Read the powerful, viral note this dad wrote to his makeup artist son’s bully.
This is YouTuber and makeup guru Manny Gutierrez.
He’s taking the beauty world by storm, one tweet at a time.
Maybelline just recruited Gutierrez to be the face of its new mascara campaign — the very first time the role has ever been given to a man.
From a promotional standpoint, the move was a smart one. Gutierrez has amassed millions of social media fans who follow him for his expert makeup advice and hilarious online presence.
But with all the extra fanfare lately, Gutierrez, who is openly gay, has attracted some unwanted attention too.
On Jan. 6, 2017, conservative blogger Matt Walsh tweeted out a photo of Gutierrez, writing, “Dads, this is why you need to be there to raise your sons.”
Dads, this is why you need to be there to raise your sons. https://t.co/8ybirgppKi
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog)
Needless to say, Walsh’s tweet — which racked up nearly 5,000 favorites and over 1,600 retweets — encapsulates a whole lot of bigotry and ignorance in less than 140 characters.
Walsh’s rhetoric wasn’t just harmful, though, it was factually incorrect too.
Gutierrez’s dad, “Manny Sr.,” has been there for the social media star.
In fact, he’s been one of Gutierrez’s biggest supporters.
After Walsh’s example of fragile masculinity went viral, Manny Sr. — who works for his son and is “so proud” of him — decided to throw in his two cents. He wrote a message addressed to Walsh and asked Gutierrez to share it on his social media accounts:
My dad is a fucken SAVAGE, I can’t with him ❤️ https://t.co/iWceEmZ6L4
— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733)
“Not only am I proud of what [my son] has accomplished, but I’m more proud of the person he has become,” Manny Sr. wrote.
“I know the words you speak are from lack of knowing anybody from the LGBT community,” he wrote. “If you did, you would soon realize they are some of the most real and kind hearted individuals that walk this planet of ours.”
Fortunately, Manny’s tweet with his dad’s message has spread much further than Walsh’s original hateful comment, garnering more than 12,000 retweets and nearly 60,000 favorites.
Gutierrez’s dad’s love for his son reflects a broader shift in parents who are accepting and supportive of their LGBTQ children.
While the popularity of same-sex marriage doesn’t necessarily indicate progress on all queer issues, it does serve as a general barometer to gauge Americans’ evolving attitudes on LGBTQ rights. And in that sense, we’ve come a long way.
Not only has national approval of marriage equality trended upward in recent years — surpassing 60% in 2016 — but, more specifically, parents of a certain generation are coming around to the idea too: A 2016 WedInsights study found that 60% of married same-sex couples reported having emotional support from their parents — up from 46% in 2013.
There are many more Manny Sr.’s out there.
In response to the letter, fans applauded Gutierrez’s dad.
Whether it was through an abundance of exclamation points…
…attempts to recruit Gutierrez’s dad for public office…
@MannyMua733 Can we have your dad for president?! 🙏🏼
— Cheryl (@MakeupByCherylH)
…or sending him a simple message of love via hug.
Fans loved Manny Sr.’s message of inclusion. And that message, of course, wasn’t lost on Gutierrez either.
“He’s the best,” Gutierrez wrote in response to one fan. “[I’m] so lucky to have him.”
This article was originally published on January 18, 2017
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