David Beckham Kissed His Daughter on the Lips & Here Come the Trolls

Piers Morgan is known for ruffling feathers with his social commentary, but he seems to have set off a bit of a parenting debate with his latest barb. The ruckus started on Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, where the TV host dad-shamed David Beckham for kissing his daughter Harper’s lips. As reported by the Mirror, Morgan insisted the show of affection wasn’t normal — going so far as to call it “creepy” and “weird,” and wonder aloud why Beckham would dare to share the moment.  Unsurprisingly, a lot of people have thoughts on Morgan’s response.

But first, a bit of backstory about the apparently polarizing exchange. On Monday, Beckham’s wife, Victoria, posted a video to her Instagram stories from when Beckhams were on a boat trip in Miami, Florida. In the video, Beckham plants a perfectly innocent kiss on his 7-year-old’s daughter’s lips. Discussing the video on GMB, Morgan remarked, “Don’t get it — creepy. Weird. No one does that. Who does that?… You posted that for the world, why?” Though Morgan’s co-anchor Susanna Reid defended the sweet daddy-daughter moment, Morgan insisted it was “weird, weird, weird” behavior on Beckham’s part.

Cue the internet and a robust debate about what sort of affection is appropriate for parents to show their children in public. According to Morgan, only a “firm handshake” for his sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and a “peck” on the cheek for Harper will do. But many people think the only thing wrong about a parent kissing their child is when people like Morgan sexualize it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, some comments suggest that there are people who tend to side with Morgan on this matter.

As for Beckham himself, he’s made it very clear he DGAF what other people think — he’s doubling down on being the kind of dad he is. In 2017, Beckham came under heat for sharing an Instagram photo of himself kissing then-five-year-old Harper on the lips. When people began leaving accusatory and other negative comments on the photo, he posted a Facebook Live to explain his feelings, saying he kisses all of the couple’s children. Well, almost.

“Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn’s [then] 18, he might find that a little bit strange. I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria, and it’s how we are with our children,” Beckham revealed, adding, “We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and you know, we’re very affectionate with them.”

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