Recently, a father received a wave of criticism after posting a video in which he kisses his five-year-old son on the mouth. Frustrated by the backlash, he decided to respond to the controversy.
Tom Leeds is a family father residing in Yorkshire, England. Recently, this TikTok influencer, who has nearly 310,000 followers, has drawn the ire of a part of his community.
The reason? The British father posted a video in which he kisses his five-year-old son on the lips. This display of affection has led him to receive a flood of criticism, as demonstrated by the following comments:
“You all look beautiful, but don’t kiss on the lips,” “You shouldn’t kiss him on the lips because of the bacteria in your mouth. If so, your child can get cavities,” “Don’t kiss your children on the lips! !! Because not all humans have good intentions, do you know what I mean? Don’t make it acceptable.”
@tom_leeds Replying to @Malpihon thank you! they are real, no filters here. #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #xyzbca #xuhuong ♬ original sound – Tom
The kiss of discord
Faced with this situation, the author of the post decided to respond to his critics in a series of videos: “I find it concerning that my behavior bothers you,” the father of young Roman declared on his TikTok page.
He went on to say, “I will kiss my son on the lips as long as I deem it necessary and as long as he lets me because I love him dearly, and he is my best friend. One day, he won’t want me to do it anymore, and he probably won’t want to have anything to do with me.”
Many people rushed to show their support for Tom: “If someone sees anything other than a father kissing his son, it’s them that we should be wary of,” “Your bond with your son is natural, you’re doing a great job,” “What is wrong with people? It’s his son! The fact that his father shows him love will make him a gentler and more loving boy/man!” These are just some of the many reactions that can be read in response to the controversy.
@tom_leeds Replying to @Nicole you are starting to geuinely concern me now. #fyp #foryou #xyzbca #xuhuong #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Tom