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Ovation: “Kinky Boots” On Parade.

12/01/2013

Kinky-Boots-Macy_s-Thanksgiving-Day-ParadeI, and possibly millions of others, thought that a performance by the cast of “Kinky Boots”, an award-winning Broadway musical about a straight-laced shoe-factory owner’s partnership with a drag queen who helps him turn his business around, was a fun addition to last Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  “Kinky Boots” message is of acceptance and tolerance and the parade performance was relatively tame, considering it was much too cold in New York City to show even the slightest bit of skin, yet right wingers and social conservatives across America took to social networks to voice their outrage at NBC for broadcasting it.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has a long-standing tradition of including performances from Broadway plays in the parade and its television broadcast.  Award-winning shows have always been featured so it’s not surprising to me that “Kinky Boots” was included in this year’s parade.

Any viewers who were outrages are, perhaps, the very viewers who could very well benefit from a few minutes of good natured tolerance and acceptance.  It might do them good to see something that they might not ordinarily encounter in the sometimes small and narrow world’s that they may have carved out for themselves.

Sadly, these same people who take to social media to express their outrage are usually the same folks to prefer to complain rather than admit that they have the power to turn off their televisions when they see something that they find offensive.

That’s what I do when I see Ann Coulter appear on my screen.

Did you find the “Kinky Boots” performance to be inappropriate?

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11 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    Gay, straight, whatever….that song/performance was horrible. I wouldn’t hitch my wagon to that example.

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  2. Anonymous permalink

    Explain “kinky” to a 6 yr old looking for Snoopy or Santa.

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    • “Silly”. “Funny.” “Different.” “Unusual.”

      Or, if a parent is uncomfortable answering the question, “Let’s watch something else for a while.”

      There are many words that six-year-olds don’t understand. I find it encouraging when they want to learn.

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      • Anonymous permalink

        Watch something else? Too late. The gorilla is already in the room. A kid wants to learn? Great. However, some things are better understood and dealt with by a more mature mind. So, lie about it? Not if you want your child to trust you. The truth will be found eventually. The bottom line is there is too much sexuality -gay OR straight- on television that prepubescent minds should not have to deal with. And, gay or straight, why is sexuality what they want to lead with? I’ve yet to see a parade or television special featuring gay/lesbian entrepreneurs, successful business owners, charitable organizers, etc.

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        • They’re out there.

          Frankly, I’ve always been far more concerned with violence on television than with sex. But that’s just me …

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          • Anonymous permalink

            Yes, they are out there! Yes! Yes! My point is, the G/L community should be leading with this, not drag queens.

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          • I agree.

            I see this as more about the Broadway/Theater community.

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          • Anonymous permalink

            Oh, and yes – violence, agreed. Violence and improper handling of one’s sexuality are equally unnecessary for young minds to process and affect society.

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  3. Anonymous permalink

    The gay/lesbian community should be proud and celebrating. There is never 100% “acceptance” of ANYTHING. We shouldn’t complain about a couple complainers. This feature in the “mainstream” thanksgiving day parade is the epitome of acceptance.

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  4. Did not see this, I’m Canadian, but I am so tired of people being outraged about the silliest things. Why can’t people just accept others without judgement. It looks like this was pretty tame. Kids don’t care about what is going on, they just care about pretty costumes, etc.

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