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In woke post-Obama America, telling a teenage boy wearing a prom dress that he looks like an “idiot” is a fireable offense.
In a story that showcases the inroads progressivism has made in society, where any deviation from the idea that gender is fluid, a social construct determined not by God but by the fleeting of the individual — to include young children — can prove to be costly, the CEO of a Tennessee telemedicine company has found himself without a job.
The infraction now-former VisuWell CEO Sam Johnson committed was being critical of a teenager identified as Dalton Stevens, 18, wearing a flowing red prom dress. He is seen on video asking the about the choice of attire.
“I think I look good in it and that I really like the dress, and I want to show that clothing is genderless,” Stevens said, recounting his response to NBC News. “And I explained that to him, and he continued to just call me names and just follow me.”
Stevens is heard in the video telling Johnson, “I told you …so f*ck off!”
— Jacob Geittmann (@jacobgeittmann2) April 25, 2021
As he walked away, Johnson followed and said, “You look like –”
“I look like what!?” Stevens screamed. “F*ck off, you f*cking b*itch.”
“You look like an idiot,” Johnson answered.
“Get the f*ck away from me!” Stevens replied.
Stevens said Johnson began acting “homophobic” as he was taking photographs with his boyfriend, Jacob Geitmann, at a hotel before the Franklin High School prom – the town of Franklin is approximately 20 miles south of Nashville.
(Geitmann is heard in the video asking Johnson if he thinks Stevens looks “gross” and “disgusting.”)
He further claimed that Johnson called him “stupid,” and used a vulgar name in a homophobic manner, according to NBC News. Stevens also said Johnson told him he has “hair on your chest, you shouldn’t be wearing a dress.”
None of that was captured on camera.
As might be expected, the self-proclaimed gay teens are reveling in all the attention and praise:
it was my beautiful boyfriend wearing the dress but I’m more than happy to share some pics!! pic.twitter.com/DmSdG4uOKj
— Jacob Geittmann (@jacobgeittmann2) April 26, 2021
Johnson denied Stevens account of events, telling Newsweek the video was edited and that he initially approached the group because they were being loud and vulgar.
“We had just sat down for dinner at this restaurant that we frequent, and I was returning from the restroom when I was presented with their loud cursing,” Johnson explained. “Making it about the dress was their idea, and they edited out most of the exchange.”
VisuWell responded to the NBC report in a tweet Monday evening, saying that it has a zero-tolerance policy for intolerance and that Johnson’s actions “contradicted the high standards we set for ourselves.”
Given that the incident occurred Saturday night, the company didn’t spend much time investigating what actually may have happened.
Official Statement pic.twitter.com/cMYoAEbI9d
— Visuwell (@VisuWell) April 27, 2021
“We unequivocally condemn the behavior exhibited by Sam Johnson in a recent video widely circulated on social media,” the company said. “After investigating the matter and speaking to individuals involved, the VisuWell BOD has chosen to terminate Mr. Johnson from his position as CEO, effective immediately.”
“We share the concerns that so many have expressed on this matter and look forward to announcing concrete steps we are taking in support of the LGBTQ community in particular over the coming weeks,” the statement concluded.
And that’s where we are in the year 2021. Where a teenage boy wearing a dress is a good thing and voicing objections to such a thing is bad. After all, love is love.
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