As if you needed further proof that the internet needs to take a chill pill, Victoria Beckham is under fire for posting a photo kissing her 5-year-old daughter, Harper, on the lips.
Beckham posted the photo for her daughter’s birthday, writing “Happy Birthday baby girl 🙏🏻💕 We all love you so much 💜💜💜 X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X.”
Commenters attacked the fashion designer for the innocent photo, writing things like, “Eww sorry I’m old fashioned it looks like they [are] making out,” “totally wrong” and “That’s one passionate kiss right there ... Hope she gets so passionate with @davidbeckham.” Social etiquette expert Liz Brewer told the BBC that she found the photo “uncomfortable.”
“Normally with a member of your family you don’t kiss on the lips unless it’s your husband,” Brewer said. “With children, I wouldn’t have thought it’s a particularly good habit to get into but it’s her child and she’s at liberty to do what she thinks is best.”
After the photo was picked up by the media, Beckham’s page became flooded with comments supporting her and her daughter.
“Shame on whoever who thinks they can’t do that without it being some sort of sexual thing,” said one user, while others slammed people who thought the photo was controversial. One commenter wrote, “How is this even a fucking topic of discussion!? This is a mother showing affection to her daughter, you freaks!”
Parents have also shown their support for the Spice Girl by posting their own photos kissing their children on the lips:
And, in a poll conducted by “Today,” an overwhelming 75 percent of people responded yes to the question, “Do you think it’s okay to kiss your children on the lips?”
Looks like we have our answer.