J.Crew recently put out a mailer depicting their president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her son Beckett playing on a Saturday morning. The headline reads: “Saturday with Jenna. See how she and son Beckett go off duty in style.”
And here’s where the controversy begins. In the ad, Beckett’s toenails are painted bright pink and a caption by Lyons reads: “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”
Conservative groups are in an uproar.
Erin Brown of the Media Research Center called the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”
Dr. Keith Ablow writes in a piece for Fox News: “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such ‘psychological sterilization’ [my word choice] is not known.”
So, what do you think? Is the ad saying anything at all about transgendered kids? Or is it just a fun depiction of a mom and son sharing a little time together?
I mean, really…does anyone actually believe painting a child’s toenails is going to cause lifelong gender confusion?