A conservative group faced backlash on Twitter after it claimed the same-sex kiss televised live from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York had broken the innocence of “millions of small children.”
ForAmerica ― whose mission is to “reinvigorate the public with the principles of American exceptionalism: freedom, prosperity and virtue” — accused Macy’s and NBC of blindsiding parents Thursday by airing the kiss between actresses Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla during a rendition of musical “The Prom.”
The group also accused the network and department store of trying to “push their agenda on little kids.”
In response, many tweeters noted that “love is love” and not “a political agenda.” “It was a family program. Not all families look the same. It’s good that all children see that,” wrote one. “Love is a family program,” added another.
Others claimed the innocence of American children had been more likely taken by the country’s gun violence epidemic and mass shootings:
It was a family program. Not all families look the same. It’s good that all children see that.
— Natalie Sutherland (@NatalieSuther20) November 22, 2018
love isn’t a political agenda. love is love
— ??? ????? ??????? (@harvcykinkle) November 22, 2018
If any child had their innocence broken by this, it’s only because their awful parents have already taught them to hate gay people
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) November 23, 2018
Hi from the UK! FYI my 2 year old son’s best friend is a little girl. That little girl has 2 mums (yes i said mums and not moms). My 2 year old has no issue with this. Get a grip. More pressing issues in the world than a same sex couple kissing on tv
— Aydenn Wardle (@ManCalledWardle) November 23, 2018
Hahahaha…man..as soon as I saw that I knew some hateful people were gonna be big mad? get over it. My 4 year old saw it and didn’t say anything
If you need a warning about a parade, you need to look at your life and also never leave your house ??
— Erica Albert (@ealbert1234) November 22, 2018
Had their innocence broken? Really? Events in America would be the reason for that, rather than a lovely kiss. Get your priorities right people. It is 20gayteen after all
— Linn gould (@LinnLinnjgould) November 23, 2018
Kids are shot in American schools on the regular & we continue to do nothing about it. You want to preserve their innocence? Let’s maybe worry about that & not expressions of love.
— Ali Young ?️? (@mustang_ali2) November 23, 2018
We shot the innocence out of all the kids in the US already, its fine.
— andy ?? (@Andy_Benandy) November 23, 2018
This country averages one mass shooting a day. Given the choice between women kissing and people dying, I’ll take the former.
— Kat With a K ?? (@Ms_Kat_L) November 22, 2018
All those millions of small children wouldn’t see a single thing wrong on that screen, until their parents start telling them they should be seeing otherwise. Teaching your child to judge, demean and hate other people is the ONLY problem here!
— Claire Abbott (@clairington) November 23, 2018
The horror. Two people exercising legally protected freedom. If only there was an organization looking to reinvigorate freedom to defend them from bigoted harassment. pic.twitter.com/L5jGJfDqqW
— Professor Harbinger (@profharbinger) November 23, 2018
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) November 23, 2018
— Christine People’s E4L Choice (@tacocarebear) November 23, 2018
How about you think about all the people who couldn’t go home to their families today because they have been disowned and shamed for who they love and who they are. Think of all the people on the streets as a result. Explaining to kids that everyone should be loved isn’t hard
— Caitríona O Connell (@Caitriona100) November 22, 2018
That kiss was absolutely innocent and lovely. Nothing to hide
— Happy hALLYdays ?? (@allyobrien) November 22, 2018
Gay individuals have families too and love their children like you do. However, most of them are not hateful since they have learned the hard way that being in the minority makes you a target by unempathetic, fearful people. I’m very impressed with NBC and Macys.
— Lee Cusenbary (@Cusenbary) November 22, 2018
Two girls kissing on TV: offensive.
Trump brags about sexually assaulting women and mocks disabled reporter: support him for president.
— Matthew Worden (@MattTheRurouni) November 23, 2018