Recent criticism of Tom Brady's children Vivian and Jack has raised questions about whether celebrities' kids are fair game on social media and radio programs.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen didn't exactly have an easy week leading up to Super Bowl LII. Though the father of three often seems to lead a charmed life, the days leading up to the Big Game ended up being a minefield for the Patriots superback. The mines? Constant comments about his children.
First, the host of Kirk & Callahan Show called Brady's 5-year-old daughter an "annoying little pissant" on a different show as he talked about the QB's documentary Tom vs. Time. Then Twitter went berserk when a photo of Brady kissing his 11-year-old son, Jack, on the lips went viral.
In Brady's documentary, Jack, is seen going into a room where his father is getting a massage. When Jack asks to see his fantasy football team’s standings, Brady jokes, asking what he will get from his son in return.
Jack gives Brady a little kiss, and his dad responds, “That was like a peck.” Jack then goes to his dad again and kisses him for longer on the mouth. Critics soon descended on Twitter going off on the quarterback, talking about how inappropriate it was.
@FeitsBarstool Tom Brady kissing his 11 year old kid on the lips and then complaining that it was "barely a peck" forcing him to go back for a another, longer, weirder kiss on the lips is an absolute psychopath move
— Byerui (@boyoyo69) January 30, 2018
Tom Brady won't eat a tomato or sleep without his kale pajamas but he'll kiss his germ spreading kid for 8.5 seconds pic.twitter.com/UOPCyPti0G
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) February 2, 2018
— Brett Bachman (@BrettABachman) February 2, 2018
Tom Brady kisses his son on the lips and people kiss their dogs on the lips. What’s weirder? pic.twitter.com/Z5xa5oZ17O
— Afree Thinker_ (@AfreeThinker71) February 1, 2018
why is no one talking about that weird Tom Brady son kiss
— Amanda Komula (@__akom) February 3, 2018
Have we gone too far dissecting celebrities' children? Many critics believe that if you put your children in the spotlight they immediately become fair game.
There are plenty of stars who make a huge effort to keep their children out of the limelight. Julia Roberts' children are almost never photographed. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's kids rarely go to Hollywood events. So should there be two set of standards: one for parents who put their children in the spotlight and one for parents who don't?
Yes and no. If you bring your child to a red carpet event please expect that child to be photographed. Again, if you put your child in your documentary assume that the video footage will be everywhere and anywhere. But should we criticize children in the same way we mock adults? 100-percent no.
Granted 99.9 percent of the kiss criticism was aimed at Brady, not his son. But we should all be exercising a lot more restraint when speaking about children, especially those kids under 16.
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