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Posted on Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Dave!I had written a long, drawn-out entry about the absurd reactions I've been reading regarding the cast of Kinky Boots performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... but even I didn't want to read it, so I trashed it and moved on with my life.

Suffice to say that I just don't get it. What is so terrifying about drag queens in shiny boots?

Kinky Boots Macys

I especially don't get the "BUT WHAT AM I GOING TO TELL MY CHILDREN?!?? reaction, which has to be about the most incredibly stupid thing to say in ANY situation. Tell them whatever the heck you want. If you're hugely offended that drag queens exist, just channel your inner bigot and say something to that effect. They're your kids and you're the one raising them, so be a fucking parent and do your damn job.

Years ago I was at my friends' house where we were watching The Bird Cage while their kids were out playing in the pool. When one of the kids came in for a snack, he saw the television and said "Why is that man dressed like a girl? To which his mother replied "Oh he's just being silly and having fun."AND THAT WAS THE END OF IT. The kid shrugged his shoulders, finished his sandwich, then went outside to play some more. Nobody ever gave it a second thought. Nobody was scarred for life. Society didn't fall. Humanity endured. The universe soldiered onward.

And yet, to read some of the reactions by "parents" whose kids were   =gasp!=   exposed to men wearing women's clothing during a parade... you would think that the world had ended.

Which, naturally, means that they're training their children to think the world is ending. Because of the clothes somebody was wearing.

These are sure going to be some well-adjusted kids when they grow up.

In other news... the Broadway show Kinky Boots (which I have not seen) is based on an awesome movie of the same name starring Chiwetel Ejiofor...

Kinky Boots Movie Poster

If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look.

Unless, of course, the idea of seeing a man in women's clothing is so traumatic that you'll get the vapors. In that case, I don't know what to tell you.

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  1. JimA says:

    And it’s the same parents who will bring their kids up to sit at the bar in a restaurant while waiting for a table. I see that all the time in Dallas.

  2. Howard says:

    Remember when Flip Wilson and Milton Berle would do drag and no one said a thing because it’s entertainment? How did that change?

  3. Ok first off it’s so funny that you mention this movie because my mom keeps bugging me to watch this movie, which I will at some point but it’s not on Netflix so it’s not as easy. I hate when I have to hunt for a movie to find, much prefer the lazy route of Netflix.

    As far as your actual topic, I’ve said the same thing as you so many times. I don’t understand why people make such a huge issue over these things. You know how many times I came across things as a kid that I didn’t understand? Either I asked about it and got some kind of answer that probably didn’t 100% make sense or I just kind of moved on to the next thing. Nothing I saw as a kid ever traumatized me…well except for the movie Stand By Me.

  4. martymankins says:

    Howard hit it spot on. It’s entertainment and back in the pre-PC days, no one said boo. Today, we have people who are promoting their own self-important controlling views and they either make a buck off of it or feel like they need to control everything their little Johnny or Susie does in life.

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