Dad Creates Amazing Gift For Son, Shuts Down Online Bullies
News| | By Madeleine Richards
When a dad wanted to show off a recent DIY project he made for his son, he thought the online community would embrace the idea. But after receiving some disturbing responses about how he was raising his child, the father had had enough.
Recently, Andrew Hook bought an old cabinet from Goodwill for $20 and decided to turn it into a play kitchen for his two-year-old son, Owen.
Hook turned this entertainment center:
into this impressive transformation with a chalkboard, refrigerator, burners, and sink.
He posted his handiwork on Reddit and, while many readers were seriously impressed with the new toy, he was met with a litany of scrutiny. Homophobic comments were made warning Hook against “turning his son gay.”
Hook quickly fired back in defense of his creation:
“Well, going off of comments I have received both online, and in person regarding my wife and I’s decision to make our SON a kitchen playset and several “daughter” comments and “but he is a boy”, let me be perfectly blunt.
“Fuck you. Any time we go to our local science center, or to the children’s museum, he always wants to play in the kitchen playset area. He always wants to watch us cook and likes being involved, so we thought this would be a good idea.
“Furthermore, if my kid wanted a barbie doll I would get it for him. If that is what he wants, then that is what he wants. Its his decision what he wants to play with. Not mine. As far as my comment on if he wants to play with a barbie doll…again, let me stress this. HE IS 2. I have seen him get excited and play with a broom. Ya’ll need to chill. Kids are going to play with what they want, and if you try to prevent them from doing something as harmless as playing with the toy they want to play with, they are going to end up resenting you.”
Here is little Owen happily playing with his new DIY kitchen:
Andrew said it well: a child should be able to be whatever he or she wishes to be, and should be loved and supported no matter what that choice is. On top of it, these Redditers should know that a profession does not indicate sexuality. There are many well-known heterosexual chefs happily married to women. There are also gay chefs, and there is nothing wrong with that.
No amount of online bullying should ever dissuade a parent from doing what they think is right for their own kids.