The cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical had some Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade viewers clutching their pearls as Natalie Mendoza (Satine) and the cast performed "The Sparkling Diamond" – a song from the musical that mixes classic with modern by sampling moments from Madonna's "Material Girl" and "Single Ladies" by Beyonce.
Some people even called the performance risqué, which they thought was incongruous when it came to the parade's family message, but were met by defenders of the musical and the performance. Keep scrolling to see people's reactions to the musical's performance.
Several people on Twitter called out NBC for airing the performance on the family program.prevnext
'What on Earth'
Others were simply confused by the wild performance altogether, with one person joking it was an "actual satanic ritual."
This Moulin Rouge thing is the actual satanic ritual— Gordita Beach Boy (@jduganbarrett) November 25, 2021
bro what on earth was that from moulin rouge— get dressed ye hayley gentlemen (@haylkonig) November 25, 2021
Some viewers thought it was "weird" NBC would show such "skimpy" outfits during the parade.
Look at the Moulin Rouge skimpy outfits for this family parade. Weird— Susie B (@susie144bp) November 25, 2021
NBC parade starting hard with the lead from Moulin Rouge giving my oldest son a very interesting Thanksgiving memory— T🤬dd (@HealthStudent) November 25, 2021
Even those who weren't offended by the performance thought NBC would probably be receiving complaints from a "bunch of prudes" in society.
Over/under on the number of complaints NBC’s gonna get for the Moulin Rouge performance – 200
Too be clear, I’m not offended, just know society has become a bunch of prudes…#MacysParade— Matt Blotney (@matt_blotney) November 25, 2021
The musical's performance also had plenty of defenders, one of whom joked the only "inappropriate" thing about the costumes was how cold they looked in the November chill.
the only inappropriate thing about what they were wearing was that it is too cold for those outfits— steph’s moulin rouge aus era (@PianoFreak9) November 25, 2021
and just like that my entire facebook is moms complaining about moulin rouge in the macy’s parade— Madyson (@madyson_dehaven) November 25, 2021
'Stay Safe Out There'
People who liked the performance were quick to wish the performers well amid what they expected would be swift backlash.
Moulin Rouge being a jukebox musical based on a movie with a less family friendly image oh I know people did not like that… I liked it though y’all stay safe out there— stick (@nietzcheanstick) November 25, 2021
anyways stream moulin rouge the musical 10x tony awards winner pic.twitter.com/j0BLDZbreP— tick, tick... hta! (@lesmizserables) November 25, 2021
Others even responded to people complaining on social media with their thoughts about the matter.
cry about it. i can’t believe everyone is so worked up over costumes from a show about the moulin rouge. “Moulin Rouge” should have been your first sign to change the channel if you get so upset by pretty women— ANASTASIA! 🕸 RANSOM DAY! (@marbleliberties) November 25, 2021
I will always think Moulin Rouge the Musical fails spectacularly as an adaptation of the movie but I am happy to see it’s keeping the tradition of pissing off “concerned parents” watching the #MacysParade alive— Angela Woodack (@wlodarczykss) November 25, 2021