The love between a dad and his son is a beautiful thing. And no troll on the internet can ruin it. When an artistic photo of former Vice President Joe Biden holding and kissing his son Hunter on the cheek surfaced on the internet, right-wing commentator and TV host John Cardillo criticized the fatherly expression of love and called it ‘creepy.’

However, the internet was quick to respond in the most beautiful way. Liz Plank, journalist and author of ‘For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Representation,’ invited the men of Twitter to share photos of them being held by their dads. The photos are powerful, honest, and we hope you enjoy them, dear Pandas. Let us know which ones you liked the most in the comments and remember to upvote your fave ones.

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

The power of the bond between child and parent.

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Natalie Bohrteller
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2 months ago

So much love in one picture... if that creeps you out, there's obviously something wrong with YOU.

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

They could be brothers!

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Tom Nichols, senior adviser to The Lincoln Project, writes on USA Today that the photo of 77-year-old Biden and his 50-year-old son might seem “awkward,” but it’s moving. 

“Even strangers to these men would know what it means. All of us, after all, were once children. In this case, to know the circumstances in which it was taken is to know that it is a picture full of pain, love, forgiveness, and acceptance, and to look at it for even more than a moment is to experience at least some of those emotions, especially in the memory of our own parents or children,” Nichols writes, alluding to the fact that Biden stood by his son during his struggles with drug abuse and other troubles.

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Wolfstar
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2 months ago

Aww <3

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Liz
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2 months ago

I lost someone who I didn't see for nearly a year because of COVID. By the time I finally got a test and planned a safe way to travel home without exposure, it was too late. He was already in the hospital where we couldn't see him. It breaks my heart. I could have gone months before if I had just planned. But we always think we'll have more time. My advice is to make a plan to safely see your loved ones. Get tested, find a safe way to travel without risking exposure, or plan to quarantine and test on arrival. You can make it happen and you will deeply regret it if you don't.

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Jo Morris
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2 months ago

Just being a dad.

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According to Nichols, the way that right-winger Cardillo reacted to the photo shows how his sense of masculinity has become corroded and shows his inner insecurity.

“More accurately, it is a child’s view of masculinity. Come on, Dad, quit it, guys don’t kiss. This is the insecurity of the boys who did not learn that to accept a father’s embrace is part of becoming a man,” Nichols explains.

He adds that males (not men) like Cardillo are “to be pitied” because they might have had troublesome family relationships that led them to have a “terrified” and “embryonic male identity of a small child.”

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Karen Loftus
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2 months ago

❤️🥰🙏🏻🕊

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MiniMaus
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2 months ago

I'm so happy that he believed in you. Wish I'd had that

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

The look of love.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Looks so tender yet strong.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

They were very fortunate to be able to have such a wonderful relationship.

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Jill Ferguson
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2 months ago

The BEST!

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Ricardo Morales Massin
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2 months ago

L' Chaim!

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

Twins (with the exception of about a 25 year age span). You can tell they're father and son.

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

So happy to see daddy!

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago (edited)

I'm sure he never questioned his dad's love.

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Natalie Bohrteller
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2 months ago

😥

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Tameri Harding
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2 months ago

So beautiful

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ArhomR
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2 months ago

Sounds like the best dad.

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Tameri Harding
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2 months ago

Same joyful eyes and nose

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Delicious.

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Jon Michael
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2 months ago

Vacation naps are THE BEST!!

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Beautiful image of love.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

He kept his promise.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

This is his dad. No question.

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

"Are not super touchy feely" except when alcohol is added to the mix.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Dean, if you see this, I'm so sorry for your loss. Such a sweet image..

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Looks like a great dad to me.

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mysty
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2 months ago (edited)

i might get a lot of downvotes but people are only saying that is inappropriate because of his place in the dems and the fact that he is running against trump. if he was just an average man people would see this as an adorable father-son connection.

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Karen Loftus
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2 months ago

Ah, how lovely ❤️🙏🏻🕊.

Christina SchweitzerGrigoriou
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My 65 year old husband hugs and kisss our 42 year old son everytime he sees him; same with all the grandsons. They are and will be loving, tender, strong men because of it.

Caroleann Mc Callion
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful. Raise your sons to express all their emotions, not just the ones men are normally 'allowed'. These are all gorgeous, a good Dad makes the world of difference in life. I envy those that had them, but not in a mean way!

Jane Doe
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2 months ago

It’s dusty in here.

Joe Reaves
Community Member
2 months ago

To everyone who has ever asked what the phrase 'toxic masculinity' means - it's the hateful reaction by some people to the picture of two men showing affection for one another. The belief that masculinity must be performed according to very specific guidelines - don't be affectionate, don't cry, don't show weakness. There's a reason the suicide rate for men is so much higher than for women. So much love for all the men on here not afraid to show their love for their fathers/sons.

Weim Central
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2 months ago

Wait... Peace begins with a .. WHAT? Need to know...

Chip_Boy
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2 months ago

Holding hands works.

Carla Melland
Community Member
2 months ago

Anyone ever see the disgusting comments about Trump being affectionate with Ivanka?

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