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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fans in uproar over ‘Kinky Boots’ performance

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The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is always seen as one of America’s most wholesome events of the year. But yesterday the Turkey Day celebration caused friction with several fans when the cast of the hit Broadway play Kinky Boots danced in high heels and drag during the parade.

Billy Porter, who plays Boots‘ fabulous drag queen Lola, and the rest of the cast were broadcast live on camera dancing and singing in the streets around 10:30 am and it wasn’t long after that people on everything from blogs to Facebook to Twitter sent out polarizing messages about the Boots cast.

“So I sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with my 9 yr old daughter, a 40+ year tradition for me and NBC and Macy’s decide the 3rd act will be the musical act from Kinky Boots, promoting homosexuality and cross dressing,” wrote one angry fan on FreeRepublic.com.

“Thank you Macy’s and NBC for making me discuss cross dressing deviates on Thanksgiving Day. I don’t think, however, that my conversation with my daughter went the way you would have wanted,” he added.

However, not everyone was offended by the cast and many people voiced their support and praise for the segment.

“Kinky Boots Musical! Drag Queens in The Macy’s  Thanksgiving Day Parade! Hell yes!” wrote one Twitter.

If you ask us, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal and certainly not a problem to see men in drag at the Macy’s parade. It’s entertainment and most importantly it was entertainment on a day when Americans are supposed to be celebrating love, unity and freedom of expression, not playing to the discomfort and insecurities of parents who are too lazy to explain to their kids that other people in the world, who have absolutely no impact on their lives, like or get paid to dress as another sex. Anyway, we think it would be a lot more crushing for kids to learn the true story of Thanksgiving and the massacring of most of the Native American population just because they were seen as “creepy” and “different.”

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8 Comments

  1. Megan Shufelt on November 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I agree! I had to explain to my 4 year old why boys were dressed as girls. This is outrageous! This alone will effect if I ever watch it again. Macys shoud be ashamed of themselves

    • DukeLax on November 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Wow, I, i would not bring my 4 year old son to a drag queen show either. Nothing against drag queens, but children do not understand the lewdness that some of these drag shows involve. Macy’s made a very bad choice here.

  2. Herman Peaquist on November 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I didn’t ask you. You should be intelligent enough to figure out why people expecting the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day family parade with Snoopy and Santa would be upset over this trash.

    • DukeLax on November 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Dorothy yer not in Kansas anymore. Maybe its a sign of the times when the traditional macys parade with snoopy and Santa, is replaced with cross dressing drag queens. Welcome to the new world.

      • Herman Peaquist on November 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

        Dorothy? You must have me confused with someone on the other team. It is evident that both Macy’s and NBC are feeling the heat from the American public over this nonsense, despite what the shrill shriekers would have you believe.

        • Brian Bertrand on February 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

          No, you’re officially Dorothy from here on out.

  3. Kelsey on November 30, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I imagine that many Americans found this offensive. There’s a time and place for everything, and a traditional family holiday parade is not the place to bring in a drag queen float.

  4. Papi on November 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    ” Oh Mommy, Mommy !! I want to go see the Trannies !!!! ”
    Well… at least you can now save money on the circus !!! ;D