Senator John McCain’s (extremely handsome) son Jack had the perfect response to racists who attacked Old Navy’s ad featuring an interracial family. “To the people upset about the #OldNavy #Scandal” of a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it,” Jack, 30, tweeted on Monday, May 2, along with a photo of him and his wife, Air Force Reserve Captain Renee Swift, who is black.
To the people upset about the #OldNavy “Scandal” of an a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it. @Reneeitchka pic.twitter.com/yA5YwbZRcm
— Jack McCain (@McCainJack) May 2, 2016
Moments later, the Navy lieutenant posted a second picture, this time from their 2013 wedding in San Francisco. “I hope this one burns too, you ignorant racists,” he wrote. Then Swift got in on the action, posting a third image of her and Jack. “I was just in @OldNavy this weekend! Bought something for me and my husband. #LoveWins.”
I was just in @OldNavy this weekend! Bought something for me and my husband. #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/fE5s97yDny
— Renee Swift McCain (@Reneeitchka) May 2, 2016
On Friday, April 29, the retail chain offered a 30 percent discount to its customers in a tweet that featured a gorgeous interracial family (a white father, a black mother and their mixed-race child). The response was shocking. “Absolutely disgusting. What’s next? Gender neutral bathrooms? Pedophilia acceptance propaganda!? Never shopping here again,” fumed one troll, while another chimed in, “Stop promoting miscegenation or else I’m taking my $$$ elsewhere.”
Oh, happy day! Our #ThankYouEvent is finally here. Take 30% off your entire purchase: https://t.co/nGQ9Pji1pN pic.twitter.com/vq4mIczm6A
— Old Navy Official (@OldNavy) April 29, 2016
McCain couldn’t help but speak up. “The mere fact that this is a conversation in the year 2016 is disheartening enough, and why this type of response — like the one aimed at Old Navy — merits conversation,” McCain told Navy Times on Tuesday, May 3. “I did not intend for this level of exposure. Mostly, I wanted to take a principled stand on an issue that shouldn’t be one in the first place,” he said. “If there is one result I could hope for out of all of this furor, it would be helping to ensure that intolerance has no place in service, or in our national discourse.”
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