Hot Pink-Toenailed Boy in J. Crew Ad Sparks Controversy!

Lacye - posted on 04/14/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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When J. Crew sent out its latest catalog, we doubt that the classic clothing company expected it would be blasted by social conservatives as "transgendered child propaganda." But alas, it has.
The images in question fall under pages titled "Saturday with Jenna" -- featuring products personally favored by J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her family. This particular Saturday for Jenna includes painting her five-year-old son Beckett's toenails pink. The caption reads, "Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."
Cue the outrage from America's culture warriors.
"Yeah, well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who'll be affected by your 'innocent' pleasure," Dr. Keith Ablow wrote in a Fox News op-ed. "If you have no problem with the J. Crew ad, how about one in which a little boy models a sundress? What could possibly be the problem with that?"
Erin Brown of the Media Research Center took the criticism a step further -- after being sure to remind readers that J. Crew is a fashion favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama -- accusing the company of exploiting young Beckett to advance the cause of "liberal, transgendered identity politics."
The ABC News report on the kerfuffle, below, includes a reaction from Sarah Manley, who set off a similar firestorm last Halloween after posting photos of her young son dressed up as his unconventional idol: Daphne from "Scooby Doo." Manley said today of the J.Crew ad, "If the roles had been reversed and the photo...had been of a little girl playing in the mud with trucks, nobody would have batted an eye."

The Lookout contacted J. Crew to get a response from Lyons, but company spokeswoman Margot Fooshee told us that neither Lyons nor J. Crew would be commenting on the matter. However, others aren't being shy about offering up voracious defenses of the company's creative decision, pushing back on Ablow and Brown as holders of the unpopular opinion.
In another of the many critiques of Dr. Keith's critique, Jeanne Sager, on the parenting blog The Stir, asks: "So go back and look at that picture in the J.Crew ad, will you? What do you see? Do you see pink nail polish on a boy? Or do you see a little boy named Beckett, with beautiful blond curls, and a mom who looks like she is impossibly in love with her kid, in the very best way? Because that's what I see."

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You have got to be kidding me! Really? Just because the little boy likes his toenails painted pink doesn't mean he's going to be transgendered. What do you ladies think?

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Lacye - posted on 04/14/2011

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But why should you have to be quiet about it? Are people really that scared of their own sexuality that we should have to be quiet if a little boy likes girly things? It's ridiculous and it's things like that that creates and maintains hatred. If people would stop teaching their children to be ashamed of their sexuality, the little boys that like feminine things wouldn't be made fun of in school.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/14/2011

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Some people have extra outrage, and they need to find ways of letting it out. :)



No, I don't think the toenails mean anything except that the boy saw Mom doing something and wanted to do it, too. I don't think she should talk about it, though. Mums the word. Think of the poor kid in 4 years in elementary school. "Is your favourite colour pink? Do you like to paint your nails like Mommy?" No. Just keep the mouth shut. It is a phase and it will pass.



Like that poor kid who wanted to dress up as Daphne, and now his mom has gone off the deep end and is telling the world, I love my son even if he's gay! Um, what? Stop telling the world that your baby boy is gay. Just stop. You think you're defending him, but it's making everything worse. Please stop talking now, except to say, "Kids like dressing up. Your issues are yours, and don't put them on my child."

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