The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is trending and it isn’t just the performers or balloons drawing attention. After 91-years the parade made history with the first LGBTQ kiss. As celebrities and singers often perform on parade floats (John Legend and Rita Ora are currently going viral for lip-synching their songs), this year’s talk is about the same-sex kiss between two women as they performed a song from the Broadway show The Prom.
The LGBTQ kiss is getting mixed reactions with many high-profile and gay celebrities thankful for the inclusion. Others are saying the kiss was inappropriate for younger children who are watching the family-friendly Thanksgiving Day parade.
Caitlin Kinnunen (We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Intern) and Isabelle McCalla (Bull) who are both Broadway veterans in addition to their television appearances brought their characters to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. While performing the song “Build A Prom” the two lead, female characters engaged in a kiss.
The Prom is about a lesbian couple who want to attend their high school prom together and their fight to do so.
You may see a video of their performance including the same-sex kiss in the video player below.
The groundbreaking moment quickly went viral and The Prom’s producers released a joint statement to EW.
“Broadway’s The Prom is grateful to Macy’s and NBC for their acceptance and inclusivity of a community and a story that is about acceptance, tolerance and love. These are some of the themes reflected in our musical comedy and we are very proud to be the very first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
One Twitter user shared that her five-year-old was confused by the kiss and the mother changed the channel.
It is sad I just had to change the channel from the #macysthanksgivingdayparade because my 5 yr old is asking me why the girl is wearing a tie and holding hands with the other girl during the “The Prom” number on @TODAYshow.
— Cissie Graham Lynch (@CissieGLynch) November 22, 2018
It’s expected that the controversy will increase as the show airs on the west coast. While some celebrities are weighing in early, the controversy may cause celebrity members of the LGBTQ community to speak out and address the issues.
What do you think of NBC and Macy’s decision to include the same-sex kiss? Do you agree that it is time for the nation to embrace diversity or do you agree with those who say it is inappropriate and confusing for children to see same-sex couples?