Beck­ham’s ‘kiss for daddy’ sparks de­bate

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LON­DON: David Beck­ham has sparked a de­bate about the ap­pro­pri­ate level of af­fec­tion for par­ents to show their chil­dren af­ter he shared a photo of him kiss­ing his daugh­ter on the lips.

The In­sta­gram post shared on Thurs­day shows the for­mer foot­baller and fa­ther of four kiss­ing his five-year-old daugh­ter Harper dur­ing a trip be­lieved to be to Tan­za­nia. The cap­tion reads “kiss for daddy” be­side a heart emoji.

The photo was liked by al­most 2 mil­lion In­sta­gram users. But it sparked an in­tense de­bate about whether par­ents should kiss their chil­dren on the lips.

“David, to kiss lips of your daugh­ter, that’s wrong,” wrote one user.

“To be hon­est, kiss­ing your daugh­ter on the lips is a lit­tle weird,” said an­other.

But users were also keen to de­fend Beck­ham.

“A fa­ther hav­ing a bond with his child is noth­ing less than beau­ti­ful,” a user said.

“There’s some­thing very sick that peo­ple see any­thing other than pure and beau­ti­ful love be­tween a par­ent and child kiss­ing on the lips; what a sad world we live in,” an­other user ar­gued.

The crit­i­cism comes af­ter his wife and fash­ion de­signer Vic­to­ria Beck­ham caused a sim­i­lar de­bate af­ter shar­ing a photo of her­self kiss­ing Harper on the lips last year, on her fifth birth­day.

“Happy birth­day baby girl,” wrote the 42-year-old in the cap­tion. “We all love you so much X @david­beck­ham @ brook­lyn­beck­ham kisses from mummy X” the cap­tion to the photo said.

CRIT­I­CISED: David Beck­ham shares a kiss with his daugh­ter Harper.

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