Drag Queens on TV? Thanksgiving is Cancelled!
2013 will go down in history as a year of many firsts from the resignation of a sitting pope to a record-breaking 16,000 figure of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. But, for a group of stalwart homophobes with high speed internet connections, 2013 will be remembered as the year that Broadway ruined the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ultra conservative "news" outlet World Net Daily reported "Snoopy, Spider-Man, SpongeBob - the iconic big balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took to the air Thursday at half their standard height due to high winds - but spirits of the young spectators were still flying high at the sight of their favorite cartoon characters. [..] Wide-eyed kids looked with wonder as the massive floats slowly wound down the streets of New York City. [..] And then the singing drag queens in thigh-high red boots hit the parade route."
The appearance by the cast of the Broadway smash musical "Kinky Boots" was to be a high point of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, offering out-of-towners and New Yorkers alike a chance to catch a glimpse of the ultra sold-out smash show. Tony Award-winner Billy Porter and the cast of last season’s best musical performed the Broadway tuner’s finale in full costume in front of mega retailer Macy’s iconic flagship store to the delight of a packed crowd in Herald Square and a TV audience of millions.
However, the positive message of the show’s finale anthem "Raise You Up/Just Be," penned by pop icon Cyndi Lauper (which include the lyric "Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too"), escaped and infuriated some hard-line conservatives who wasted no time weighing in with their opinions on message boards and social media.
Moderated internet forum Free Republic," a favorite site for hate groups, posted the following malaprop jeweled comment.
UGH!!!! -- Macy’s Day Parade Promotes Gay Musical "Kinky Boots"
"So I sit down to watch the Macy’s 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. It took about 2 seconds for my daughter to see that something was not quite right when she noticed the cross dressing Cabernet singer. ’Dad, that’s a man, and he’s kinda creepy.’"
Authors note: Yes, you read correctly - he wrote "cabernet."