Tom Brady has already had to defend his five-year-old daughter this week from a radio host who called her “an annoying little p--s ant” live on air when Brady was a guest star, and he's being asked to explain his relationship with his son today. The American NFL New England Patriots star is facing backlash after a clip of him kissing his son on the lips has surfaced. The 40-year-old was filming for his Facebook series Tom vs. Time when his son Jack walked into the room as he was getting a massage. The 11-year-old asked whether he could play a video game, to which Brady replied “what do I get?” and his son gave him a quick peck on the lips. Brady then jokes about the length of time of the kiss and calls his son back for a longer kiss that has made some fans uncomfortable.
The boy wipes his lips with his shirt as he walks away, as many young children do when an older relative plants a big smooch, but people on Twitter have suggested it might be a sign that he was uncomfortable with the interaction. The child in the video, Jack, is Brady’s eldest son from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan and he has two other children, Benjamin, 8, and Vivian, 5, with model Gisele Bündchen. Twitter opinion was broadly divided over the video, with some claiming they found it "disturbing content" but others have leapt in to defend a perfectly normal relationship between a father and a son.
Brady has been pictured being affectionate with his family before when an image of him celebrating a win by kissing his father on the lips surfaced on the internet. The question of whether children should kiss their parents on the lips has re-surfaced recently with controversies surrounding David and Victoria Beckham, who are often pictured kissing their children, and fans and therapists have weighed in on the matter. Brady hasn't commented on the kiss, but social worker and parenting expert Carolyn Meyer-Wartels told CBS2 that though the kiss itself wasn't problematic, the message that went along with the it might actually be the issue. "I don't think affection should ever be tied in with a favour. 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."
What do you think, should you still kissing your child when they reach a certain age?