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The Way This Dad Mocked His Son For Winning At LEGO Robotics Tournament Infuriated People So Much They Destroy Him
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The Way This Dad Mocked His Son For Winning At LEGO Robotics Tournament Infuriated People So Much They Destroy Him

It’s common to see people troll those they don’t agree with online – but trolling your own kid? Conservative radio host Jesse Kelly of The Jesse Kelly Show on KPRC-AM 950 in Houston, was held under fire over the weekend for a series of tweets in which he trolled his own son for his participation in the Lego robotics tournament.

According to Buzzfeed, the event is a competition for kids to program autonomous robots to complete tasks. While watching his 10-year-old son compete, Kelly, shot off a series of tweets that mocked the competition and seemed to allude to some embarrassment over his son’s participation. The troll job was met with a hoard of negative reactions and support for his kid. Scroll down below to read all of Kelly’s tweets and people’s reactions.

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Most people were outraged with the tweets

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In response to the outrage, Jesse told Chron.com the entire incident was a joke and that he was not sorry he had done it. “I’ll probably do it again,” he told the outlet, “I think it’s hilarious, as does everyone with a sense of humor.”

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Roger Haywood
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3 years ago

Be proud of your kid's accomplishments, no matter what they are. They are doing what they want, not what you want.

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

These are true words. It is actually not important that with Robotics his son is engaging in an activity that required brains and has a fabulous career outlook. It is important that he enjoys it, and that should be enough for this father to respect it.

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athornedrose
Community Member
3 years ago

yes, let's risk damaging your son's self esteem and sense of connection with his father so you can tell a joke for the internet. hilarious.

Maci Wilcox
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope his son didn't see this :(

Brivid
Community Member
3 years ago

It is great example of toxic masculinity.

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Jana Renner
Community Member
3 years ago

Typical answer of a bully if being called out: "'T'was a joke, didn't you get it?" 🙄 No. Nobody got it because it was mean and we hope your son did not see it. No child will "understand" that Daddy makes fun of his passion. (And don't get me started on how would this father think it was a good thing to mock science in the first place..would he have written all this about a "real" sports event and thinking "Of course this is ironic, everyone will get it!"? No!)

Cherie O
Community Member
3 years ago

Soooo, dad is a world class asshat. I sincerely hope the son succeeds and does very well in life. And hey, maybe the son will visit douchbag dad in the nursing home...on occasion. Jeesh….

R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe son will create a robot replica of himself to visit dad in the nursing home.

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ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
3 years ago

I love my dad so much. He was always so interested in anything I had to say or do no matter what it was, and he would have...and did...jump over the moon for anything I ever wanted or needed. I remember once in middle school I had an orchestra thing at the mall get cancelled because the chairs never showed up. He ended up getting chairs for us somehow and saved the day. I'm not saying this dude wouldn't do the same for his kids, but I just know my dad would have never gone on Twitter to mock me...even if it was a joke.

Major Houlihan Bear
Community Member
3 years ago

Yo dad, if you wanna leave, just leave. Don't throw around insults just to show off your manliness- or better; your indecision ;)

AnnaB
Community Member
3 years ago

Or 'attempt' at manliness.

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

Y'know, maybe the first one would have been funny-ish, MAYBE, if he'd stopped there, if he'd followed it up with "I kid, I'm actually really proud" or something equally humane but nope, just went on driving the point home tweet after tweet. He's bully.

Plumpapollo
Community Member
3 years ago

This guy is now more famous for making fun of his son than his actual job

TigerLily Peterson
Community Member
3 years ago

As a member of a FRC robotic team, this makes me so so sad and mad first of that poor kid and second the things that leggo robotics does for kids is awesome many of the kids go in to become great engineers

Carmen Elena
Community Member
3 years ago

Lego robotics is something to be very proud of. This father should be happy his son is interested in this kind of activity instead of being in front of the tv wasting his time or anything else. Go go go go kid!

Bill Taylor
Community Member
3 years ago

Hmm, gee. would I rather have a smart child that will have a good chance at a great career or a kid that plays sports that will have a 1 in 5 million chance of becoming a pro athlete?

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup, a real man's man. He would probable his son was out slapping weaker people around to show he is an Alpha male. You sir are what needs to change first in this world. Your outlook and attitude are outdated and weak.

2-10-11
Community Member
3 years ago

Its a lie, too, trust me, most of the other dads there are not bored, also love robotics and wish they were competing too.

