When you think of childhood and art projects, one thing above all others usually comes to mind: crayons. After all, they are the perfect medium for anyone under the age of 10. But it would seem that art supply’s foremost manufacturer, Crayola, is no longer interested in children.
Rather, it seems the company has gone woke and tried to thrust itself into social-political conversations. They just might not like where it has gotten them, though.
If you missed it, Crayola recently took to both Facebook and Instagram with ads that celebrated “Disability Pride Month.” Now, as bad as this is for a children’s art supply company to do anyway, this is by far not the worst of it.
You see, those ads did not include simply drawn and colorful images of rainbows or really any art projects that might inspire kids. Instead, it pictured transgender activist Julian Gavino, a woman who identifies as a man and is wheelchair-bound.
Now, for most of you, especially if you are a parent, you might ask why a company like Crayola would ever use transgender advocates to promote their products. I mean, their target age range for most of those products is two to ten years old.
Naturally, a great many have since become concerned that the only reasonable explanation is that Crayola is trying to “groom” our children into certain ways of thinking and what they should find normal and acceptable. And while I’m sure they would say they aren’t doing that, their own reasoning doesn’t sound too far off.
According to the company, Gavino was included in the promotions in hopes that more images of people like her on social media would normalize “trans bodies in the fashion world.” Crayola’s social media accounts posted three photos of “the Disabled Hippie,” as she is also known.
One pictured her with a beard wearing thigh-high, black leather hooker boots, a strange chain bralette over a suit jacket, and long chandelier earrings.
Another showed Gavino bearded, but this time in a leopard jumpsuit and braided ponytail, while sitting awkwardly across her wheelchair and looking very flirtatious.
The last image depicted her clean-shaven, wearing lipstick, red nail polish, and a black jacket.
Naturally, numerous parents were quick to blast the crayon maker for the ads. And many more soon called for boycotts and accused the company of “grooming” children.
As one social media wrote, “Crayola is next in line for the #GoWokeGoBroke movement unless they wake up and leave the kids alone. Stop grooming them!”
Soon after the backlash began, the company deleted all of its posts that included Gavino. Maybe they aren’t as dumb as their posts made them seem.
Still, the question arises as to why a childhood art supply company would be willing to make such promotions in the first place. I mean, what in the world does fashion or the transgender world have to do with young children? Or even crayons, for that matter?
According to Crayola’s posts, the media didn’t show anyone who looked like Gavino when she was younger. And so, she is now “determined to normalize” that look as much as possible.
But for children? What child ages two to ten needs to be taught, especially through social media, that God didn’t create them just as they were meant to be the first time? What child needs to see what they think is a woman who has a beard and becomes confused, suddenly not know what they are, as if there are actually more than two biological sexes?
If making transgender normal in the media is your goal, fine. I might not like it, but I guess it is your right. Let’s just not do it when it’s directly aimed at young and all too impressionable children.
Those social media users were right; this is “grooming” and brainwashing at its finest…