Some conservative commentators are slamming Microsoft’s new Christmas-themed ad that features transgender teens and gay marriage themes celebrating “what’s good and right” in the world, by arguing that the tech giant is making a pointedly political message. “This holiday season we brought together a group of people who are making a difference in the world,” declares the Microsoft ad that features a montage of different people, including refugees making their way into Europe, and white police officers interacting with black children.

The ad also features transgender teenager Jazz Jennings and her speech at an event for LGBT activist group the Human Rights Campaign, along with a video clip of a first-grader who held a rainbow flag up to people demonstrating against same-sex marriage in a nod to the legalization of gay marriage in the United States. The tech giant company explained the purpose of its ad in a statement: “This year has been challenging for many and much of what we hear in the news can be negative. Microsoft wanted to lift people up and remind them that ordinary people can make a difference. READ MORE