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, why have your child gain skills for a future job in technology or robotics, all while doing something he enjoys, when he can run around in a field and clobber people over a ball?

R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

And get concussions that damage his brain forever. Bonus! I bet this nimrod played football when he was a kid and got hit on the head a few times too many.

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
3 years ago

Hell if I had a kid that won a robotics competition I would be very proud. That takes a lot of hard work and many different skills coming together into one cohesive application. I would get that kid another robotics kit to expand his knowledge and if they want make a career of it.

TheKnightOwl
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3 years ago

Him being conservative has nothing to do with this. I'm conservative and even I think he was an arsehole.

Full Name
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3 years ago

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You said it more eloquently than I did. I said fuck BP and went on a tirade, haha. Yeah, the extreme political bias of this site sickens me when it gets injected into non political things. I'm, amazed I haven't see the word Trump in the comments yet, haha.

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses. Or modern: If only he had not tweeted he would still be considered a good father.

PeachPossum
Community Member
3 years ago

Or like our moms used to say: If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

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R.s. Potter
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3 years ago

Let me guess: Dad played football when he was a kid and got one too many concussions...

Emir
Community Member
3 years ago

What an unbelieveable douche.

Adam Alkishawi
Community Member
3 years ago

To anyone who got angered by Gillette ad, this right here should prove to you that Toxic Masculinity exists on a bigger scale than anyone thought, this was not a Lego competition, this was a LEGO ROBOTIC competition, this required your kid to make a robot out of legos to perform complete tasks, this required knowing how to program the robots to do these tasks and apparently since your son won he must be very talented, if this was my son I would be over the moon proud of him, you are a disgrace, and this whole "it was a joke" is what lame people say when they get called out and caught in their lies, I hope when your son is a very successful engineer in robotics that he would throw your ass in some nursing home and never visits you while you rot in there until you die.

Full Name
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3 years ago

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The people who got mad at the Gillette ad got mad because instead of making it about behaviour, they made it political. THAT'S why it was hated.

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Diver Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW that really sickens me that a father could be so shallow.

Gonzalo Terán
Community Member
3 years ago

Sooo... For him is better to have a son with a head concussion rather than an applied robotics degree... That causes him a concussion for the lack of brains... I wish I could afford those toys in my country when I become a dad. 1st world (mentally challenged) daddy problems... FOOTBALL!!!

Mark
Community Member
3 years ago

Father, AKA, failed jock!

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

If my kid was in a Lego tournament, I'd be on the damn floor screaming with joy and pride. What a fuckwad.

Joanna Guthrie
Community Member
3 years ago

The only way this would be a joke is if his son were in on it. Saying or was a joke was a pathetic attempt to excuse his disgusting behaviour. Shame on this guy.

Mark Grudzinski
Community Member
3 years ago

This is what modern-day so-called "conservatism" is about nowadays. It's about cruelty, it's about aggressively mocking anything that doesn't align with your narrow viewpoints. It's negative to be considered smart. His stupid 'Murican flag baseball hat and faux steely tough guy expression says it all about him. Asshole.

Full Name
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3 years ago

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Clearly only conservatives can lack empathy and be dicks. Pot, meet kettle. Ultra progressives are about the angriest, meanest, least tolerant people out there.

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Martin Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

Please don't have any more children. I'm sure your family, including your In-laws would whole heartedly agree on.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

What an asshole. The best thing he could do would be to get out of his son's life forever.

gabiru
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed.

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Erika Hansen-Galt
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3 years ago (edited)

I hate that "Its just a joke" thing, where they then gaslight the victim into thinking they're a crazy snowflake rather than rightfully upset. My ex husband always used to say I wasn't as smart as he was because I was in the science that "doesn't use math." (I'm a biologist. He is an engineer.) He insisted it was a joke but he repeated it so frequently I know he meant it. That is what is going on in this scenario as well. It's abusive, shitty parenting. And btw kids that participate in robot competitions are badass.

Alice Putt
Community Member
3 years ago

So right. That's what abuser bullies do. Insult you to prove they are superior then say just joking when you object, and attack you for a lack of humor.

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Lisa Chambers
Community Member
3 years ago

Ten years old and building a robotic something out of legos? When this guy was 10 years old, he was probably setting small fires and stealing cokes from the local mini mart. NBD. I am cheering for this kid. Build your dad a robot kid he can criticize and throw a football at so you can get onto bigger and better things like inventing the flying car we have been promised.

