Tom Cruise's son Connor suggested to his Twitter followers on 3 June that he doesn't think Caitlyn Jenner should be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards.

After the announcement was made that Jenner would be receiving the accolade, Connor tweeted his thoughts saying: "Really?? Winning the AA award for courage?? Ashton [Kutcher] is gonna come out and yell PUNK'D."

The ESPYs are annual awards that recognise athletic achievement in both individual team capacities, and other various sports-related performances. They are given out by American television network ESPN.

The 20-year-old later tried to clarify his rant-like statement by saying that even though he is happy for Jenner in light of recent events, he just didn't believe that her actions warranted this specific accolade.

"Don't get me wrong. Do what you feel like doing and don't let anyone stop you. But everyone is taking this way too seriously," he continued. "There are so many more important things that should be talked about...And SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT PEOPLE that actually deserve an award."

But Connor wasn't finished there. More tweets emerged throughout the night, elaborating on his first statement: "I'm totally supportive of people staying true to themselves and finding true happiness in whatever way they can," he wrote. "There are just way more things that we as a nation and as a planet should be talking about and working on.

"Like the fact that we are overfishing and in 30 years there will be no more fish. Seems dumb but 85% of the world's protein is fish. That's one of thousands of things that should be of a higher importance than what is currently being gone over.

"Or what about the fact that our planet is becoming less habitable on a daily basis. Yet the population is increasing at an alarming rate...Or the fact that we all can't even get a long on earth lol. We fight and kill each other. We have war and poverty. This needs to change."

His comments can't have gone down well on the site, as soon after he posted them, the young DJ deleted all of his tweets, before returning to Twitter once more to call out those blasting him about his opinion.

"Totally twisting what I said, if you read what I said I totally support being happy and am glad she is happy. We just need to as a nation and a world get back to business and making everything a better place."

He had his final say a few minutes later with a tweet that read: "Way more about the problems the world needs to solve than about her guys."

Meanwhile, other people have rallied together on Twitter and other social media platforms, urging ESPN to consider teen basketball player Lauren Hill for the award rather than Jenner. 19-year-old Hill passed away in early April after fighting a brain tumour. She spent her last few months achieving her dreams of playing for her college team and raising money and awareness for the rare form of cancer she suffered from, DIPG.