Fox News' Keith Ablow Goes Off on J. Crew's Jenna Lyons
Amid reports that she is leaving her husband for a woman, the TV doctor points to a toe-nail painting controversy with her young son as "expressing her own discomfort with masculinity."
Fox News' Keith Ablow is lashing out at J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons, who is reportedly leaving her husband for a woman, according to the New York Post.
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Pointing to a controversial J. Crew ad from last spring that featured her 5-year-old son, Beckett, having his toenails painted pink, Ablow blogged Wednesday on FoxNews.com: "I said Lyons was making a cultural statement about masculinity no longer being important to boys—that she was, essentially, uncomfortable with his gender.
"I thought Lyons was promoting a cultural agenda at her son’s expense—and at the expense of all our sons whose masculinity was being downplayed," he went on.
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"Well, I’ve never evaluated Lyons psychologically, and I’m not pretending to have any more expertise about her psyche than any other commentator. But it turns out there was, indeed, more to the story. If reports in the media, from the New York Post's Page Six, for example, are correct, Lyons is now divorcing her husband, is romantically involved with a woman and battling over how much of a settlement to give her husband, since she was the breadwinner in the family," he wrote.
"All this says nothing about the value of a heterosexual versus homosexual relationship; that’s an individual matter and not an appropriate focus for criticism (It certainly has zero to do with my criticism)," Ablow clarified.
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"What it says is that my worry that Ms. Lyons might be expressing her own discomfort with masculinity and projecting it onto her son—and mine, and yours—seems to have been justified," he added. "It says that Lyons does seem to have been promulgating her perspectives on gender roles having no value. "
"It says that she was, indeed, apparently using J. Crew—a brand so many of our kids gravitate toward—as her launching pad for a mini-campaign to change the way our kids think about their bodies and their gender identities," he said.
Ablow also suspects that Lyons will be "cast on a reality show in the future."
Ablow is currently working on a book called Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony, due next year.