Karen Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

He mocks his own child's talents and achievements on twitter, where the kid is guaranteed to find it if not now, later. He claims that people who found it reprehensible had no sense of humor. We have a sense of humor, but we also have a heart, and a soul, and even if their interest aren't OUR interests, are ADULT enough to take enjoyment from THEIR enjoyment and show pride and pleasure in their accomplishments. 'It's a joke, you have no sense of humor', generally the defense of jerks.

Wil Mie
Community Member
3 years ago

He later told it was a 'joke' because of the negative comments he received 👎🏻

Traci Johnson Francisco
Community Member
3 years ago

He is a true example of how NOT to be a man. Mocking your child for doing something cool that he enjoys is a true dick move. It has nothing to do with sense of humor (which I have plenty of). I only laugh at things that are funny, which this is just nothing but sad.

ƒιѕн
Community Member
3 years ago

I never played sports, my son didn't play sports, he was always the computer geek/nerd type. He now has a degree in mechanical engineering. I'm proud as can be of him.

Carol Emory
Community Member
3 years ago

Some people shouldn't be allowed to have kids. I think your kid would've been better off if you'd just taken off and been a dead beat dad. At least then you wouldn't have to lie about what a douchebag you are.

Perryn Stert
Community Member
3 years ago

Good luck to the boy! I am so lucky and grateful to have such amazing parents.

Reilly Beryll
Community Member
3 years ago

Claiming that it was all a joke may have been his way of trying to turn down the heat around something he actually believed. Joke or no joke, this is sad. How would his son react to the jokes in real life? If his father ACTUALLY joked about this? The kid would be torn!

Jim Craig
Community Member
3 years ago

And this is why Gillette made that commercial. When I was in high school, I got called all kinds of names by the jocks: nerd, dweeb, geek, f**got and others. Today? They call me boss. Do you

JP
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

"I think it’s hilarious, as does everyone with a sense of humor." Why is that the go-to comment from trolls? So, only people with YOUR sense of humor (which is f****d up, BTW), are worth anything? What a dick. Hopefully, when he and his wife divorce, she gets custody and he only gets supervised visitation.

Kateryna Yushchenko
Community Member
3 years ago

I can see this boy’s application essay to MIT — “I Succeeded Despite My Redneck Father”

Lillukka79
Community Member
3 years ago

"Got his brain from me". Apparently he took yours and grew a better one.

Alice Putt
Community Member
3 years ago

Mom's Brain. Duh.

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Mark Grudzinski
Community Member
3 years ago

This is what so-called modern conservatism is about. It's about cruelty. It's about aggressively mocking anything that doesn't align with your narrow world view. It's about anti-intellectualism. His stupid 'Murican flag baseball hat and faux steely gaze doesn't help with his overwhelming douchiness.

Jennifer Brower
Community Member
3 years ago

I remember when conservatives were the adults and respected education. How far we have fallen. William Buckley is rolling in his grave.

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Light
Community Member
3 years ago

You dad do not deserve a son like him. Some parents spend so much for their kids to register in robotics classes. I would love for my kids to show an interest in robotics. I have firsthand experience of how the field enriches people’s lives and quality of care in healthcare. In fact I am still in awe about those geniuses who came up with sip and puff technology as remote control for quadreplegic people in power wheelchair, or how the pupil of the eye could move a cursor in a computer, etc.Too bad that dad is not the sharpest tool in the shed that he cannot comprehend how valuable his son’s skills and interests are.

gabiru
Community Member
3 years ago

This is sad beyond words... :(

A Dyke From The Dreamworld
Community Member
3 years ago

Not every girl is gonna be your little perfect pink princess and not every boy is gonna be your manly sports drink-guzzling football champ. Kids are people and have their own interests. Deal with it.

Jo Browne
Community Member
3 years ago

What a jerk...but the I guess he is a radio host

Samhhain Cat
Community Member
3 years ago

What a dick. I have a mother like this. Fun times.

Margaret Shannon
Community Member
3 years ago

Jesse Kelly must realize what a deeply rotten soulless monster he truly is. Why else would he seek to aggrandize himself by publicly abusing a child, his own son? Someone should call CPS.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
3 years ago

There's little CPS can do without adding physical abuse--and his mother would have to be willing to corroborate. Most of our CPS laws need overhauling. Frankly, we need nationwide CPS laws that are the same for every state.

