The Fine Brothers have produced several Kids React videos which show the wisdom which often lives in the minds of children, wisdom that too often is lost as they grow older. Let’s hope the wisdom displayed by the group in their latest in the React series lives on with these children for the rest of their lives. If it does then their children will be born into a very different world — a much better world.
In the video they show two videos of gay marriage proposals to a group of children ranging in age from 5 to 13 , the first one features a man proposing to his boyfriend in the lumber aisle of a Home Depot Store in Salt Lake City. After a large group of friends and family do a choreographed dance to “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who, the man gets down on one knee and proposes to his partner.
The second video is a young woman standing on top of a city bus with placards which she reveals in sequence telling her partner how much she loves her and finally, the last one asking her to marry her.
The children mostly have positive reactions throughout the playing of the videos, although a couple of the youngest are a bit confused, only one of the very youngest ones makes any negative remarks and even they are not mean in any way, he just seems to think that there is something wrong with it though he is unable to say why.
They then begin to question the children about what they have seen and how they feel about the issues surrounding gay marriage. The responses they give should give optimism to gays and lesbians across the nation, if these children hold their attitudes throughout their lives all 50 states will be recognizing same-sex marriage within a generation.
Watching the first video an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old have the same initial reaction saying it is a flash mob, the youngest are watching with huge smiles on their faces. A 10-year-old girl remarks that it is like her “cheer dance thing” and a 7-year-old says, “I should be in that video.”
It suddenly dawns on the 10-year-old what is actually going on and never losing her smile she asks, “Is he gonna propose?”
When the proposal is accepted the reaction from the entire group is smiles, comments such as “that’s nice” and nearly all applaud. No really negative reactions at all, although the 7-year-old girl does lean back in her seat eyes wide and utters, still smiling, “This is crazy.”
Nearly all of the girls have one shared reaction — “That was just so cute.”
The reactions to the second video are pretty much the same.
Then comes the question session asking things such as how did the videos make you feel?
The unanimous response was “Good!” They did agree that there would be those with negative feelings about it but they all seemed to agree that the people who disapproved were the ones with a problem, not the two couples themselves. Again it was only the 5-year-old who thought it was wrong but again he could not say why.
When it is explained to them that a lot of people were upset to see it a 7 year old girl says, “I don’t get why anyone would be mad,” and an 11-year-old boy says, “anyone should be able to marry anyone.”
A 12-year-old boy says that you should be able to marry and love anyone because, “It’s like Macklmore said, ‘I couldn’t change if I tried.'”
While they have no problem accepting it the youngest ones were confused as to why one might be attracted to the opposite sex but then again they really don’t understand heterosexual attraction yet.
All of the older ones were perfectly clear that they are born that way, and that there is nothing they can do to change it, just as the majority of us are born heterosexual.
A couple of reactions to being told that only 14 states allow gay marriage: “That’s just insane,” and “That’s outrageous.”
Perhaps the most insightful comment of all came from one of the oldest boys who says, “Nobody really has a reason to hate gays, it’s not like — there’s no completely valid reason.”
A 13-year-old girl, in response to a question of what would you do if one of your friends came out to you said, “My best friend is gay, and so he came out last year and seriously, we’ve been best friends since third grade.”
These children should make the haters who are so adamantly against gay marriage step back and take a look in the mirror and ask themselves why the children are so much wiser and tolerant. Art Linkletter said it so well many decades ago, “Kids say the darndest things,” and he was right — for as far as he went. He should have gone on to add, ‘and sometimes they say the wisest things.’ That is the beauty of innocence, we see the world as it really is and not as we would like it to be.
You will definitely enjoy watching the video below as the children lead us into a much better world than we brought them into.