TIM WILDMON: Racy Macy’s parade went beyond G-rated television



Well, under the category of “Is nothing sacred anymore?” was the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on NBC. About 30 minutes into the two-hour broadcast America’s families were confronted with a collection of drag queens, transvestites and transgendered from the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. We are talking about men dressed up like women in thigh high boots strutting to the musical lyrics “let pride be your guide” and “just be who you want to be.”

The Tony Award-winning musical was written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper. Fierstein released this statement to the website Broadway World, saying: “I’m so proud that the cast of Kinky Boots brought their message of tolerance and acceptance to America’s parade.”

Macy’s and NBC approved of this. Matt Lauer introduced the drag queen show with pride. Meanwhile parents of young children across the country were totally caught off guard and left to explain why grown men were prancing around on television dressed like women. How do you explain that to a seven-year-old?

I guess you could say this.

“Well son, some people are boys that want to be girls so they pretend they are girls,” a parent might say. “And if you want to go put on your little sister’s ballerina outfit and dance around the house why that would be ok as well. Daddy is not here to judge you. The important thing we learn from Kinky Boots, son, is that we are tolerant of whatever other people want to do.”

Or you could say this.

“Son, those men to television should not be dressed like girls. What they are doing there is wrong. God made girls and God made boys different and that is a good thing. Sadly, those men are confused about right and wrong behavior.”

On another topic altogether, I was really surprised when Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen went for a first down on fourth and one yard to go in overtime of the Egg Bowl. If he doesn’t make it, it almost guarantees an Ole Miss victory. Watching the game with family I said aloud Mullen was rolling the dice unnecessarily, he should kick the field goal and put the pressure on Ole Miss to score a touchdown. Well, we all know now that quarterback Dak Prescott not only got the one yard, he ran for three yards and what proved to be the winning score. As they say, that’s why they pay these coaches the big bucks…

Same type situation between Alabama and Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama ahead by seven points midway through the fourth quarter faced a fourth and inches at the Auburn 11 yard line. Instead of kicking a chip-shot field goal and basically sealing the win for the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban decide to show Auburn who was boss by going for it and … he didn’t make it. That gave Auburn new life and we all know now what happened in that game. There was no good reason not to kick the field goal there unless you had lost confidence in your kicker and he had missed on three previous attempts that day. But regardless of that decision, none of us will ever witness a game with as many twists, turns and as much high stakes drama as that particular game had. Hollywood could never make a movie like that game. No one would ever believe it could happen that way …

Ole Miss and State fans can both be happy to go bowling again this season considering their schedules. Ole Miss played six teams in the BCS top 25. State also played six teams in the BCS top 25 including four teams in the BCS top 10.

Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

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  • FrereJocques

    Fortunately, Mr. Wildmon, you have not been appointed the censor of what is allowed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I did not see the parade, either live or on television, but if Macy’s and NBC approved it, then it couldn’t have been that bad.

    You know, Mr. Wildmon, if it weren’t for people like you, it’s very likely that organizations like Kinky Boots wouldn’t even exist. These groups exist to tweak the beliefs of people just like you, people like you who want to deny and yes even outlaw the very existence of GLBTQ people. You misuse a moldy, dusty 2,000 year old book to suit your own twisted agenda, without knowing or caring that it was written partly to explain to the masses what science at the time could not….and attribute naturally occurring events to an angry and vengeful God, and thereby forcing obedience to said God, not through love but through fear.

    Civil Rights for the above-mentioned people is still not a reality. Just like Martin Luther King jr. did for civil rights for blacks, they are demonstrating and pushing for rights for themselves. That sometimes involves marches, and public displays that are jarring to the senses of some people. Perhaps they should have carried a depiction of Matthew Shepard tied to a wooden fence, beaten and hanging lifeless in a pasture. I can’t help but wonder what comment you would have made here about that.

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  • the_rocket

    “Fortunately, Mr. Wildmon, you have not been appointed the censor of what is allowed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.”
    Unfortunately Mr. Wildmon has appointed himself the censor of what the citizens of MS

    are allowed to experience. Daily Journal, PLEASE stop giving this biggot a soap box to spew his filth from.


    Why should the cast of Kinky Boots be a shock? Were we shocked at Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Flip Wilson, etc. etc. etc when they dressed in outlandish women’s attire for entertainment. Indeed this has been going on for centuries. Drag queens are entertainers – – period.

    In this day of hyper-hatred, Kinky Boots is a heartwarming story of people working beyond their differences to achieve a common goal – – perhaps that’s a bit too non-confrontational for the Wildmon crowd.

  • Winston Smith

    Tim loves the D


    For the record: the cast members from Kinky Boots were dressed in drag. Not that it matters really, but from what I can tell there are no transvestites or transgendered individuals in the cast at all.

  • barney fife

    A 7 year old doesn’t need a dissertation as a response. Simply put, those individuals are in costume for a play.
    Further discussion regarding tolerance can come after the show is over.
    Don’t get your panties all in a twist, Mr. Wildmon.