A religious mom, who home-schools her six-year-old son, is upset over a new CoverGirl commercial that features James Charles, a 17-year-old boy.
The mom, Sarah, wrote about her distress on her private blog, The Homeschool Conservative, which was reprinted on Homeschool Base.
According to Sarah, she and her husband were in a conversation when the ad aired on Nov. 25 while the family was watching a Christmas program on ABC-TV:
Both of us were caught off guard, we didn’t know how to answer. I don’t know why, but the most logical thing we could think of at that moment was to say, "No, that’s a girl."
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The commercial comes on a second time. It is undeniable, it’s a guy.
Now we knew we had to talk about it.
Sarah recalled the "moral dilemma" that she faced on how to explain the commercial to her son:
I thought about lying and saying, "That’s how his eyes really look." Or, do I tell the truth and have a deeper discussion with him? Maybe, "That’s the way his mommy and daddy chose to raise him. But, that’s not the way we are choosing to raise you."
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Does a parent end it there? Or continue to say, "That is sinful and wrong. He shouldn’t be doing that, and his parents are wrong."
Sarah said that she and her husband chose to tell their son: "That is how his parents chose to raise him," but she noted her future worries:
My fear is that this will just lead to more questions. Now, we have to monitor more heavily what he is watching. Can we continue to let him watch everything? Or should we put a filter on absolutely every bit of media he is watching?
At only 6 years old, this is too early. All we wanted to do was watch an animated movie with him. I feel it is clear that every time we sit down with him and watch TV we will need to be prepared for bigger questions. It is a shame that we can’t take our eyes off our son for a single second. Thank God we homeschool.
Sarah wrote that she was going to stop buying CoverGirl cosmetics, and added:
I am caught in a slippery slope, now hesitant to let him go over to friend’s house. Our world is headed in a direction where my 6-year-old son is having to grow up so much faster than I want him to.
David and I must now determine how we are going to handle these big issues when we are not together.
The New York Times reported in October that Charles has over 90,000 subscribers on YouTube where he demonstrates makeup tips. Charles made news in September when he recalled on social media how he had his senior school picture retaken with his own lighting because he didn't like his cheekbones.
Charles, who has almost 650,000 followers on Instagram, told the newspaper:
My followers are some of the most loyal people out there. They know everything about me and my life. They know all my drama with guys that I have crushes on, all that stupid stuff that doesn’t really matter. But all that stuff allows me to build a close relationship with them.
So even though I get hate comments every once in a while, it doesn’t affect me, because I have so many more people who are supporting me and loving me for who I am. If somebody doesn’t like me behind the keyboard, oh, well. Everybody has the right to their own opinion. I’ll just continue to do me.