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Lindsay Dryman
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder what he'd say about my son who would rather bake a cake or make cookies than play a sport? Let the kid find his passion and he will find success.

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
3 years ago

Asshole

Terry T.
Community Member
3 years ago

That guy is the definition of POS

Ula
Community Member
3 years ago

So sad, he doesnt take time to understand

TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
3 years ago

Jesse Kelly sounds like a real douche

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hahaha, I was just joking!" is probably the worst excuse ever when being an asshat. Only asshats could ever believe others would fall for that...

Lizzie the Crayon
Community Member
3 years ago

Just you wait until he, too gets a Twitter. Just. You. Wait.

Jennifer Brower
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope MIT gives this kid a scholarship so he never has to deal with daddy dearest again.

Ruby Brook
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh no! Your son can BUILD ROBOTS and wins a tournament in Lego ROBOTICS. It's just horrible that he doesn't play a physical sport that will likely not land him a strong career and has a large risk of dangerous head injuries. Be proud of who your son is and the fact that he accomplished something good!

Karen Klinck
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh...but he's *10* and plays with *LEGOS* and oh, whynot sports? (/s)

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MnM2520
Community Member
3 years ago

To anyone who makes fun of other people's accomplishments: go fuck yourself.

Mark Lavette
Community Member
3 years ago

I was a Junior In HS...I didnt do much in school to make my parents proud(I hated HS) but I entered a speech contest for a local mens club ..won it and was going on to the next level...My father who didnt see my win went to a practice performance...and critiqued it all the way home(he was a toastmaster,) instead of complimenting me on it...I TANKED the next contest...He almost never saw my successes without making me feel like I failed at some level

Debbie
Community Member
3 years ago

the kid is obviously smart and developing further, dad obviously not

Lisa
Community Member
3 years ago

Dude you may not enjoy your sons Choosen activity but hey its not about you,

Bill
Community Member
3 years ago

His son could very well own a NFL team someday with a hobby like that

Id row
Community Member
3 years ago

What a douche. I'd take a smart guy over a dumb jock any day. That kid is going to need therapy and the father will probably mock him for it.

Living_Shadow
Community Member
3 years ago

Support your kids in whatever they are passionate about. You can't force your hobbies and what you like on your kid

Waqitos
Community Member
3 years ago

Just another trumpy.

Dr. Carlos Dangercat
Community Member
3 years ago

Obviously in the minority's here -- I'm a big nerd, but I thought the tweets were kinda funny. It's the kind of inner monologue almost all parents have when they're forced to attend a tedious event to support their children, kind of like the guy who live tweeted his experience chaperoning his kid's field trip. This guy should have left out the part where he said he wished his kid played sports instead tho.

Lara Mig
Community Member
3 years ago

It would have been funny if it was about a pet. The kid is a human being who can read and who can definitely find Dad's Twitter. Moreover, there are plenty of bullies at the kid's school who can also read and who can find Dad's Twitter.

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Ben Dover
Community Member
3 years ago

Did anyone actually read the whole article? Per Buzzfeed: "The whole thread is an apparent troll job." And everyone here fell for it.

Mario Purisic
Community Member
3 years ago

I'll just say one thing - "according to Buzzfeed"

Colin Spencer
Community Member
3 years ago

Who knows? His son may well be the person who designs a robotic exploration system roaming about on another planet, some time in the future. He will amaze his dad. On the other hand, yesterday, I saw a bricklayer's van with a sign on the side: "Bricks are Big Boys Leggo".

Barbie Nealey-Wanhala
Community Member
3 years ago

If he thought that was funny, he probably peed his pants when his idol mocked a reporter with a physical disability. I'm sorry this is your dad, little man. Move out ASAP.

Nostalgic Hyena
Community Member
3 years ago

I f*cking hate when people say this kind of thing and then go "oh no hahaha it was just a joke!!!"..

Janine Randall
Community Member
3 years ago

One tweet would have been amusing, but a running commentary? That's just trying to let others know that you find your kid's talents funny and not worth paying attention to. I bet he pays for a really nice nursing home for you and never visits.

somnomania
Community Member
3 years ago

That's not trolling, that's just bad parenting. Last I checked, trolling was usually done deliberately as a means of inciting fury in others. This guy's just being a douche.

