Hold onto your crèches, America! Christmas is officially getting a “gay” makeover on Twitter.
The social media site is apparently exploding with support for “gaytivity” scenes after user Cameron Esposito, comedienne and host of Queery Podcast, posted an image of a Nativity scene featuring two Josephs wearing pink and kneeling beside baby Jesus.
In a Nov. 24 post, Esposito wrote: “Our neighbors’ two Joseph nativity is up & I’m beaming.”
The post has gone viral, receiving more than 3,300 retweets and 22,000 “likes.”
Twitter followers responded by posting messages of support and even including images of their own “gaytivity” scenes. Some comments included:
- “Here come the three wise men. Now it’s a party.” – John Schember
- “The Bible says that Jesus had two dads. I see nothing wrong with this.” – Hope
- “We need to do this instead of stealing a baby Jesus this year.” – Marina
- “Jesus, Marty & Joseph! I [love] this!” – Ruben Quesada
- “Man the birth of Jesus was DEFINITELY a miracle now.” – Mary Magdalene Visaggio
- “Immaculate conception and fabulous robes.” – Curtis Stigers
One person responded by posting an image of a lesbian “gaytivity” scene featuring two Marys:
Another named Kelly posted a tweet about Jesus and his “two dads”:
The “gay” Nativity scenes received such a big reaction on Twitter that even talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned them during his Tuesday show.
“I’m told Twitter is blowing up,” Limbaugh said. “I’ll tell you folks, some of this stuff, I’m just getting sick of it. There’s apparently a children’s book depicting a gay Santa in a biracial marriage, and now a gay Nativity scene is being popularized called gaytivity, two Josephs kneeling over the baby Jesus.”
Limbaugh also pointed to an article in the feminist publication Refinery 29, which said of the two-Joseph “gaytivity” scene: “What if it wasn’t Mary and Joseph who met their child that night, but instead Murray and Joseph? Or Marty and Joseph?”
[T]his is the kind of rot that’s permeating out there on social media that is further obscuring and blurring reality and tradition. It’s just this never-ending quest for people who don’t consider themselves to be normal to try to change that and be considered normal. And as I say, it’s blowing up Twitter, but I don’t know how. I don’t know if it’s being massively supported or not. I just wanted to alert you to the fact that it’s there and remember, we’re on the cutting edge here, and since it’s early on you might be seeing this or hearing about it later.
I wanted you to have some advance notice of it, ’cause it’s the kind of meme — remember back in the era of homelessness when it was a big, major political football for the left, Mitch Snyder and the Center for Creative Nonviolence in Washington, Martin Sheen and all these guys kicking homeless people off the sewer grates at night to sleep to show solidarity. Back then they imagined that Mary and Joseph were homeless, was a way of romanticizing and promoting homelessness. Mary and Joseph were homeless. They arrived and had to stay in a manger, sleep on the hay. I mean, people wouldn’t give a hotel room, what have you. It was just absurd.
And it is yet again another attack on aspects of Western civilization and decency that knows no bounds. So now the gaytivity scene, which, by the way, you know, more and more American cities for a while there banned nativity scenes because it was forcing Christianity on nonbelievers. It was a violation of the First Amendment, forcing your religion on people.
I guarantee you that no such objection will be made if your town decides to have a gaytivity scene with Jesus in the cradle and two fathers. And if you object to that, you’ll be the bigot. If you object to that, you will be the racist and whatever other name-calling gets into gear.