Converse, one of the most popular shoe companies has announced its annual “Pride Collection” of sneakers which include themes with rainbows and transgender flags, and a 11-year-old boy named Desmond Napoles, best known as “Desmond is Amazing” represents the brand among its six “faces of pride” for the collection this year.
“What started as a rebellious fight for equality has since grown into a loud, proud assertion of true self-expression. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride with a glitter-dipped collection of parade-worthy sneakers, including our first-ever trans flag design. Because equal rights are for everyone,” reads the Converse webpage for the collection.
High top and low top chuck shoes include designs with rainbow stripes or dots — and rainbow soles, as well as a new pink, blue and grey shoe that represents the transgender flag. Contributions from sneaker sales are being made to the It Gets Better Project, OUT MetroWest, and Fenway Health.”
Some people seem to agree and even pleased with Converse’s annual Pride Collection. The comments read the following:
“As our community grows, the rest of the world will understand that people are people and love is love,” writes a former Navy SEAL who now identifies as a woman and goes by the name Kristin Beck.
“Being transgender does not define who I am, but it doesn’t stop me from being prideful,” also states a teenage girl who identifies as a boy and goes by the name Felix.
“There is no normal,” remarks Desmond Napoles, an 11-year-old “drag kid.”
However, some others became outraged and their reaction to Converse’s collection has been largely negative. Similarly, with some noting that Napoles is just a child and should not be made the poster boy of drag.
“Oh Converse, no. That’s a small child,” one commenter wrote under the company’s Twitter announcement.
“Um, using a child in this manner is super inappropriate. What were you thinking??!” another asked.
“We see where you stand with promoting KIDS as drags!!!” a third exclaimed.
A number of commenters said that they would not buy from the company again.
“And now I am done with Converse. This is sad, exploiting, and uncalled for. Might try #Vans next,” one follower wrote.
“Thanks for ruining one of my favorite brands. Never more Converse. Bye,” another stated.
“Won’t be wearing their boots again. I’ll be so thankful when Lord Jesus puts everything back to the natural order,” a third remarked.