Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade defended his little brother Zion Wade after the effeminate boy was criticized for wearing fake nails in a Thanksgiving photo.

The controversy erupted on Thanksgiving Day when Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, posted a Thanksgiving family photo on Instagram.


 

In the photo, Zion, 12, dresses seductively in a crop top and leggings. He also wears sharp acrylic talons and lipstick.

Zion, then-11, came out during Miami's Pride parade in April. Union proudly rode on a float with him during the parade.

Wade, 37, responded to critics by telling them to kindly mind their own business and he will raise his son as he sees fit.

In defense of his brother, Zaire, 17, posted an Instagram photo that shows him sitting on a throne while his brother stands next to the chair.

The caption reads: "We didn't ask for y'all opinion."

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Wade and Union showed their support for Zaire's post in the comment section, with Union commenting "Facts."

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Wade is pictured at his retirement ceremony with his infant daughter Kaavia, 1, and sons Zion, center, Zaire, right, and Xavier, 6.

Zaire and Zion are Wade's sons by his first wife Siohvaughn Funches, a 38-year-old attorney and book author who resides in Atlanta.

Siohvaughn is pictured below with her sons and Zaire's girlfriend.
 

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Dwyane Wade fired back at concerned Internet users who questioned his parenting skills when his wife, actress Gabrielle Union posted an Instagram photo of Wade's 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, wearing a crop top, leggings and sharp acrylic nail tips.

Mothers everywhere were shocked and saddened by the boy's sexually suggestive attire. They criticized Wade on social media. But the retired 37-year-old NBA player asked them to kindly mind their own business while he raised Zion as he saw fit.

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Gossipmongers wondered aloud if Wade's ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches - who was SO outspoken during their bitter divorce - had something to say about Wade and Union exploiting her son to advance their careers.

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Siohvaughn, a 38-year-old author who first dated Wade in high school, has not said a word publicly - probably because she's under a very restrictive non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

According to MTOnews.com, Siohvaughn is making some explosive allegations against the NBA baller.

In throwback videos, that were coincidentally re-uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 2nd, Siohvaughn claims that she suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.

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"I saw him sell his soul. I saw him taking his character and exchanging it for yet another endorsement," she told Successful Ladies Live in a series of interviews.

She also said Wade beat her while she was pregnant with Zion. Siohvaughn, who said she was mentally abuse by Wade, may have transferred that negative energy to her unborn baby. The boy was born into a dysfunctional home filled with violence and hate.

Siohvaughn told Successful Ladies Live:

"I woke up in the middle of the night. I was sick - obviously because of the pregnancy. And I noticed that [Dwyane] wasn't in the house. And so I was calling him because it was like 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and we went to bed together...

"He finally got back several hours later. I was very upset... [Dwyane] started cursing and calling me names. Telling me 'Shut the F up', 'Women talk too much' and 'You should know your place'.

"Then it turned to physical violence. He picked me up, and threw me down. He threw me down so hard, that when my back hit the ottoman it broke into pieces. And my head and back hit the marble floor.

"After that I immediately got up and went to the phone, and went to call the police. He snatched the phone out of my hand and slammed it into my body, so hard the phone broke into pieces."

She said she begged him not to enter the NBA draft because she knew the money and instant fame would break her family apart.

Siohvaughn also says Wade cheated on her constantly after he signed his NBA contract. She must have felt vindicated when Wade's 3rd son, Xavier, was born to a California woman six years ago - while he was dating Gabrielle Union, 47.

Watching Siohvaughn speak so openly about the abuse she allegedly endured - all while struggling to keep her family together in 2007 - will touch the hearts of women who can relate to Siohvaughn's emotional story.

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Dwyane Wade responded to online criticism from critics who said his son Zion Wade was dressed sexually suggestively in a family holiday photo. Many outraged social media users say Zion was dressed inappropriately for a 12-year-old child.

Actress Gabrielle Union posted a Thanksgiving photo that showed her minor stepson wearing acrylic stiletto nails and a cropped top that revealed his belly. Then-11-year-old Zion "came out" during Miami's Pride parade in April.

Social media users blamed Union for posting the photo to divert attention away from the fact that she was fired as a judge on America's Got Talent for being difficult to work with on the set.

Many accused the 47-year-old actress and her 37-year-old husband of promoting an agenda and "sacrificing" Zion to Hollywood pedophiles.

But Wade did not back down. In a tweet sent out on Saturday, Nov. 30, he called the criticism "stupidity" and vowed to continue to allow his son to dress sexually inappropriately for a minor.

"I've seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in - so i get it. But here's the thing - I've been chosen to lead my family not y'all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!"

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Many liberal blog headlines defended Wade for allowing Zion's sexually suggestive outfit.

Jezebel magazine referred to concerned social media users as "assholes" and the Atlanta-based magazine described Wade as an "excellent and supportive dad."

Bet.com called social media users "trolls" for showing their concern for a minor child.

And E! Online also referred to social media users as "trolls" for reacting to a child's inappropriate style of dress.

Dwyane Wade Defends His Child Zion From Assholes Online - Jezebel.com

Dwayne Wade Reacts To Trolls Criticizing His 12-Year-Old Son For Wearing Fake - BET.com

Dwyane Wade Fires Back at Trolls Who Mocked His Son's Look EOnline.com

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In a Thanksgiving photo shared by his stepson Gabrielle Union, Zion Wade, 12, posed on curved steps with Union, his father, Dwyane Wade, and his 1-year-old sister Kaavia. In the photo, Zion wears acrylic stiletto nails.

