So JCPenney done did it now. First, they get in trouble with an anti-gay mother’s group for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson (and not backing down). Now, JCPenney launches a Father’s Day ad featuring not one – but two dads. And the kicker is, those dads are gay. Like, gay for each other.
SRSLY, JCPenney, this is an awesome step in the right direction not just for dadvertising, but for advertising as a whole – and 8BitDad salutes you. See the full (uncropped, un8bit’d) ad after the jump.
This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about emergencies:
Have you ever been to the emergency room with your child?
Everyone has accidents, everyone has oopsies. But big …
Very soon, I’ll be returning home from Afghanistan, where I’ve been deployed away from my family for nearly a year. Let me tell you that I am absolutely thrilled to see my wife and kiddos, and I bet they are stoked to have me home as well.
I’m fortunate that this is only my first deployment, and also that it will likely be my last for some time. For a lot of American military families, this is not the case, and some military members with multiple deployments have been away for three, four, even FIVE years of their childrens’ lives.
The sweetest part of a military deployment is probably the homecoming, where we reunite with the people in our lives that we love most. Amidst the countdowns and preparations, a lot is built up around having the family intact again. Military parents make plans just as much as I am sure the children do. I’ve got some plans of my own that I thought I would like to share at 8BD. So here’s a list of the 5 things I can’t wait to do with my kids once I get home from Afghanistan.
First things first, I need you to promise me a couple of things: 1) that you won’t tell anyone that I read Jezebel, and 2) that you won’t tell Jezebel that I read Jezebel.
So I was reading Jezebel, and recently, blogger Tracy Moore put up an article (linked below) called “You’re So Not Almost Ready for a Baby, Even If You Think You Are”. Moore’s got a good list of reasons why your girlfriend, fiancé, wife, and/or best friend is probably not ready for that baby they’ve been looking to squirt out. And here at 8BitDad, we’d love to tell you not-yet-father-dudes that you’re – deep breath – ready to take the plunge. And by that, I mean a plunge with your totally unprotected penis into a totally unprotected vagina.
The truth is: you might not be ready. And that’s okay! Moore says your gal might not be ready too! Let’s do some real-talk right now ’bout it.
A couple of days ago, we reported that Desmond Hatchett, father of 30 kids, was petitioning to have his child support reduced. The good folks at CNN have informed the world that Hatchett actually has only 24 kids, and he isn’t petitioning anything because he’s been in prison since 2009.
Whoever tricked 8BitDad is in a buttload of trouble.
Marcella Marino’s father, cleverly named “Marcello”, styled his 4-year-old daughter’s updo with Lady Gaga precision for a school photo at her reception class. A pretty epic accomplishment for any father, he flawlessly worked her hair into a bow (which he has done more than once).
The fashion police school managed to uphold the dress code to an overzealous extent. The “code” (regarding hair) for the Holy Trinity Primary School requests that ribbons or bows are “made of dark colors, maroon/navy blue/black” and states strictly that “hair braids/beads may not be worn.”
The fact is, Christian/Catholic schools are a pain in the ass when it comes to this kind of bullsh*t. I know, because I went to a private Catholic school and I also had long hair back then. This was, of course, in the late 1980s. You know, when long hair wasn’t “cool” during the days of Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison.
If you ever wanted to know how and why humanity is doomed to fail, look no further than the commercials interspersed during your kids’ favorite television shows. Though there’s been a recent resurgence of cool superhero stuff out there in toy stores, not all kid products are created equal. Among the newly-gendered LEGO sets, NERF sniper rifles and we-swear-its-not-just-marshmallows cereal commercials, you see just how low humanity can get.
How low? Well, let’s just put it this way: imagine everything you can exist without owning. Now take those ideas and make them worse.
Then head over to the next page for three prime examples (plus a bonus!) of why the meteor needs to end us sooner rather than later.