Former professional soccer player David Beckham is getting into the holiday spirit with his 7-year-old daughter Harper.
The doting dad of four posted a photo of him and his only daughter sharing a kiss while ice skating on Instagram:
Beckham captioned the photo:
Christmas is coming. Let’s go skate.
And while the majority of his followers found the picture “beautiful,” “sweet,” and “lovely,” some found the photo inappropriate.
According to some commenters, they don’t think the father should be kissing his young daughter on the lips:
This is not right!
How can you kiss this little girl on her lips?
Weird – It’s improper for a parent to kiss their kids in the lips; on the forhead/cheeks is cute though.
Why are they kissing on the lips??!?!!
Not on lips. Cheeks is ok.
Yo I don’t care what anyone says if a dad kisses a child on the lips it’s completely wrong smd
People quickly rushed to Beckham’s defense saying it’s the people who think it’s wrong for a father to innocently kiss their daughter on lips who are wrong.
Even New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed his support.
The professional football player wrote:
Dad and daughter. So sweet!
Brady himself also got shamed last year when his Facebook show captured a kiss shared between him and his son, Jack.
You can watch the scene, which begins roughly 10 minutes in, below:
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The comments left on Brady’s Facebook video closely resembled those left under Beckham’s photo.
As Dearly previously reported, fans also stuck up for Brady as well. Some said:
“If you kiss your kids too much, it’s the wrong thing. If you kiss your kids too little, it’s the wrong thing. If you hug too much — people need to back off and stop parent shaming.”
“The Tom Brady kissing his kid being a thing on the Internet is depressing. The guy seems like a great dad and is affectionate with his kids. That’s a great thing.”
And this isn’t the first time Beckham got shamed for kissing his children either.
He said back in 2017, according to E! News:
“I got actually criticized for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day. I kiss all my kids on the lips. Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn’s 18, he might find that a little bit strange. But, I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria [Beckham], and it’s how we are with our children…We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we’re very affectionate with them.”
What do you think about the way Beckham and Brady show their children affection?