Jonathan Waight
Community Member
3 years ago

None of us know what his relationship is like with his son. So to judge this father makes each of you no better. His posts were funny. It's not like he told his son these things directly. A sense of humor is important, especially in today's society. I have a son and I LOVE him more than anything, but I would rib my son too if that's how our sense of humor was. If he was truly embarrassed or whatever, he wouldn't have gone to the event...

Kriel Kipjes
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes exactly. How can anyone think this man was mocking his son? It's weird humor, but I'm used to that, mocking someone to show your affection. Goodness at the office some do that all the time and one new guy wasn't used to it. You can't say that to ppl who do not understand. They get mad.

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Помаже Бог
Community Member
3 years ago

I think that if he weren't proud in the first place, he wouldn't have stayed? I mean, obviously the kid hasn't been obliged to play football, he doesn't seem to be a terrible father. Children are children, not kings, not precious little things. This kid, I'm sure, is both not traumatized, AND humble. Plus he'll know to laugh about his own self. I think people need to just cool down a bit. It's wonderful for you if you're jumping higher than the everest if your kid made an accomplishment, that's your way of dealing with it and encourage your kid and all. But not everyone has to be like you. :) I know I'll definitely not treat my children as the world 8th wonder, for they won't be. But will I love them with all I am and all my soul? Absolutely. Will I support them? Absolutely. <3

Karen Klinck
Community Member
3 years ago

He stayed because he brought his son there, and if he'd gone somewhere else his wife would have gone ballistic on him.

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Christine Cameron-Dow
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3 years ago

I would certainly debate the statement that his son gets his brains from dad. Apparently dad thinks his comments were funny. If anyone needs proof that the kid gets his brains from Mom, that mistaken assumption is it.

Audrey Von Doom
Community Member
3 years ago

Invoking the 'sense of humour' defence is how you know this guy is really, really funny.

Janette Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Is this for real ?!? This guy is a asshole

Captain Foley
Community Member
3 years ago

The guy was making a joke. Everyone's overreacting to it. No doubt he'd be proud of his kid. I know a lot of fathers who make these jokes, and feign disappointment, but on the inside they're very proud of their kid

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

He was there. A dad who didn't give a fuck would not be right there with his kid. None of us have the full understanding of their relationship so none of us are informed enough to cast judgement on whether or not this was a joke his kid was in on, or if he's a giant douche.

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Whatevers not taken
Community Member
3 years ago

Some of those comments on the father went to far. At least he was there for his kids. If a father didn't really care, he wouldn't show up. Also the father said it was all joke. I'm guessing this guy is really proud of his kids.

Alice Putt
Community Member
3 years ago

He probably was there because he had to drive the kid over and back. That's no proof of fatherhood.

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 years ago

his pursed linguine lips speak before he even opens his mouth

blugeagua
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh yeah he looks like a total douche just by that selfie he took. Yuck

Talia Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

Apparently this is this dad's 'shtick' and meant (emphasis on meant) to be funny/ tongue in cheek. He's still a jerk though.

Lars Lasersson
Community Member
3 years ago

I would also say that more people than ever before are pulling the "just kidding" card now that being a jerk can result in hundreds of thousands of people seeing you being a jerk. On the flipside: what is reasonable? These sorts of internet backlashes are such a new phenomenon that people are not really too conscious of what they're actually doing by adding their drop of spit in the pool.

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Charcoal Kitten
Community Member
3 years ago

This dad is the worst. Be happy with your kid, you terrible person.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad, very sad! It didn’t sound like a joke to me. I’d have gotten up and prayed like crazy my mom would be the one taking me there! Kids that do robotics, even LEGO robotics, are learning to solve very valuable issues, outside the box. They may seem like kids play and passion for now, but whoah ! Look out when it’s time for them to become something wonderful one day! Problem solving isn’t done enough by kids now a days, nor is thinking outside the box. CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION WILL ROCK AND RULE OUR WORLD, ANS HOPEFULLY SOLVE SOME MAJOR LOFE PROBLEMS! All because they played with LEGO’s and robots! 🎁🎁🎁🎉🎊⭐️⭐️💫⭐️💫💫💫💫💫

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

At least he'll be able to go home and beat his wife and feel like a 'real' man...

david is great
Community Member
3 years ago

fathers can be stupid in general

steven
Community Member
3 years ago

maybe needs to have a DNA test. Looks like his son didn't spring from his loins

SirWriteALot
Community Member
3 years ago

Who is that guy?

