When Scott Mackintosh’s daughter refused to wear something other than her “slutty” shorts, he decided to show her that her shorts might not be as cute as she thinks.
So the Utah father of seven took a pair of his own jeans, cut them offwaaaayyyy
too short and wore them out to dinner with the family.
The rest is Tumblr history.
“I simply did this in hopes that my daughter would know of my great love for her and that she knows of her great worth,” Mackintosh told the Deseret News.
“Now that it has gone viral, I hope that young women everywhere understand their great worth. I will look like an idiot any day if that point gets across."
His daughter, Myley, was the one who posted the photos to Tumblr. Then her dad went on his wife’s blog,Becky Mack’s Blog of Mild Chaos
, to explain his side.
In the Mackintosh household, he said, the modest-is-hottest rules are these: No midriff or low-cut shirts, no short-shorts, short skirts, not even sleeveless shirts unless playing sports or on the beach.
“Having raised four daughters and three sons, I’m a bit protective,” he admitted. “Some may call me old fashion, but I call it ‘A Dad who loves his daughters’ (and sons too).
“I know some of you may be rolling your eyes and that’s okay, my daughter does it all the time. I’m a firm believer that the way we dress sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act."
The incident began when his wife asked Myley to put on longer shorts as the family got ready to go out to dinner and play miniature golf.
Myley refused, so dad cut off his own jeans and put on a T-shirt that read “Best. Dad. Ever.”
He wore them out and Myley didn’t seem to mind until the family stopped for milkshakes at the end of the night and she refused to get out of the car.
Wrote one reader of his wife’s blog: “You are the Best Dad Ever, and you have great legs. Keep fighting the Good Fight.”
Mackintosh told a Salt Lake City TV station that he hasn’t seen his daughter wearing her short-shorts since.
“She's dressed a little bit better since then,” he said.