for nutcases and their sticks
Poor advertisers. They never know when a nutcase will see in their work what isn’t there and then stir up a hornet’s nest. Like the time people saw Moonies and, another time, demonic symbols, in the consequently-retired Procter & Gamble logo.
The latest piñata against which the nutcases have blindly taken up their sticks? J. Crew. Their new catalog sports a photo of a Hallmark moment wherein company president and creative director Jenna Lyons is seen laughing with her five-year-old son, whose toenails happen to be painted.
But hold on! The boy’s toenails are pink. Worse, they are neon pink, which, if I understand correctly, is even more damning. Suddenly, Lyons finds herself accused of everything from “gender bending” to, in the irresponsible and intolerant words of Erin Brown of the Media Research Center, “…blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”
As of this writing, this silly non-story has made its way onto CNN, ABC, NBC and Fox — OK, that last one is not so surprising — some even branding it “a controversy.”
Really? A controversy?
Fortunately, a voice of sanity has emerged. I don’t care how busy you are — stop whatever you’re doing and click here for Jon Stewart’s master take on this one. (And, please, Ms. Brown, do not read anything into what may or may not rhyme with “master take.”)