Perez Hilton is catching a lot of heat for a selfie he posted on Insta over the weekend. In the photo Perez posted, he and his young son Mario are taking a bath together. Both of them are smiling and nothing is showing that shouldn't be. The photo was posted with the caption "Our family motto is: #fun! We try and incorporate fun into as much of the everyday things we do! #Bathtime."
The family snapshot sparked tons of backlash online, with commenters calling it "creepy" and "wrong." Perez later replied to one comment, stating "I had my bathing suit on, and I didn't feel the need to clarify that in the caption."
Preach, Perez. I'm willing to bet those who are complaining loudest don't have children, and are the same fools who get up in arms when Amber Rose kisses her son on the mouth.
As his Instagram bio states, Perez is a proud father. He shares pictures of his adorable little boy (and baby girl Mia) all over his social media accounts, and while you can make an argument that posting a shower selfie is a new level of "YouNeedToPutYourPhoneDownBoo," calling Perez creepy for bathing with his son is taking it a step too far.
We expect men, especially, to toe a fine line when it comes to showing affection for their children. They get criticism from all sides - if they're not affectionate enough, they're too cold and distant, but because the only kind of affection we associate with men is sexual, they're judged more harshly than women - and that goes double for gay men, who have had to contend with, for years, the offensive and outdated stereotype of gay men as predators.
If a female celebrity posted a bath time selfie with her kids, no one would be calling her a creep. Perez got it right when he told The Daily Mail, "Everyone does what they see fit as a parent. Personally, I enjoy putting on my swim trunks and taking a shower with my son as often as possible."
Worry about your own kids and leave Perez alone.