Even though the world of beauty and makeup is growing in its inclusitivity efforts (shoutout to the major beauty campaigns featuring minorities and men for the first time ever!), it seems as if some people just can't keep up. Despite amassing an impressive following of 3.1 million on Instagram and 2.2 million on YouTube, the newly appointed first male Maybelline ambassador, Manny Gutierrez, still faces harsh social media critics—which is something his father is not staying quiet about.
Conservative blogger Matt Walsh took to Twitter on January 6 to share a full-glam selfie of Gutierrez with the caption: "Dads, this is why you need to be there to raise your sons." This tweet was filled with an undeniable amount of judgment towards Gutierrez himself, his father and any other father with a son with an interest in makeup. People were not very having it.
@MattWalshBlog While he inspires and uplifts countless people worldwide, you have a hateful blog that no one reads ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) January 14, 2017
The Twitter thread on Walsh's tweet blew up and was met with responses from the makeup star himself, his fans and even a member of Pentatonix. The most important reply came from Manny's dad, and you can literally feel the love behind his words. Since his dad, Manny Sr., couldn't reach the conservative blogger behind the disrespectful message personally, he took another route for getting his message across: texting his son an open letter for him to share on social media.
My dad is a fucken SAVAGE, I can't with him pic.twitter.com/iWceEmZ6L4
— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) January 14, 2017
He wrote, "Mr Walsh, this is Manny Sr. Let me first begin by telling you that I’ve always been there for my son and will ALWAYS be there for him. Not only am I proud of what he has accomplished but I’m more proud of the person he has become. I know the words you speak are from lack of knowing anybody from the LGBT community. If you did, you would soon realise they are some of the most real and kindhearted individuals that walk this planet of ours. Going forward, I would choose your actions and words wisely. Just like you would do anything for your family, I would DO for mine. Good day Sir."
Despite the negative comments made by trolls often found lurking on the Internet, it's refreshing to see Gutierrez and his dad successfully shut down a man who should start working on his manners and knowledge of the LGBT community, instead of propagating hate-filled messages on his social media.