The Short of it
Mikki Willis took his 4-year-old son, Isaiah, to the toy store and didn't flinch when the child chose a Little Mermaid Barbie doll. Instead, Willis enthusiastically shared a video on Facebook, saying he wants his kids to “choose their own lives.”
After Isaiah opened his birthday gifts, he realized he'd gotten two of the same items, so his dad took him to the toy store to make an exchange. In the Facebook video, Mikki, who is a film production company CEO, explains that his son unexpectedly chose a Little Mermaid Barbie doll, and he’s totally fine with it.
The video post has more than 15 million views on Facebook, and it’s received hundreds of comments. Most have been from delighted users who approve of the father’s positive message of acceptance, like this commenter: “I had to watch this several times. So beautiful. So real. So kind. So human. Thank you.”
But some weren’t so kind: “It is all fun and games until we have a generation where everyone is a confused society.. And your man is cheating on you with men and women...and the women have a bunch of sissy men. There is absolutely nothing sexy about a girly man... Nothing. [sic]”
How would you feel if your son chose this??Posted by Mikki Willis on Friday, August 21, 2015
With stores like Target removing girl and boy specific signage for toys in their retail stores and the J.Crew ad that made headlines when the creative director painted her son's toes blue, this is just another example of the trend of not cornering boys and girls into one category or limiting their choices just because it might not be traditional.
When my son was 2 years old, he chose a pink Dora plate. It didn't even occur to me that it was pink. My kid loved watching Dora, so it was no wonder he wanted something stamped with her character.
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