then, after receiving quite a bit of backlash over it, he uploaded a new picture and message on Thursday night:

In the caption, Berg wrote:

"I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere. 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."

Clearly, the director had a change of heart between his earlier meme and last night's comments.

What do U think — should Berg be vilified for his earlier comments?

[Image via Peter Berg/Instagram.]

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