The cast of the hit Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" performed two songs during Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, provoking strong reactions of both support and anger because some of the male actors were dancing in drag.
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. Ten years ago I was humbled to ride a float dressed as Mrs. Claus and it was the thrill of a lifetime. Congratulations to Macy's, on leading the world, not only with your salesmanship, but also your humanity."
Those who were not pleased with what they saw on NBC's broadcast of the parade took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here's a collection of tweets, pro and con:
I think my favourite part of the parade so far is watching America's bewildered reaction to Kinky Boots on Twitter.— Chris Van Patten (@ChrisVanPatten) November 28, 2013
Pretty sure I don't need @MacysDayParade lecturing my family about diversity via "Kinky Boots". Let the kids be kids.— ?MacTheDave (@MacTheDave) November 28, 2013
Kinky boots is what is wrong with America— brendan jester (@61jester) November 28, 2013
Kinky Boots was a odd selection for the thanksgiving day parade. Maybe next year, we'll see Rocky Horror Picture Show on the parade route— Jon Brieck Juracko (@Uncle_Brieck) November 28, 2013
NBC has broadcast a boisterous drag show to family homes nationwide today, twice. Thanks Kinky Boots.— General Ironicus (@Gen_Ironicus) November 28, 2013
Kinky Boots is trending on Twitter in the US... It's okay everyone. This is 2013.— Chris Van Patten (@ChrisVanPatten) November 28, 2013
So some people had a problem with the Kinky Boots number at the parade. Deal with it, losers!— Andrea Patrick (@AndreaKcc) November 29, 2013