Benjamin Mills
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a stepdad who's just like this. Only instead of machine inventions, my stepdad dislikes how I have interests in being a cartoonist.

Ana M
Community Member
3 years ago

If Mr. Kelly can't be proud of his child, at least he needs to respect his work. Mr. Kelly it seems to me like you are more focus in football, life is not at you like. Your son is much better than you.

Carla Olavarría
Community Member
3 years ago

What an asshole! If i was this kid’s parent, i’d literally burst out of pride!

AlanandLeila Hoyt
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually, he does state how smart his son is and that he won a trophy. I think this is a proud father who just wanted to roast his kid and make others laugh. It was done with love. I'm sure his son saw it, I'm sure he gets the joke. They probably joke around like this all the time. Think about the fact that he 1) Went to the tournament 2) Paid detailed attention to what was going on and 3) Made sure to share with everyone what his son was up to...including the fact that he won a trophy. I see a proud father. I don't understand how people aren't able to see the good natured, loving humor in this. You are all missing it.

James Grey
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

What an ass! Not even shocked that he's a 'conservative'. These people should just change their name to petty, hypocritical bigots. That poor kid. Imagine having to live under the roof of someone who undermines and belittles you for being intelligent. The person who is suppised to love and nourish you, is probably your biggest nightmare and bully. Even worse, he takes it public. I can imagine his son has it much worse at home. That kid is going to own his ass, someday.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
3 years ago

Sorry, dad, you don't get to keep the trophy. It's obvious the kid got his brains from Mom. You don't have any. Anyone who mocks his own child's activity, no matter how 'funny' he thinks it is, should be placed in parenting classes until he realizes just how unfunny he is. And he'd do it again? Sports? Nah; he'd just end up like dad. What a horrible thought.

Todd Chesser
Community Member
3 years ago

The guy is an asshat

Anita Newsome
Community Member
3 years ago

That's mocking. Not "trolling". Get it right.

Carrie Hui En
Community Member
3 years ago

shameless bully. I hope his mind and heart is open to parent counselling, even if a little bit.

DaMama T
Community Member
3 years ago

Ugh, I have one of these in my house too, bu lucky he only mocks my boys to their faces and not on social media...

Matt Leger
Community Member
3 years ago

Mr. Kelly: Has it occurred to you that when you are old and infirm, this boy may well be the one choosing what nursing home to put you into? For your own sake if not his, it's far from being in your best interest to belittle him and his interests or talents. But then, you're a right-wing radio talker, so maybe this is a silly question.

Holly Hobby
Community Member
3 years ago

What a douche nozzle

Dan Gray
Community Member
3 years ago

I think that this man Owes his kid a Huge Apology, He should be Proud that his son is so bright that he can enter such a contest instead of Mocking him and the contest. He should also be a bigger man and acknowledge that he was wrong instead of digging his heel in and saying it was a joke when clearly it wasnt. This is one of those memories that the son will carry forever.

Jane Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

To the football dad; No kid ever got a serious bone break or life changing brain injury from robotics.

Red Ruffensor
Community Member
3 years ago

He obviously has no use for Gillette.

Andrew “Andy” Hurvitz
Community Member
3 years ago

Just tweeting while you should be completely paying attention to your child is a form of neglect.

Andrew “Andy” Hurvitz
Community Member
3 years ago

Just tweeting while you should be full on paying attention to your child is neglect.

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
3 years ago

What a self focussed douche

Chance Garcia
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like someone wants to be the new poster child for toxic masculinity. Too bad that term only applies to plausibly human beings.

Cheryle Fuller
Community Member
3 years ago

hell, if I were younger and they had this competition, I'd be right in there with him. I'm sorry this guy thinks making fun of his kid is a cool thing to do for his audience. He should only go to the vapid football games, when women have to take most of their clothes off and parade around in sexual poses to get the men in there. Oh yeah, and have $12.00 beer.

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
3 years ago

In my first year of high school, we took part in a "Robot Wars"-esque tournament. We kids built it ourselves (with teacher's guidance), and took it to a nearby university campus to battle with it. We didn't win, but it was an awesome experience getting to watch this little machine we made working and battling against others. It sucked when I moved over the summer, and my new school had nothing like that available.

We'llSee
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

This is yet ANOTHER reason I hate social media, so people like this father would have no platform. He really is a piece of work, dog doo work! ..

