ABC’s late night host Jimmy Kimmel thought it would be funny to have parents play a “prank” on their own children by getting “their kids a terrible, out of style, or embarrassing back to school outfit.” While the parents’ assigned homework didn’t include forcing their children to actually wear the outfits to school, the video montage his ABC producers put together — culled from dozens of videos parents posted to YouTube — offered several outfits that allowed parents and the millions of viewers that comprise Kimmel’s national and international audience to think it is OK to use “gay” as an insult, and to continue the false concept that gender non-conforming children are somehow acceptable targets of humor. In short, Kimmel is empowering anti-LGBT hate.
“At least one of the parents thought putting their kid in an ‘I’m So Gay’ t-shirt would be hilariously humiliating,” Towleroad’s Andy Towle, the first to post the video, writes. “Kimmel’s producers agreed enough to include it in the gag reel. Is the point here that it would be ‘horrible’ for the kid because so many are bullied for being gay, or are gays the actual punchline? The point here would seem to be the latter.”
One man’s voice in the background, presumably a boy’s father, asks “if Jimmy Kimmel will be paying for a psychiatrist” because his son is wearing a dress.
Congratulations, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel, for starting the school year off with an invitation to bully kids.
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