Parents want what’s best for their kids. They are willing to do whatever it takes for them to be happy. Often that means they are desperate to make the right decisions for their children in the face of a lot of serious hardships.
For one mom, having a five-year-old son who doesn’t conform to gender norms is something that she embraces. Lori Duron’s son C.J. is “gender creative, gender fluid, gender independent, gender variant,” she tells today.com.
Recently, her blog about her “rainbow boy” stirred a bit of an argument on Twitter. Particularly between James Woods and Neil Patrick Harris. James Woods isn’t one to keep quiet on political and social issues and this was no exception.
It all started after the boy’s mother, Lori, posted a photo of her, her husband and their son C.J., writing “My sweet, fabulous boy has never received so many compliments.”
She continued, “He’s used to getting stares and whispers when we’re out in public. He’s not used to getting the smiles, hugs, and encouragement he received at Pride.”
The family enjoyed a full, sunny day at the Orange County Pride Parade in Southern California.
Woods’ tweet, “Wait until this kid grows up and stuff both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage,” caused a major backlash.
Neil Patrick Harris tweeted back to the actor, writing “Utterly ignorant and classless, Mr. Woods. I’m friends with this family. You know not of what you speak, and should be ashamed of yourself.”
Another actor also had something to say to Wood’s Tweet, writing “When did you dismember your humanity and stuff it in a freezer in the garage?”
But Woods had a lot to say back to Harris and the others. He addressed the controversy a few days later, saying he was concerned about the child being used to score political points.
He wrote, “Using one’s child as a social justice propaganda doll is tantamount to child abuse. This is not about homophobia. Nice try though.”
He didn’t stop there, arguing that because kids can be cruel and exclusionary to those who are different, parents should avoid “making children a target”
He tweeted, “Some children can be ruthlessly cruel to children who are simply different in any way. I humbly suggest making your child a target is unwise”
Woods continued, “I spent my entire life in the New York theater scene, kids. I have more gay friends than Liberace. So let’s stop the homophobia train.” He concluded tweeting he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him.
Regardless what Woods intended on saying, we think it’s great that Lori and her husband are supporting their little boy in whatever he chooses to do or however way he chooses to be.