JCPenney’s latest ad for Father’s Day features a homosexual couple. It’s completely harmless. There are two men hanging out with two kids. If one were to be as naive as say, me, one would just assume that they’re looking at two fathers who are friends with their children.
Because we live in the 21st century, the people that Americans have little trust in these days tend to be homosexuals. Back in the 50’s, it was African-Americans. Back in the 1770’s, it was the English government. Naturally, the ad has sparked plenty of ire.
Now I would have ignored these “sparks of ire” completely if I hadn’t read in an article that there was one group in particular that deemed it necessary to boycott the ad. That group would be One Million Moms. I had never heard of the group so I decided to take a look at their website.
They seem to be advocating a good cause but at the same time they might as well as be Sisyphus rolling up a boulder uphill for eternity. They stand for cleaning up the negative influences being thrown at children in today’s media. Any mother has a right to be concerned because when you have 5-year-olds singing Nicki Minaj songs (I’m looking at you Sophia Grace and Rosie) something is wrong. Nicki Minaj is not appropriate for a little girl to be singing.
They have current issues they feel are important to put a lot of time and energy into. And this JCP ad is the most current. This is what they had to say about it:
One Million Moms (OMM) is disturbed that JC Penney’s (JCP) is continuing down the same path of promoting sin in their advertisements.
And this is from their about section:
Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!
Last time I checked, it wasn’t sinful for fathers to be hanging out with their children. In fact, it’s usually encouraged that fathers hang out with their children. And explain to me how hanging out with one’s children is immoral or vulgar? I hope that they don’t think the ad is violent or profane in any way. If they think it’s violent then we really need to know what OMM’s definition of violent is.
But let’s turn this around. What if one of these mothers in this group has a child who decides to step out of the closet and say, “I’m gay.” Or what if they come out and say, “I know I’m this sex, but on the inside, I feel like I’m this sex.” What is that mom going to do? Dismiss their child and tell them they’re crazy or confused? I feel like these moms would much rather take their child to a prayer group to “pray the gay away”.Remember the “It Gets Better” video that Pixar released? Guess who had their panties in a bunch over that? That’s right. One Million Moms. They felt it was necessary to have as one of their issues (they don’t have it up now since they redid their site) and felt it necessary to email Disney and Pixar to tell them how infuriated they were that the company was taking a pro-homosexual stance. Um… I’m sorry, but if you knew that one of Disney’s greatest lyricists and producers was gay would you throw out those Disney movies he worked on and cover your children’s ears whenever those songs he worked on played? How far does one take these bannings? It’s not immoral to be homosexual. Homosexuality is as old as time. In fact it was deemed appropriate for Roman men to have relationships with men. It made them seem more virile or something. And guess what? Abraham Lincoln slept with men. Now, I’m not sure if he “slept” with men in the sexual manner or simply enjoyed sleeping next to men but there you have it. One of the nation’s greatest presidents slept with men. And you can fact check that yourself.
The fact that these so-called mothers put all of this time and energy into something as trivial as an ad is ridiculous. What are they teaching their children? That one should hate people who are in love? That one should try to make homosexual couples as miserable as they feel in their empty marriages? That if their child is homosexual they’re going to take a stand against them?
I think we, as a nation, need to stop hating people for loving the same gender. We need to stop telling ourselves that it’s immoral. Because it’s not immoral. Who cares if Joe and Bob down the street love each other? I seriously doubt their homosexuality is going to harm someone. Maybe we should spend more time and energy on important matters: like cleaning up the streets from drug dealers. Guess what? Drug dealers will harm a neighborhood! So let’s focus on things that could affect us in a negative way, okay?