A photo of Joe Biden hugging and kissing his son Hunter has been circulating the internet in the past few days after Newsmax TV host John Cardillo shared it on Twitter. He captioned the photo with: “Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?” – and he sparked a heated debate.
The question was clearly meant to provoke Biden and his voters. Biden is known for his deep love for his family and his physical expressions of affection. Although some people accused the photos of being ‘creepy’, most people defended his expressions of affection as those of a close friend and fatherly or grandfatherly figure. In fact, one of the photos featured Biden holding and kissing his grandson at his son Beau’s funeral.
What we should all remember, though, is that everyone has their own level of comfort with physical space, and the line of what’s appropriate is not defined by some standards. It’s different for everyone.
What’s sad is to accuse someone of being inappropriate just because they show love and affection differently.
Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you? pic.twitter.com/XDMIsgjUKI
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 22, 2020
Thankfully, people recognized John Cardillo’s b.s., and pointed out that the photo says a lot more about Cardillo himself than the father and son in it. Some even suggested the host visits a therapy until he learns the difference between healthy and unhealthy touching.
John, I mean this in all sincerity: just go to one therapy session and see what it does for you. Try it out.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 22, 2020
I’m a trained therapist and if anyone looks at this photo and sees anything other than father + son love, I’d recommend therapy until the person knows diff bw healthy + unhealthy touching.
— Kim C. Dickerson, M.S. (@kimcdickerson) October 22, 2020
Fathers should kiss their sons so that their sons grow up to be men who don’t see compassion as a character flaw, who don’t mistake toughness for strength, who aren’t afraid to love people fully.
We could use more men like that now.https://t.co/atbpO8YyST
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) October 22, 2020
Kyle, I couldn’t agree more! pic.twitter.com/fX8HHEdFsi
— Matt From Buffalo (@BeerMileRepeats) October 22, 2020
Hunter has lost a mother, a sister, and a brother. His father is trying to make up for that lost love.
I’m sorry your dad never showed you even one person’s love.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) October 22, 2020