Indiana teen Mason Brian Barclay was excited when he received an invite in 2017 from BFF Houston Shelton for a sleepover. There was just one problem, though. Her mom had set a same-sex rule, and that meant Barclay – a guy – was counted out. However, when Barclay suggested that he might be safe to come over anyway, the mom had a hilarious response
Barclay wanted nothing more than to go to Shelton’s sleepover. However, her mom’s rule made it look impossible. But, surely, Barclay reasoned, the whole thing about only allowing teenagers of the same sex was to prevent sexual activity between boys and girls. Since he was gay, that shouldn’t be a problem. So he went ahead and sent Shelton’s mom a text.
After stating his sexual preference, Barclay explained his thinking to her. He wrote, “I think the common meaning behind only allowing the same sex to share sleepovers is due to the typical interest in the opposite sex, when in this case, I do not like the opposite sex. Thank you for your time and consideration, have a great night. Amen.”
Of course, sleepovers are commonly for kids of the same sex. They’re opportunities for youngsters to bond over a streamed TV show or movie and a bowl of chips and share in the latest gossip, rather than anything likely to develop into an orgy. However, different parents make their own rules, so Barclay’s gambit seemed the best way to put Shelton’s mom’s mind at ease.
Shelton’s mom took it in the right spirit, responding with a funny clapback. She wrote, “Hmm. Well, my husband is hot. Should I worry?” Fortunately, she did allow Barclay to come over, and he got on great with mom. As for the sleepover, he told HuffPost in September 2017, “We had a great time; we ordered pizza and watched my favourite show The Simple Life – I’m a huge Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie fan.”