Is this TMI from the GOAT?
We’re not here to judge. God knows parenting is hard enough without other people weighing in on how you do it, and when you’re a celebrity, everyone wants to weigh in on how you do it.
Just ask Tom Brady, the superstar quarterback of the New England Patriots who is about to play in his 18th or 19th Super Bowl this Sunday. He’s getting dragged through the mud by the internet after a new documentary shows him kissing his son on the lips, and the video is causing controversy online.
i just watched Tom Brady kiss his son on the lips, and now I have 7 days to show another person or else i will die.
— alex (@alex_abads) February 1, 2018
CBS New York published an article about the kiss after Brady’s Facebook documentary “Tom vs. Time” showed the presumptive NFL MVP sharing a kiss with his 11-year-old son while getting a massage. According to the article, there are a few potential concerns:
- It’s on the lips
- It’s long
- It’s transactional
Brady demands the kiss from his son Jack as payment for being able to check his fantasy team, to which Brady responds, “What do I get?” His masseuse then follows that with “Everything comes with a cost, bud,” prompting Jack to return for another smooch.
Some view the exchange itself as problematic – what with affection being used as payment – but most of the chatter online has been about the length of the kiss. His father having criticized the first kiss for merely being “a peck,” Jack’s second go-round lasts significantly longer.
And people are freaking out.
My hugs with my parents don’t even last that long— Andrew (@Stay_Triumphant) February 1, 2018
as someone who comes from (on one side anyway) One Of Those Kissing Families, i really wanted to be able to defend Tom Brady here, but... the kiss is pretty weird— Countbert Dracuneko (@AlbertBurneko) February 1, 2018
Of course, some Patriots fans are defending their hero:
As a dad who kisses his sons on the lips, I agree with this person:
But I also agree with this person:
it's not.....look you can kiss your dad on the lips. but not long. never long. [seinfeld voice] it's not the location, it's the duration!!!!!!— three screams (@moongrudge) February 1, 2018
The fact of the matter is, if Brady’s 11-year-old son is okay with it, why should we care? Besides, as the kid enters his teens, the odds of him continuing to be okay with showing his dad any affection at all are pretty low, so you can’t blame Brady for getting it while he can.
Especially since his coach can barely even muster a smile in his legendary quarterback’s direction.