Friday, November 16, 2012

The Bizarre World of L. Brent Bozell, III

speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26, 2011.
Yesterday, Bozell's organization outdid themselves for anti-gay hyperbole. First some background: L. Brent Bozell, III is a fundamentalist Catholic and founder of the far right Media Research Center. An offshoot of MRC is the Culture and Media Institute ("CMI"). The mission of CMI is to reduce what Bozell claims is the negative liberal influence on American morality, culture, and religious liberty.

In April, 2011, the apparel retailer J. Crew ran an Internet advertisement in which Jenna Lyons, who was J.Crew’s creative director, has applied hot pink polish on the toes of son Beckett who is having a great time. Well, blue is for boys and pink is for girls and boys don't have their nails painted; And Culture and Media Institute became apoplectic. Their Erin Brown wrote this:

J.CREW Pushes Transgendered Child Propaganda

J.CREW, a popular preppy woman's clothing brand and favorite affordable line of first lady Michelle Obama, is targeting a new demographic - mothers of gender-confused young boys. At least, that's the impression given by a new marketing piece that features blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.
This is what passes for common sense in Bozell-world. Is the contention that this "propaganda" causes people, particularly children, to become transgendered?

Last Monday, Jenna Lyons (now President of J. Crew) delicately emerged from the closet when she thanked her partner Courtney Crangi for showing her "new love" in accepting Glamour's "Fashion Original" title at their Women of the Year awards. Culture and Media Institute's Lauren Thompson wrote this:
J. Crew President Lyons Comes Out of Closet 
CMI caused controversy by pointing out gender-bending ad featuring Lyons’ son.

In April 2011, CMI wrote about an internet marketing piece ... in which company president Jenna Lyons was pictured painting the toenails of her young son.
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And now, Lyons appears to have come out as a lesbian.
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Move along, no agenda here, right?
Apparently the painting of male child toenails (something that they think is associated with gender identity disorder) is somehow connected to female parent's sexual orientation. These people never heard of Occam's Razor.

A very creative mother and her son were playing with color and it produced an absolutely adorable photograph. Children do stuff like this all the time. It has nothing to do with sexual identity. The sexual orientation of the mother is irrelevant.
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