Earlier today I was on Facebook and a friend posted a link to a story on Huffington Post about people who were upset that there was a performance of Kinky Boots during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The upset people obviously have no idea what the show is about because if they did they would know it is about acceptance and tolerance. Here are some of the comments:
To me there are two things that need explaining...
1) Why is Stark Sands in a sports coat, dress shirt and tie, and boxers;
2) How do women AND men dance in those boots?
So anyone watching the parade yesterday felt uncomfortable with their kids watching the performance, I guarantee you the kids probably didn't know that those were men dressed as women. It only became a big deal when the parents made it a big deal. And who knows, maybe some kid was inspired to become a dancer and singer.
If a child DID ask questions, it was the perfect opportunity for parents to talk about accepting people for who they are and a discussion about tolerance.
Now for the fun part of all of this...
This photo was on Kinky Boots' Facebook page. Can you imagine shopping at Macy's and Billy Porter and Stark Sands come walking in? The caption for the photo:
We went shopping at Macy's today to thank them for supporting
acceptance & fabulousness on the #MacysParade... you should too!