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.
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.
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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