Thursday, April 14, 2011

Boy With Pink Nail Polish Makes the World Go Crazy

I wanted to post about a J. Crew ad that features a mother painting her son's toenails pink (or at least just finished painting them), but Jon Stewart beat me too it. As usual he perfectly captures the ridiculousness of this non issue.

From Fox:
“This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity,” psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow wrote in a Health column about the ad.

Media Research Center’s Erin Brown agreed, calling the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”

“Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow, Jenna’s indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future,” Brown wrote in an opinion piece Friday. “J.CREW, known for its tasteful and modest clothing, apparently does not mind exploiting Beckett behind the facade of liberal, transgendered identity politics.”
Stewart's perfect response:

Once again we see the inanity of trying to define children's experiences through adult understandings.


  1. I saw that on the show last night, and it's both funny and sad. Funny because the outrage over it is so ridiculous, but sad in terms of the state of our public discourse.

  2. I had only read Dr. Albow's article. I had no idea it was all over the news...well, besides msnbc. I watched that channel most of the day and only saw talk of Obama's speech and the budget, with a few special interest stories. You've already read my response to it all. John Stewart, as usual, was pretty spot on with how he handled the story.


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