'If This Offends You, Unfriend Me': Dad Defends Choice To Kiss Daughter On The Lips
Australian father Tyrone Matoka, 39, has asked people to stop sexualising the act of fathers kissing their daughters.
The father of three from Sydney's Cronulla has shared a photo of himself giving his five-year-old daughter a kiss on the lips, asking friends to unfollow him if they find it offensive.
"There is no greater love than that of a parent for their child," he wrote along with the photo.
"Do me a favour -- if this photo of me kissing my five-year-old daughter on the lips offends you, please unfriend me.
"If any sort of loving affection shown between a parent and their child offends you, please unfriend me."
Matoka added his perspective on other parenting taboos, including breastfeeding.
"If seeing a mother in public breast feeding her baby also offends you, please unfriend me," the New Zealand-born father wrote.
But just before you unfriend me, please take this with you and hide it inside your behind.
"STOP sexualising fathers showing love and affection to their kids."
Matoka referenced David Beckham in his post, who was recently attacked for sharing another photo of him kissing his seven-year-old daughter, Harper, on the lips.
Beckham has been widely criticised for kissing Harper on the lips for years, however he refuses to back down from the negative commentary.
Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan, previously called the behaviour "creepy" and "weird".
The 54-year-old said: "Why would a father kiss his daughter on the lips? Don't get it. Creepy. Weird. Creepy."
Beckham has defended his actions in the past, stating there is nothing untoward about the behaviour.
"I got actually criticised for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day. I kiss all my kids on the lips," Beckham said.
“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, and it's how we are with our children."
Beckham said he wanted to show his children that he loves them, will protect them, look after them and support them as their dad.
"We're very affectionate with them," he said.
Matoka's post has since gone viral with more than 1,200 reactions and hundreds of comments of support.
"I’m 49 and still kiss my parents on the lips. I kiss my kids, my siblings, my aunties and uncles, my cousins and my nieces and nephews on the lips. If others don’t like it not my problem," one parent wrote.
"Why would anyone have an issue with these things? This is beautiful," added another.
Matoka runs the Kiwi Daddys online support group, which has more than 100,000 members globally and inspires and motivated men to be better fathers.
Matoka has been an ambassador for Cabramatta Local Area Command's White Ribbon Walk -- which raises awareness about domestic violence after suffering abuse in his home as a child.
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