All one Kansas City area mom did was let her 5-year-old son be what he wanted to be for Halloween.
Didn’t matter, she thought, that it was Daphne, of “Scooby-Doo” fame. He’d already dressed as the snack-eating dog a couple of years back.
So he’d be a girl for Halloween. That’s cute. Everyone would think it was cute. Surely no one would be cruel or make fun, not on Halloween. Or so she thought.
More than a week after he showed up at his church preschool in full costume and got a chilly reception from some of the moms, his own mom’s blog about the reaction has exploded on the Internet. And his mom, who says she’s a cop’s wife on her “Nerdy Apple Bottom” blog, is a hotly sought talk-show booking. She’s already done a phone interview with “The Today Show” and is scheduled to be on the show again this morning.
“My son is gay,” read the headline of her blog post. Below that was a picture of her smiling son, sporting the orange wig, pink dress and purple tights of his Daphne costume.
But you can’t read the headline about being gay without going further.
“Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son,” she wrote. “And he is 5. And I am his mother. And if you have a problem with anything mentioned above, I don’t want to know you.”
She goes on to describe Halloween at preschool when she and her son walked in and two mothers “went wide-eyed and made faces as if they smelled decomp.”
The cop’s wife went on to say that one of the moms said in disgust: “Did he ask to be that?”
“I say that he sure did as Halloween is the time of year that you can be whatever it is that you want to be,” she wrote.
Another mom wanted to know whether she tried to talk him out of it.
Nerdy Apple Bottom went on to explain on her blog: “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. I am not worried that your son will grow up to be an actual ninja so back off.”
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