Here's a question we didn't think people would be obsessing over before the Big Game: Did Tom Brady go too far when he kissed his 10-year-old son, Jack? Yeah, we're a few days away from one of the most-viewed TV events in the U.S., but instead of debating whether the New England Patriots' star quarterback will end up with the most Super Bowl wins ever, some critics are giving Brady lip about, well, his lips.
The contentious moment happened in the Facebook documentary series about the pro athlete "Tom vs. Time." In the January 30 episode (right before the 10-minute mark), his son Jack pops his head around the door as Brady's getting a massage to ask if he could check on his fantasy team.
"What do I get?" the dad asked.
Jack gives his dad a kiss on the lips and heads for the door.
"That was like a peck," said Brady, who gave his dad a kiss after his Super Bowl win last year.
Tom Brady is one of my five favorite people (including family members), but him making his son come back and kiss him on the lips for a longer time because his first lip kiss wasn't long enough is some very very disturbing #content
On one hand, it's nice that Tom Brady and his son can show each other affection in a healthy, personal way On the other hand, that's a loooong time for an 11 year old to be kissing his dad on the mouth 😂 I don't even make eye contact with my parents for that long https://t.co/RIcwV6RpmR
@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
Anyone who feels it was inappropriate for Tom Brady to kiss his 11 year old son should get their mind out of the gutter. All I see is a loving dad... and last I checked, that was a good thing. https://t.co/rRCPvbldeI
While that kind of dude on dude smooching is not personally my thing, a father being affectionate with his son is not QUITE the problem we have in the society. Our prisons would be nearly empty if every dad was just there. https://t.co/tZwZ46wjAb
The kiss was so controversial that CBS even decided it was worth bringing in experts.
"If you kiss your kids too much, it's the wrong thing. If you kiss your kids too little, it's the wrong thing. If you hug too much—people need to back off and stop parent-shaming," Lyss Stern, a lifestyle and parenting expert, told CBS.
Carolyn Meyer-Wartels questioned the message Brady was sending with his physical actions, despite his good intentions.
"I don’t think affection should ever be tied in with a favor," the licensed clinical social worker told CBS. "You don’t do anything with your body because someone else is insisting that you do it in order for you to get what you want."
Kissing controversies have surrounded other celebrity parents before, including Victoria Beckham, Olivia Wilde and Hilary Duff. Somehow, we doubt Brady will be the last.
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