Jenna Lyons’ Son Has the Best Reaction to J. Crew Controversy

Just last month, New York-based retailer J. Crew made headlines with a photo of Executive Creative Director, Jenny Lyons, painting her five-year-old son’s toenails hot pink. The photo ran with the caption, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon!“. It appeared  in the “Saturday with Jenna” section which  features her and her family’s favorite products. When the catalog was released there was outrage from a Fox News contributor (ed. note: too ridiculous to link to), going as far as labeling it “transgendered child propaganda.” {Yahoo} Considering that the pink nail polish shade sold out in record time, it seems that J.Crew shoppers weren’t too offended.

Now it seems the brand has done it again with images featured in their newest catalog. The preppy looks are modeled by J. Crew’s own employees, including the one above titled, “Happy Together. Our Designer Somsack and his boyfriend, Micah.” The photo sparked even more controversy. ABC says the catalog includes “an explicit ad of a same-sex couple”, and titled the article, “J. Crew at Center of Gay Economics with Openly Gay Model.” Yes, we all know how raunchy button down shirts and ties are, or perhaps it’s that hot and heavy arm grab from a full arm’s length away that says “get a room!” Okay, we’re really not sure what’s explicit here.

J. Crew declined to comment on the issue, but it seems to us that the photo’s caption says it all. The bottom line is that painting a little boy’s toenails pink won’t make him gay, nor will looking at happy gay couples on the pages of a fashion catalogue. It is sad that people cannot tolerate the differences among us. {Refinery29}

Fortunately, in addition to Jenna Lyons being lucky enough to end up with a boy who shares a favorite color, she also ended up with a child who can seemingly see what’s really important. “He was just like, ‘I’m on television! I’m on television!’ It was very cute. He was over the moon,” Lyons said. {WWD}

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