Canadian R&B singer and vocalist Celine Dion recently partnered with fashion designers Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg, co-founders of the global children’s fashion brand NUNUNU to create a gender-neutral clothing line for little kids.
An ad campaign for the clothing line, aptly named Celinununu was released about two weeks ago and since then it had sparked a bit of a controversy. The singer decided to go in a different or rather a more progressive direction with the brand, creating clothes she claims opens an avenue for creativity.
The ad begins with the singer being chased across a hallway, she is caught and immediately attempts to use her name to get out of the bind. “I am Celine Dion,” she says.
The scene then cuts to a flashback, in which she enters a hospital to (I believe), cast a spell, on newly born kids. Black crosses appear over the head of the babies and their clothes change from the stereotypical pink representing girls and blue representing boys, to black and white, with “New Order” written on them, and crosses and skulls draped on the attires. This creates a stir, hence the cause of the initial chase scene. The ad ends with her stating: “it’s Ok, I’m Celine Dion” while being taken away in handcuffs.
While some believe that the ad spawns creativity, others believe it to be a bit too dark and controversial for something relating to little kids.
She later stated that “The clothing line allows children to choose outside stereotypes and norms so they can bring from within their own tastes and preferences.
“We help them feel free, creative, inspired, respectful of one another and happy in the world.”
However, the idea did not please everyone. Former spiritual director to Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and current Senior priest and exorcist in the Diocese of Scranton Pennsylvania, Monsignor John Esseff, said to the National Catholic Register, “I’m convinced that the way this gender thing has spread is demonic. It’s false. I don’t even know how many genders there’s supposed to be now, but there are only two that God made.”
“The devil is going after children by confusing gender.” He continued. “When a child is born, what is the first things we say about that child? It’s a boy, or it’s a girl. That is the most natural thing in the world to say. But to say that there is no difference is satanic.
“People behind this are influencing children to disorder. This is definitely satanic.
“The devil is a liar and there are huge lies being told. This is being done for money, and there is divisiveness that comes from this — marks of the devil.”
Celine Dion is yet to respond to this. But it is highly unlikely, that her ideals can be altered by the priest’s outburst.
In recent years, the idea of choosing a gender aside the one you are born as has been a provocative topic in North America and some other, more progressive parts of the world, and a sensitive issue to so many individuals. So it is safe to assume that the singer, must have taken into account, the possible backlash and/or encouragement she would receive for spawning this clothing line idea.