Alice Putt
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually think that it exposes rotten things like this that commonly happen but people think their experience was unique and their fault. If the kid sees these tweets he'll realize that his Father is a jealous insecure jerk and that other Fathers do not behave like this and that he was a ok kid.

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Han
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't like his smarmy face. I don't like his smarmy pose. I don't like people who broadcast their children's lives for their own bizarre gratification. Poor kiddo will be able to read this, is probably getting bullied for this. Our role as parents is to protect and nurture our children! Only a narcissistic prick could be so heartless. :(

Mark CM
Community Member
3 years ago

"Other kids play football, grunt, spit, burp fart"

elfin
Community Member
3 years ago

If this kid does well at robotics or a similar field he could end up with an interesting, meaningful, well-paying job some day. Or there's always pro football.

Gregory Hewitt
Community Member
3 years ago

asshat !

Maryann
Community Member
3 years ago

This is atrocious. How can a parent sit there and not be proud of their kids accomplishments???

Lynda Shaw
Community Member
3 years ago

He thinks that not getting a kick out of this means no sense of humor. You know, not ALL comedy acts or jokes are funny. This one was definitely a miss.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

How about fuck BP for constantly putting shoehorning their political ideology into things? The fact he's a conservative has zero to do with anything. Know how I know? Because you NEVER put in somebody's political affiliation in a negative story unless they are conservative. Leave politics out of it FFS.

Captain Foley
Community Member
3 years ago

I mean, having a kid that can do both the brains and brawn is better than one that can only do one of those

Adam Alkishawi
Community Member
3 years ago

In what world is being a jock better than an engineer in robotics??? as football player your lifespan in that game is very limited, being a successful robotic engineer is for life, the dad was not joking, one tweet might have been able to pass as a joke (albeit a terrible one) but a series of tweets was not a joke.

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Kesyra
Community Member
3 years ago

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Yet another "let's all gang up on someone who said something stupid on twitter" post. Not saying he was right in any way but come on.

Cindy Newman
Community Member
3 years ago

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A whole bunch of sensitive snowflakes on here. Learn to take a joke. That's all this was.

R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

ONE comment *might* have been a joke. It ceased to be funny when he repeated it over and over and over.

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TJler
Community Member
3 years ago

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I think this dad is just looking out for his son like hank looked out for Bobby when he entered the fashion show. Cut this caring dad some slack

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

You're trying too hard to get the downvotes. You're not even remotely funny or interesting, dude.

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
3 years ago

Be proud of your kid's accomplishments, no matter what they are. They are doing what they want, not what you want.

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

These are true words. It is actually not important that with Robotics his son is engaging in an activity that required brains and has a fabulous career outlook. It is important that he enjoys it, and that should be enough for this father to respect it.

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athornedrose
Community Member
3 years ago

yes, let's risk damaging your son's self esteem and sense of connection with his father so you can tell a joke for the internet. hilarious.

Maci Wilcox
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope his son didn't see this :(

Brivid
Community Member
3 years ago

It is great example of toxic masculinity.

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Jana Renner
Community Member
3 years ago

Typical answer of a bully if being called out: "'T'was a joke, didn't you get it?" 🙄 No. Nobody got it because it was mean and we hope your son did not see it. No child will "understand" that Daddy makes fun of his passion. (And don't get me started on how would this father think it was a good thing to mock science in the first place..would he have written all this about a "real" sports event and thinking "Of course this is ironic, everyone will get it!"? No!)

Cherie O
Community Member
3 years ago

Soooo, dad is a world class asshat. I sincerely hope the son succeeds and does very well in life. And hey, maybe the son will visit douchbag dad in the nursing home...on occasion. Jeesh….

R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe son will create a robot replica of himself to visit dad in the nursing home.

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ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
3 years ago

I love my dad so much. He was always so interested in anything I had to say or do no matter what it was, and he would have...and did...jump over the moon for anything I ever wanted or needed. I remember once in middle school I had an orchestra thing at the mall get cancelled because the chairs never showed up. He ended up getting chairs for us somehow and saved the day. I'm not saying this dude wouldn't do the same for his kids, but I just know my dad would have never gone on Twitter to mock me...even if it was a joke.

Major Houlihan Bear
Community Member
3 years ago

Yo dad, if you wanna leave, just leave. Don't throw around insults just to show off your manliness- or better; your indecision ;)

AnnaB
Community Member
3 years ago

Or 'attempt' at manliness.

