It's been a while since Kansas City has gone viral for anything fabulous. But one Kansas City mom lent some kick-ass credibility to Cowtown.
The woman, who identifies as Sarah, let her son Boo go to a preschool Halloween costume party in the costume he chose. Boo dressed as Daphne, a character from his favorite television show Scooby-Doo. The children liked Boo's costume, but the mothers did not approve.
Sarah blogged about the experience in a post titled "My Son is Gay," though she admitted she doesn't know Boo's sexual orientation yet, and doesn't care. Either way, she found her experience in the classroom heartbreaking.
When Boo entered the classroom, "two mothers went wide-eyed and made faces as if they smelled decomp," wrote Sarah. "Did he ask to be that?!" one asked. Another woman said she was shocked that a mother would let her son dress up as a girl.
If you think that me allowing my son to be a female character for Halloween is somehow going to 'make' him gay then you are an idiot. Firstly, what a ridiculous concept. Secondly, if my son is gay, OK. I will love him no less. Thirdly, I am not worried that your son will grow up to be an actual ninja so back off.Boo's story has gone national, from CNN to the New York Times. But not everyone applauds the mother. One Forbes writer blamed her for "outing" her son, and said that when he grows up and wants to "apply for a visa to Iran," his bouffant-ed photo is going to cause problems.
He knows that we've talked about it and he knows that I wrote about it and he knows that there are millions of people that think he's a little rock star," she said. "I think in 20 years, he will know this story. ... I don't think he will feel angry or shamed, especially when he knows how many people this really touched."You go, Boo. Even if you peaked at age five in the Halloween costume department.
When asked what he thought about the attention, the boy said "Oh, that's sweet," according to Sarah.