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WATCH: “Kinky Boots” Drag Performance During Macy’s Parade Angers Conservative Viewers

It’s perhaps little surprise that some right-wing nuts were unable to enjoy a national holiday without finding a reason to rag on gay people. During Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade, the cast of Kinky Boots totally ruined turkey day for many conservative viewers who worried their children, sitting down in front of the television to see a giant Snoopy balloon, would be scarred for life by the sight of men in drag dancing through the streets of Manhattan.

While many viewers were rightly entertained by the high-heeled performance from Broadway’s award-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein about a struggling straight-laced shoe factory owner’s partnership with a bright drag queen who helps him turn his business around, others took to Twitter to protest.

WorldNetDaily, a site that we recommend you don’t visit if you suffer from high blood pressure, posted some of the more choice tweets from their narrow-minded readers. One wrote: “Kinky Boots was a odd selection for the thanksgiving day parade. Maybe next year, we’ll see Rocky Horror Picture Show on the parade route.” [Editor's note: Great idea! Or maybe we'll get a number from Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig!]

Fierstein, never one to hold back his opinion, came to the defense of the department chain store by releasing a statement to Broadway World, that read: “I’m so proud that the cast of Kinky Boots brought their message of tolerance and acceptance to America’s parade. Ten years ago I was humbled to ride a float dressed as Mrs. Claus and it was the thrill of a lifetime. Congratulations to Macy’s, on leading the world, not only with your salesmanship, but also your humanity.”

And scene.

By:           EDITORS
On:           Nov 30, 2013
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  • 21 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      I don’t think there’s anything more harmful to the conservative knuckle draggers kids than their own parents. Children and pets… BEWARE! RUN!!

      Nov 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Well we knew some conservatives would get outraged over drag queens being in America’s favorite holiday parade. What amazes me is how MOST Americans of all sorts just accepted Kinky Boots being in the parade and were not outraged. THAT is the bigger news.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Richjr42
      Richjr42

      Screw the fundies! That was adorable. Besides,Stark Sands in thigh high hose and heels is kinda sexy.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      I’m not conservative at all, but I definitely think a drag performance is rather inappropriate for family events geared towards kids, which the Macy’s parade always has been. This belongs in an after hours spot, not at the Macy’s parade.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sohobod
      Sohobod

      @kDud
      Grow up.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      When Kinky Boots came on I could hear the collective pearl clutch across the nation, beads breaking, mothers fainting…Welcome to the 21st century bitches…It’s not the kids it’s their stupid parents…Fortunately I have friends with kids and they ALL loved it…@KDub: You are coming off as conservative…Kids are a lot smarter and more advanced these days…Well some of them are.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cyn
      Cyn

      That was really mild. What could possibly be the problem?

      Nov 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile
      Homophile

      @Richjr42:

      I have a total fetish for butch muscle guys in high heels, stockings and garters.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheNewEnergyDude
      TheNewEnergyDude

      Goodness…it must be just awful to be an always uptight, stick up your butt, always angry and repressed conservative. I’m by no means partisan, but they’re upset about this??? Jesus Christ. I can’t wait until the extreme conservatives just die out. They are so holding our country back. Bless Mr. Fierstein, who, in spite of being “never one to hold back his opinion”, responded very eloquently. I wish I could be as such. I would more go a Kathy Griffin route, and say those conservatives can “suck it”.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • avesraggiana
      avesraggiana

      Heck, even Matt Lauer loved them! What could possibly be wrong harmful or wrong about “Kinky Boots”?!

      Nov 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickGreenleaf
      DickGreenleaf

      Stark first did drag in “Die Mommie Die”. And he also did rear nudity in the same film. Nice tush.
      http://www.vipgalleries.net/stark-sands-nude/stark-sands-nude_06.jpg
      http://gallery.superherofan.net/S/Stark-Sands/DIE_MOMMIE_DIE-05.jpg

      Nov 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      It was harmless

      @Sohobod:

      LOL “kDud”

      Nov 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty
      jckfmsincty

      How will these people ever accept having gay children? Tea Baggers, it’s going to happen. It’s just a numbers’ game.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 2:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwtraveler
      jwtraveler

      The greatest danger to the children of these conservatives is their own parents, not just from their repressive values, but due to the fact that children are most likely to be abused, injured and molested by their own families. The danger within is always greater than the danger from outside.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 2:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B
      Geoff B

      Absolutely it was inappropriate. Next year they should do a nice religous number from Book of Mormon to atone.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Oh, THEY were angry.

      Here’s a thought. TV and movies that have been neutering gays and hiding gays because some viewers may get angry make ME angry.

      Those “Outraged” viewers can go fuck themselves. The world is moving past them just like it moved past the KKK and other bigoted groups.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 7:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • massprince
      massprince

      Im gay and drag shows are boring and so 90’s.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ronmon
      ronmon

      Really? Everyone that called in said “I’m a conservative and hate fags?” This article is just as hate filled with no verification of anything. Stop believing everything you read….

      Dec 1, 2013 at 8:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ms Urethra Johnson
      Ms Urethra Johnson

      DUH, black and drag. It’s a double teaser…

      Dec 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krystalkleer
      krystalkleer

      but they have ZERO problem with scantilly clad models in underwear strut’n down a runway dur’n “family hour” television…BITE ME BIBLE BELT!
      http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/12/as-eyelash-curls.html

      Dec 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danmansexy
      Danmansexy

      Well…you can’t say Macy’s is backing down! http://i.imgur.com/OLGjxsI.jpg

      Dec 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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