Kinky Boots performers respond to their Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade critics

Macy's defends the Kinky Boots' performance at its annual Thanksgiving parade

Kinky Boots performers respond to their Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade critics
01 December 2013

The performers from the award winning play Kinky Boots cheekily responded to the critics of their presence in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

As reported by the Huffington Post, the show’s award winning star Billy Porter joined some cast mates to shop at Macy’s on Black Friday, the day after their Thursday performance of Raise You Up/Just Be. Porter was in full drag and most of the other male actors wore sky-high stiletto boots.

Harvey Fierstein, the play’s co-creator, had his Facebook support reprinted in Playbill.com

‘I’m so proud that the cast of Kinky Boots brought their message of tolerance and acceptance to America’s parade,’ Fierstein wrote in a statement. ‘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.’

As for the parade’s sponsor, the department store Macy’s, it gave a full throttled defense of the singers.

‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always spotlighted the best of Broadway since the ’60′s, and this year is no exception,’ a representative said. ‘As 2013′s Tony award-winning best musical, Kinky Boots is not only a hit with Broadway fans, but Black Friday shoppers.’

Last week disapproving YouTube user, called SuperLatvian, posted video of Raise You Up/Just Be and wrote the following:

‘Does every parade these days really have turn turn into a gay pride thing?’ SuperLatvian wrote. ‘Even a traditional family oriented event is no more out of bounds. Parents must have had a lovely time explaining to their kids who watched the parade what a "transsexual" is or why those men dressed in such a way.’

Sites such as EW.com also got negative remarks with a reader named JT writing: ‘It is un-family and un-called for to feature the “Kinky Boots” segment!! !’m just “thankful” my kids didn’t see it. I’m appalled. On a day when we are all trying to enjoy our family, we shouldn’t have to explain that segment to our children! Poor taste!’

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