Over 20,000 people have shared this photo of a boy wearing pink shoes.
Because they're fabulous? Well, maybe, but mostly it's the controversy surrounding the photo.
It was first posted on Facebook on the Have A Gay Day page, purportedly by the boy's big sis. She wrote:
"Yesterday my mom posted a picture on Facebook of my 5-year-old brother Sam wearing a pair of shoes he picked out for his first day of preschool.
She explained to him in the store that they were really made for girls. Sam then told her that he didn’t care and that 'ninjas can wear pink shoes too.'
However, my mom received about 20 comments on the photo from various family members saying how 'wrong' it is and how 'things like this will affect him socially' and, put most eloquently by my great aunt, 'that sh*t will turn him gay.'"
Ever since then, the photo has caused a comment conflagration as thousands- like the mother's relatives- object to the child being allowed to wear "girl" shoes.
Some worry that wearing the shoes will scar him, and some worry that the other kids who see the shoes will scar him.
Others laud the wisdom of a mom letting her son be himself, even as he is figuring out who that is.
We say that a boy wearing pink shoes doesn't mean anything more than the boy likes pink shoes! Obvi pink shoes don't magically turn you gay!
If they did, we would have switched Joe Manganiello's boots with some bright Bruno Maglis ages ago!
Adults only associate blue and pink with gender roles because someone told them to when they were little!
It's a ridiculous, arbitrary cycle! And the more of those we get rid of, the better!
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