I first heard about One Million Moms because of the petition they started and sent to PBS, “Not to marry Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street and not to introduce a transgender character.” Wow! What a great message to send to your kids: “Mommy loves you only if you are heterosexual and only if you are not transgender–now get the Bon Ami and scrub the bathroom!”
While this may seem like much ado about nothing, I fear that One Million Moms has such horrible power that they were able to influence the athletic shoe company Finish Line to alter their commercial. Apparently, there was an art class with a model in the background of the commercial — 1 Million Mean Maniacal Moms had the ad agency air brush out the art model.
Alas, the craziness continues with 1 Million Mean Maniacal Moms, who are now after ABC and Chaz Bono. The Statement from the 1 Million Mean Maniacal Moms is:
Email ABC Network and let them know that we will not tolerate LGBT subjects being forced into our homes. DWTS airs 8/7 central when children are awake and Christian families will not enhance the ratings by watching the show unless these cast members are replaced.
Again, lovely message about conditional love. “Listen up children, Mommy can’t love you if you are anything but Christian and heterosexual.” Is it any wonder why Cyndi Lauper had to start True Colors Residence. These crazy bigoted moms are also now going after a specific Levi’s commercial because of the following:
The dialogue also mentions “your life is your life, the gods wait to delight in you, the gods will offer you chances, know them, take them.” It goes on to say “There are ways out, you can’t beat death, but you can beat death in life sometimes. The more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be.
Here are two specific things that really stick in my craw. One: I’m really tired of the internalized misogyny that tells women keep your baby no matter what–protect the fetus at all cost and oh, by the way, reject the child if it is not exactly who you thought it would be. Secondly, I’m really starting to believe the government need to test and then license parents, which hopefully would preclude dogmatic bigots from having children, which ends up being a serious financial drain long term, not to mention the damage they do to their children.
Here is how I like to think of parenting, and I also just love Sweet Honey in the Rock.