Conservatives blast ‘Kinky Boots’ performance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Unknown-1Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s inclusion of a musical number from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots angered conservatives, Back 2 Stonewall reported, and they took to Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media to attack Macy’s.

“Macy’s worst decision ever with your cross dresser show on Thanksgiving, you’ve completely removed the family part of thanksgiving,” Adam Cervas wrote. “Absolutely disgusting, whoever made that decision should be fired.”

Rebecca King fired off a lengthier rant. “Boycotting Macy’s immediately,” she wrote. “My entire family and I were altogether disgusted. Changed the channel within seconds of the ‘Kinky Boots’ act, before my young children were exposed to the highly sexualized explicit adult material. Disappointed is an understatement. As a business, you know that Word Of Mouth (WOM) communication is a huge part of marketing. You should also know that negative WOM spreads faster than positive. Be assured, I will never say another positive word about your company, but will make sure those who missed out on the debacle of your parade this year are aware of your grand entrance into the push of sexuality onto young children. A public apology is owed. Americans deserve better than this.”

Kinky Boots, the story of a struggling shoe factory owner who teams up with a drag queen to save his business, is infused with a delightful message of acceptance and celebration of diversity. However, the meaning behind the performance the cast of the musical delivered during the parade seemed to be lost on many who left a flurry of furious posts on Macy’s Facebook page.

You can watch the performance that ignited the conservatives’ outrage below. Anyone wishing to counter the assault can go to Macy’s Facebook page and leave a message.

—  Steve Ramos

Macy’s employee in San Antonio fired for refusing transgender customer service

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that a Macy’s employee in San Antonio was fired for not allowing a transgender shopper to use a fitting room.

The employee cited her Christian belief as the reason she denied the customer service. Store policy allows transgender people to use either fitting room.

Equality Texas Assistant Director Chuck Smith said, “Go Macy’s! If your religious beliefs prevent you from carrying out the functions of your job for other people — whether that be as a dressing-room attendant, a pharmacist, or a doctor — then you should leave that job. Christianity does not entitle you to oppress others, though you are welcome to oppress yourself.”

Macy’s received a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign‘s Corporate Equality Index.

—  David Taffet

Supreme disappointment: #DADT will live to see Macy’s Parade

Not shocking. Still annoying:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to block enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military while a federal appeals court considers the issue.

The court on Friday denied a request from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to step into the ongoing federal court review of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

High court rejects plea to block gay military ban [AP via WaPo]




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