In a recent Reddit post, a user said that after purchasing a Thrasher tee for their toddler brother, their conservative Christian father accused them of stealing their innocence.
With a 14-year age gap, Ben and his 18-month-old brother share a unique and loving connection.
As an avid skateboarder and a person who loves skate brands, Ben stumbled upon a t-shirt that immediately caught his attention.
He Loved It
It was a Thrasher shirt adorned with the iconic fire logo. Eager to match outfits and express his affection for his little brother, Ben decided to make the purchase.
He Always Buys Gifts
Ben mentioned that he frequently buys small gifts for his younger brother whenever he shops.
He Showed It to His Father
However, things took a turn when Ben excitedly showed it to his father.
His Father Became Furious
Ben’s father, a conservative Christian, was furious and expressed his concern about the shirt and the message it might convey.
His Father Gave His Reasons
He said that Ben was going to “put an image on him” and that they needed to “stay away from that stuff.”
His father said that by buying the shirt, Ben was “taking away his innocence.”
He Was Puzzled
Ben, genuinely puzzled by his father’s reaction, began to question his concerns.
He Shared the Double Standard
Ben highlighted instances where his father had dressed the little one in shirts depicting aggressive or intense imagery, such as trucks demolishing objects or sharks accompanied by the phrase “shark attack.”
He wondered whether these choices also fell into the category of “putting an image on him.”
He Ask Whether He Was Wrong for What He Did
As a result, Ben took to Reddit to ask whether he was wrong for what he did, and several Redditors sided with him, saying that he was not wrong.
A Great Older Brother
One Reddit user wrote, “You sound like an amazing older brother to have, and I can imagine your brother looks very cute in it! The shirt that you bought him at least is connected to a sport that sounds like you’ll be sharing with him in the future.”
His Father Is a Jerk
Another Redditor commented, “Your dad has weird double standards and clearly more faith in the power of T-shirts than anyone should. Is your megachurch a follower of the holy Graphic T?”
“It Sounds Like Your Dad Has a Negative Opinion”
A third Reddit user added, “You were trying to do something nice, but if your dad doesn’t want certain imagery on his kid, that’s his decision. It sounds like your dad has a negative opinion about skater culture and doesn’t want his toddler to wear things from that culture.”
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