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Stiletto nails are all the rage among celebrities, such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Cardi B (pictured below). But the tips are considered dangerous due to their sharp pointy tips.

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Stiletto nails are hard acrylic nails painted with layers of polish and often decorated with tiny art or rhinestones.

Wade's fans praised him on social media for allowing the boy to live in his truth. They said 12 is not too young for the child to express his sexuality at an age when he should be playing sports.

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Zion is Wade's son with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. Wade's oldest son with Funches, 17-year-old Zaire Wade, is a top ranked high school basketball star.

Union, 47, was let go as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week. She has since opened up about being fired from the show.

"When the world feels like it's falling apart. Try to find your peace," she captioned a video clip.

In a tweet, Wade, 37, said he was proud of Union for "standing up for what she stands for" and practicing what she preaches to their daughter Kaavia.

"As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US. So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we've talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world."

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Gabrielle Union thanked social media fans for cheering her up after she lost her lucrative gig as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week.

Lovebscott.com first reported that Gabrielle and fellow new judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the popular show after just one season, leaving fans to speculate over the reason for her dismissal.

Following reports of a "toxic" atmosphere on set regarding "racism" and "sexism", VAriety.com reported that the 47-year-old actress was offended by staffers complaints about her ethnic hairstyles.

Union took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank fans for their continued support, saying she was "lost" and all "alone" after being let go from her job.

"So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever," she tweeted.

While the mother-of-one and stepmother of four didn't address the NBC show directly, she went on to like a tweet from a reporter who mentioned she'd been "fired" from the franchise.

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Union spoke out after her retired NBA star husband Dwyane Wade shared his support for his wife by suggesting network bosses tried to pin a drop in viewership on the new judges.

"Men lie, Women lie, numbers don't," he tweeted, quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wade, 37, expressed surprise upon learning that Union was fired from the show. They thought for certain that being LGBT allies would elevate her status in Hollywood.

"Over this past year I've been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they've started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show. So when i got the news that my wife was being fired - my first question was obviously why!? Iam (sic) still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she's an advocate for our community and culture."

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LeBron James, right, and former NBA star Dwyane Wade (not pictured) led the celebration for their pal Carmelo Anthony, left, who signed a 1-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers this week.

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Wade, left, tweeted, "It's about damn time!" While James retweeted Wade's post, adding, "RIGHT!!!!"

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The 10-time NBA All-Star sat out for one year as teams passed him over after the Houston Rockets traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls and the Bulls waived him one month later.

At the ripe old age of 35, Anthony is no longer considered a superstar role player who can lead a team to the playoffs. Anthony, who won the league's scoring title in 2012-13, has a reputation as a selfish player who alienates his teammates.

Many fans mused that the Trail Blazers gave Anthony one last chance to go out at the bottom of his game.

Anthony will join his new teammates on Saturday for a six-game road trip.

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Gabrielle Union responded to the debate over her husband Dwyane Wade's social media post in which he expressed love for his "girls" - including his son, Zion Wade.

In the post, Zion poses with his stepmom, Gabby, and his half sister, Kaavia James, 1. Zion wears a pink scrunchie on his wrist.

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Zion, who is only 12, came out of the closet during a Pride parade in Miami earlier this year. Since then, both Wade, 37, and Union, 46, have used Zion to promote themselves as LGBT allies.

So it was no surprise that Union responded to the controversy on social media.

"Looks like love to me," she wrote in a post featuring the original image. "I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve."

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But social media users fear that Union's role in pushing the agenda is more than simply supporting and loving their sons. Many say little Zion didn't exhibit feminine tendencies until Union entered the picture.

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Women fear that something more insidious is underfoot.

On Instagram.com, one user reposted the GQ magazine cover featuring an effeminate Pharrell Williams. The cover was for "The New Masculinity Issue".

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Black women fear that the already depleted pool of masculine Black men will dwindle in 30 years.

They have good reason to be concerned.

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This was a question for Democratic presidential candidates at the recent CNN presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues, held last Thursday, Oct. 10, at The Novo theater in Los Angeles.

With all the problems facing LGBT Americans, this question was at the top of their list. Why? Who takes puberty blocker medications?

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Democrats are eager to lower the price of puberty blockers to get them into the hands of as many Black boys as possible. Boys like Zion Wade, who will soon be old enough to take puberty blockers without his dad's permission (age 16).
 

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Most women are attracted to men who are macho or masculine in appearance and behavior. But certain women prefer men who are more feminine.

According to Psychology Today, macho men have exaggerated masculine traits that women find valuable. They also think macho men are more virile and make good biological fathers.

Women who prefer feminine men usually have a past history that includes physical abuse or rape. Such women consider feminine men to be more sensitive, gentler and kinder than masculine men.

"In some circumstances, masculine qualities are more valuable. In others, a more feminine partner might be the better choice. The results of 15 years of research consistently show that women prefer masculine men more for a short-term fling than for marriage, perhaps because macho men are generally less committed."

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Holzleitner found that, generally, women most preferred male faces that were moderately masculine.

Women also differed in their preferences according to their own attractiveness: Women who thought they were highly attractive didn't find feminine male faces very attractive at all.

Women who thought of themselves as less attractive were more attracted to men with feminine features, according to Holzleitner.

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