Adam Lambert Sounds Off On Critics Calling J. Crew Layout Transgender Promotion

Rocker Adam Lambert has defended a J. Crew layout that features a young boy with painted toenails.
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The layout Saturday with Jenna, which is featured on the clothing giant's website, includes photos of Jenna Lyons, creative director for J. Crew, hanging out with her son Beckett. In one photo, Beckett is seen with his feet in his mother's lap, his toenails painted hot pink. Under the headline “Quality Time,” Lyons is quoted: “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

The layout riled Erin R. Brown of the socially conservative group Culture and Media Institute.

“J. CREW … is targeting a new demographic – mothers of gender-confused young boys,” Brown wrote at the group's website. “At least, that's the impression given by a new marketing piece that features blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.”

Lambert, who isn't averse to wearing makeup and nail polish, blasted the critics.

“Gender confusion?” he tweeted to his nearly 1 million followers. “I don't think it's that deep – children should have full freedom of expression. It's everyone else who's confused.”

“If society didn't work so hard to reinforce gender role stereotypes we would have a much more well-adjusted & open-minded future generation,” he added.



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