A subsidiary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Life, put out a new video recently in which Canadian television host Jessi Cruickshank cajoles and coerces young children into becoming “gay allies.” The video, aired during LGBTQ “Pride” month, is shot in a room filled with rainbow balloons and bursting with gay pride flags. Cruickshank sits at a table with several kids who appear to be 6-10 years old and asks them questions pertaining to same-sex marriage and sexual diversity. At this age, they should be asked who their favorite cartoon character is or what their favorite breakfast cereal is, not if they heartily support one man putting his penis in another’s anus.
Ms. Cruickshank begins by exclaiming: “Happy pride everybody!” She then prods the kiddies into defining what gay pride is and asks them if they consider themselves “gay allies.” Surely, she doesn’t expect any of the children to reply, “Well, Ms. Cruickshank, I have been pondering this subject for some time now, and it is my deeply held personal conviction that love is love. The kinkier the prouder, I say. Let those freak flags fly! Of course I am a gay ally, and will be until the day I die!” Knowing this, what do you think is the point of these queries? This “show?”
Of course, the little people respond “Definitely!” to the question. You can hear the “Yay!!” in their young voices. Cruickshank then proceeds to ask the kids if they know what the phrase “coming out of the closet” means and what they think about having two moms or two dads. Bizarrely, she then talks about Jodie Foster and nudity in general, before asking them if they’ll aspire to be “gay icons” such as Ricky Martin or Lady Gaga.
It is obvious that at least one or two of the kids didn’t really know what Cruickshank and the show’s producers were trying to do. One child said “coming out of the closet” was a hide and seek game.
Cruickshank ends the video by stating, “Everybody should aspire to be a gay icon!” The children cheer.
I don’t much care what consenting adults do as long as it doesn’t needlessly harm someone else. I did not write this as an anti-gay screed. But this is the most potentially damaging, disgusting video I can ever recall seeing. This is virtually unprecedented, if passive-aggressive, bullying presented as a plea for tolerance. This is child sexual abuse, pedophilia, harassment. This was a sad and pathetic exercise in mental masturbation on the part of everyone involved in the making of this documentary of indoctrination. Smiling, smarmy coercion on the part of those older and in power, of those younger and innocent, makes me sick. To do this while virtue signaling is repellent and offensive in the extreme.
To truly understand progressive hypocrisy—and where our culture is today—imagine if, instead of “gay allies” and “gay icons,” Cruickshank had tried to prod the children into becoming “Trump supporters” or “religious persons.”
The CBC, as well as NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC, would have unanimously and vociferously blasted the show as an unforgivable exercise in far right-wing bigotry and hate-mongering.