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There is a time and a place for everything. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade organizers, however, seem to have ignored that fact. Whether it was from pressure – undoubtedly – brought upon them by the LGBT community, or a “personal” decision made by one of the parade’s organizers does not matter. What does matter, and what is important here is how the “Kinky Boots” Thanksgiving Day Parade performance affected millions of children who were watching it on national TV.

But isn’t that what it was intended to do?

The LGBT community, respectively, has every right to promote their sexual orientation beliefs. But when a belief becomes an agenda that targets young children on national TV, it becomes nothing more than a cheap, advertisement intent on promoting a social influence. After all, we’re not trying to sell a loaf of bread here, or the latest brand of Legos. We are dealing with an important social referendum which can affect a child for the rest of their lives.

Therefore, it is time to stop using Las Vegas style vaudeville acts to achieve a result.

That is where the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kinky Boots performance missed its mark. Promoting a social issue, or displaying one side of it is propaganda at its finest hour. Would the LGBT community have been angry if parade-goers were walking around with signs saying homosexuality and lesbianism are wrong?

Of course, they would have been angry, and they would have a right to be upset. Social and political debate have no business in a national holiday presentation.

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and to make their own personal decisions on what they want to be in life. Some people though forget about how public displays of affection and love – through media-sensationalism – affect young children.

A friend of mine told me last night how his 10-year-old daughter was watching the Kinky Boots performance with a bewildered look on her face. “Who are those people, daddy?” she asked him. He thought about it for a long moment, then said, “Don’t worry about it, honey, it’s just make-believe, it’s from a Broadway play.”

Good answer?

Depending on who you ask you may get a variety of opinions. The reality, though, is that it is not make-believe. It is a serious and powerful impact that has serious consequences and influence on young children.

When parents sit down with their children, or are presented with spontaneous questions from their 10-year-old kids about sex, parenting becomes complex. It is a critical and defining moment between a parent and a child. Although the public education system may feel they have a right to intrude upon that moment and launch preemptive strikes, do the Macy’s parade organizers need to follow that lead?

Doesn’t the LGBT community already have a parade for that?

Teaching one’s child about sexual orientation should not be a media entitlement program promoted by special interest groups, and lauded on national TV specifically targeted at children. Yet, it has become a national campaign that network and cable executives shamelessly promote exclusively for higher ratings.

What’s going to be next…free Kinky Boots performances at kindergarten Christmas plays?

This article is not about whether “rising up” and exploring one’s sexuality is wrong. It is about respecting and observing when the proper moment and the place are to influence or present to children matters of sexuality.

The LGBT community and the media would benefit far more if they observed that logic, rather than resorting to cheap commercialism.

 

© Joseph E. Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2013

Joseph E. Rathjen is an Opinion Writer for 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Polling Site.

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2 thoughts on “Macy’s “Kinky Boots” Parade Performance – Wrong Time, Wrong Place!

  1. “What’s going to be next…free Kinky Boots performances at kindergarten Christmas plays?” Seriously? You think there are still “Christmas” plays? There may be, but they are an endangered species.

    • There still are…in some parts of America…like NEPA. They’re probably on someone’s hit list though. You gotta watch out for those 6-year-olds…they could be threatening to this country’s progressive maturity. 😝

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