Magic Johnson Causes a Stir after Sharing Photo of His Wife, Daughter & Son EJ in Stylish Outfits
No matter what people say of his family, Magic Johnson is bursting with pride for them, and he’s not afraid to show it. The NBA star recently shared a pic of his wife and their kids at Paris Fashion Week, but many haters had a lot to say about EJ Johnson’s dress.
Magic Johnson is a doting father and husband, and when it comes to his beautiful family, he never hesitates to shower them with love. As an example, Magic recently shared on Instagram a pic of his wife Cookie and their children, Elisa and EJ, showing off their best outfits at Paris Fashion Week.
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Happy birthday to my beautiful queen Cookie! Who would have thought when I met you 42 years ago at age 18 that we would both be here today wishing you happy 60th birthday! Cookie, you truly encompass a Proverbs 31 woman. You are clothed with strength and dignity, and laugh without fear of the future. When you speak, your words are wise, and you give instructions with kindness. Your wisdom is treasured. Although in our 27th year of marriage, you have been blessing my life for 42 years. Over this time you’ve continuously blossomed into the best version of yourself.
The pic caused quite the controversy among some of Magic’s conservative fans, who are continually criticizing EJ and his androgynous style.
In the pic, Cookie rocked a see-through black dress with lace details, a fur coat, sandals, and a black clutch. Elisa, the youngest of the family, was a vision in all-white, donning a pantsuit with black and white heels and a Chanel bag.
EJ, always controversial for his fashion choices, didn’t disappoint. He wore a short gray dress with shimmering details, knee-length black boots, a fur short jacket, and a black purse.
“@thecookiej and my kids @ejjohnson_ and @elisajohnson looking amazing at the Saks x CHANEL Dinner! They are attending the Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton shows for Fashion Week,” Magic captioned the family photo.
Fans took over the comment section with mixed reactions to the shot. While some praised Magic and his good-looking family, others attacked EJ for wearing “feminine” clothes.
“Imagine being Magic Johnson and having a 6'5 son only for him to be gay,” wrote one user.
Another added, “You're son coulda been the next you. I'm so sorry Magic. No offense to you.”
And a third one pointed out, “I’m happy that @magicjohnson family is in good health & spirit, but why dress like that? Be gay, but why crossdress? I don’t get it.”
However, among the negative comments, there was also an outpour of love from supportive fans. One of them said:
“People need to grow up. That’s his kid who I’m sure he loves unconditionally. It doesn’t matter what his son decided to do with his life.”
And another added, “Hate and homophobia on full display in these comments. I'm sorry @magicjohnson that people are so intellectually inept. Your beautiful family deserves better. Keep sharing truths.”
Although Magic and Cookie fully support EJ these days, it wasn’t always easy for the Lakers executive to embrace the idea that his son is gay.
Talking to Jada Pinkett Smith on the “Red Table Talk” last year, EJ and Cookie recalled the moment they had “the talk” with Magic about EJ’s preferences. “We had the talk with Dad, and that was a little tough,” Cookie, 59, said. “My husband is the kind of person like he reacts quickly. Everything that came to the top of his head; he just let it out.”
Magic’s words, she said, hurt her and EJ, and when she confronted her husband, she recalled him saying:
“This is not what I wanted for my son. And do you realize what you’re saying because the world is not going to like that and do you want to live this life?”
The next day, Magic walked into EJ’s room and told him “We’re going to get through this and I just need time,” before they father and son started crying. It took some time for Magic to come around, but once EJ moved to New York for college, Johnson had enough time to rethink his position.
“When he came back to visit he picked me up for dinner,” EJ recalled. “He hugged me so hard. He almost like broke my back. At that point, I was like, ‘We’re going to be OK.’ I could really feel the love.”
Magic once was the object of discrimination and criticism too, when he tested as HIV positive even before EJ was born. So, knowing what it feels like to be isolated and having fingers pointed in his direction, Johnson has turned into an advocate for inclusivity.
He encourages other parents to support their kids because there is enough hate out in the world waiting for them.
“I think it's all about you not trying to decide what your daughter and son should be or what you want them to become,” Magic told Ellen De Generes. “It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do. When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents, and we love him."
“E.J. is just a lovable guy. As I told him, I said, 'EJ, I love you, so I'm going to support you no matter what.' And I think it made him feel good — because it's one thing with mum. And it was another thing with me because he wanted my approval. He wanted my support."
Thanks to that support, EJ is now living his truth and being unapologetic about it as it should be.
He has become a fashion icon for gender fluid people and an advocate to fight homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community. Johnson also encourages young people to find their identity by creating a safe place where they can experiment and discover what feels right for them. And he added,
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone should be free to experiment and play in that space as much as they please. Life is a journey, and it's too short.”
“We shouldn't waste any time trying to present as something we're not when there's a lot of things we want to do or want to wear or want to be—so just do it,” he concluded.