Halle Berry Responds to Critics Who Questioned Her Son Wearing Heels

"It's harmless fun."

These boots were made for walking—and kicking your homophobic comments out of Halle Berry’s life.

In a recent Instagram post, the Oscar-winning actress deftly shut down bigots who took issue with an adorable video of her son Maceo wearing heels. The video sees the 6-year-old trot strutting through Berry’s home in flannel pajamas and a stunning pair of stiletto-heeled white boots.

“Quarantine Day 12,” Berry captioned the post for her six million followers.

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#Quarantine Day 12

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In response to one wary commenter, who asked if the video featured Berry’s “daughter or son,” the actress had the perfect response: “It’s harmless fun. It’s tight on these kids right now. Let’s have a laugh and some compassion, yaw!”

And when another commenter misgendered Maceo, Berry politely corrected them.

“Well, it’s a he,” she wrote, “and he is having a ball. Tryna cope the best he can. Laughter helps a lot right now!”

Amen to that—and to supportive parents like Berry, who recognize that putting on a pair of heels doesn’t say anything about your sexual orientation or gender identity.

Celebrities like Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union-Wade have also recently spoken out in support of their gender-expressive child Zaya, who is “one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community,” according to the 12-year-old’s proud parents. In fact, the entire Wade family donned matching formal attire for Zaya’s red carpet debut last month.

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