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

Y'know, maybe the first one would have been funny-ish, MAYBE, if he'd stopped there, if he'd followed it up with "I kid, I'm actually really proud" or something equally humane but nope, just went on driving the point home tweet after tweet. He's bully.

Plumpapollo
Community Member
3 years ago

This guy is now more famous for making fun of his son than his actual job

TigerLily Peterson
Community Member
3 years ago

As a member of a FRC robotic team, this makes me so so sad and mad first of that poor kid and second the things that leggo robotics does for kids is awesome many of the kids go in to become great engineers

Carmen Elena
Community Member
3 years ago

Lego robotics is something to be very proud of. This father should be happy his son is interested in this kind of activity instead of being in front of the tv wasting his time or anything else. Go go go go kid!

Bill Taylor
Community Member
3 years ago

Hmm, gee. would I rather have a smart child that will have a good chance at a great career or a kid that plays sports that will have a 1 in 5 million chance of becoming a pro athlete?

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

Yup, a real man's man. He would probable his son was out slapping weaker people around to show he is an Alpha male. You sir are what needs to change first in this world. Your outlook and attitude are outdated and weak.

2-10-11
Community Member
3 years ago

Its a lie, too, trust me, most of the other dads there are not bored, also love robotics and wish they were competing too.

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, why have your child gain skills for a future job in technology or robotics, all while doing something he enjoys, when he can run around in a field and clobber people over a ball?

R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

And get concussions that damage his brain forever. Bonus! I bet this nimrod played football when he was a kid and got hit on the head a few times too many.

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
3 years ago

Hell if I had a kid that won a robotics competition I would be very proud. That takes a lot of hard work and many different skills coming together into one cohesive application. I would get that kid another robotics kit to expand his knowledge and if they want make a career of it.

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
3 years ago

Him being conservative has nothing to do with this. I'm conservative and even I think he was an arsehole.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

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You said it more eloquently than I did. I said fuck BP and went on a tirade, haha. Yeah, the extreme political bias of this site sickens me when it gets injected into non political things. I'm, amazed I haven't see the word Trump in the comments yet, haha.

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses. Or modern: If only he had not tweeted he would still be considered a good father.

PeachPossum
Community Member
3 years ago

Or like our moms used to say: If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

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R.s. Potter
Community Member
3 years ago

Let me guess: Dad played football when he was a kid and got one too many concussions...

Emir
Community Member
3 years ago

What an unbelieveable douche.

Adam Alkishawi
Community Member
3 years ago

To anyone who got angered by Gillette ad, this right here should prove to you that Toxic Masculinity exists on a bigger scale than anyone thought, this was not a Lego competition, this was a LEGO ROBOTIC competition, this required your kid to make a robot out of legos to perform complete tasks, this required knowing how to program the robots to do these tasks and apparently since your son won he must be very talented, if this was my son I would be over the moon proud of him, you are a disgrace, and this whole "it was a joke" is what lame people say when they get called out and caught in their lies, I hope when your son is a very successful engineer in robotics that he would throw your ass in some nursing home and never visits you while you rot in there until you die.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

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The people who got mad at the Gillette ad got mad because instead of making it about behaviour, they made it political. THAT'S why it was hated.

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Diver Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW that really sickens me that a father could be so shallow.

Gonzalo Terán
Community Member
3 years ago

Sooo... For him is better to have a son with a head concussion rather than an applied robotics degree... That causes him a concussion for the lack of brains... I wish I could afford those toys in my country when I become a dad. 1st world (mentally challenged) daddy problems... FOOTBALL!!!

Mark
Community Member
3 years ago

Father, AKA, failed jock!

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

If my kid was in a Lego tournament, I'd be on the damn floor screaming with joy and pride. What a fuckwad.

Joanna Guthrie
Community Member
3 years ago

The only way this would be a joke is if his son were in on it. Saying or was a joke was a pathetic attempt to excuse his disgusting behaviour. Shame on this guy.

Mark Grudzinski
Community Member
3 years ago

This is what modern-day so-called "conservatism" is about nowadays. It's about cruelty, it's about aggressively mocking anything that doesn't align with your narrow viewpoints. It's negative to be considered smart. His stupid 'Murican flag baseball hat and faux steely tough guy expression says it all about him. Asshole.

Full Name
Community Member