Footballer David Beckham has been widely criticized and called names after sharing a picture of him kissing his 7-year-old daughter, Harper Seven, on the lips.
The picture, which was taken as the pair was enjoying their father and daughter moment at an ice skating park, quickly went viral on Instagram with plenty of people condemning the father-of-four.
Soon enough, the photo also made it on Good Morning Britain where TV star Piers Morgan called Beckham “weird” and “creepy” for the way he showed affection towards his daughter.
“It’s just weird right? Who does that with their kids? Who kisses their kids on the lips?” the presenter wondered.
His co-host, 47-year-old Susanna Reid, however, defended the footballer by saying that “people’s parents still kiss their kids on the lips.”
Nevertheless, she added that celebrities should avoid posting pictures that might cause controversy online to avoid “the scrutiny.”
“I don’t care what anyone says if a dad kisses a child on the lips it’s completely wrong smd,” one person wrote under Beckham’s Instagram photo.
“I feel like a kiss on the cheek is better than that n the lips. The lips is just weird,” another one said.
While plenty of people mocked the father for his actions, the footballer’s loyal fans quickly backed him up.
“There is NOTHING wrong with this. It’s his daughter man… y’all are sick,” one person wrote. “Beautiful Dad and Daughter nothing wrong with this. He loves his daughter,” another one expressed.
After Morgan’s inconsiderate words on the screen, the TV star faced a backlash himself.
“@GMB I agree with Piers 99.9% on all his crusades but have to disagree on this occasion. My 7 year old daughter regularly kisses me on the lips and that’s her way of showing her love and affection for her parents I don’t see anything wrong with this,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“#GMB Pierce Morgan I think u must have had an aunty that puckered up to u as a kid. David B is just sharing a tender moment with his little girl. Plus, she may have had a important life event. Which deserved a big kiss. When there young…a kiss is just a kiss,” another commented.
“@piersmorgan if you think what Harper and David did is weird I worry about the state of your mind. Were you damaged as a child or were you ignored??” one commenter reacted.
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