"Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is Pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."
That's the quote, accompanied by a photo of J.Crew's creative director, Jenna Lyons, applying pink polish to 5-year-old son Beckett's toenails, that's caused a firestorm of cultural controversy and had critics crying "transgendered child propaganda." We're pretty sure the minds behind the catalog ad thought the toenail painting was just a cute mother-son activity to highlight on their "Saturday with Jenna" page. Prominent conservatives thought otherwise.
"Yeah, well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who'll be affected by your 'innocent pleasure,'" Dr. Keith Ablow said in an opinion piece for Fox New. "If you have no problem with the J. Crew ad, how about one in which a little boy models a sundress? What could possibly be the problem with that?"
Plenty of others were as outraged as Ablow by Beckett's neon-pink essie polish. However, many are shaking their heads and saying the issue has been blown out of proportion. The Stir blogger Jean Sager had this to say:
"Imagine! A 5-year-old boy. With pink nail polish. How awful! How disturbing!" she wrote. "How the hell did I not even notice that when I got the email? Oh, right, because he's a 5-year-old boy wearing pink nail polish. Not exactly earth shattering news in my house..."
There's plenty of support on both sides of this sexuality debate. Does J.Crew's ad hint at a transgendered child agenda? Was Jenna Lyons insane to paint her 5-year-old son's toenails? Or is all this extensive discussion about a young child's favorite color just making mountains out of molehills? We're wondering what you think.
What kind of message, if any, do you think the J.Crew ad sends?