Each year, millions of Americans consider the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a vital part of their holiday celebration. For some on the perpetually offended left, however, it merely presents another opportunity for outrage.
An historic event that has long included festive floats and balloons depicting animals and other figures, a number of animal rights activists are up in arms over the likeness of Shamu the whale being included in the parade.
While the protesters decry the treatment of whales at theme parks such as SeaWorld, which is sponsoring the Shamu float, parade organizers are standing by their decision.
“There is no controversy,” Amy Kule explained. “Our goal is to entertain, and that is their goal, as well.”
The executive producer for the parade has dealt with significant backlash, including from frequently profane actor Alec Baldwin and his wife. The couple recently wrote that SeaWorld “should not be celebrated” with the inclusion of a float.
Activists are set to be present along the parade route next Thursday, though Macy’s is determined to stay clear of the controversy.
“The parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate or other forms of advocacy,” the company said in a recent statement.
That statement is not good enough for some who feel the retailer should strip SeaWorld of its spot in the event. Parade fan and college professor Kenneth Sherrill said he believes Macy’s refusal to enter the fray “means you’re supporting the status quo.”
For Macy’s, however, the status quo is an entertaining parade that doesn’t interject divisive ideological causes into the annual event. Leftist activists, however, are compelled to shoehorn their own beliefs into any situation.
Just because a small segment of the population disapproves of a legitimate business’ practice does not mean that organization should be intimidated into shrinking away from an event like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hopefully, these misguided activists will someday recognize that fact.
–B. Christopher Agee
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