Is it OK for a dad to kiss his son on the mouth? Should that kiss last longer than a peck?
Don’t ask Tom Brady, especially this weekend.
Some people are positively freaked out over the latest installment of the Patriots quarterback’s Facebook documentary series, “Tom vs. Time,” in which Brady’s 11-year-old son kisses him on the mouth.
In the scene, Brady is shirtless on a table getting a massage. His son Jack walks into the room and asks if he can check his fantasy football standings.
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“What do I get?” Brady says.
Jack leans over and gives his father a quick kiss.
“You know, Jack, everything comes with a cost, bud,” the massage therapist says as the boy starts to leave the room.
“That was like a peck,” Brady tells his son, who walks back and kisses his father again on the mouth, but longer this time.
Jack wipes his lips with his T-shirt as he walks away.
Jack is Brady’s oldest child from his relationship with “Blue Bloods” actress Bridget Moynahan. He has two other children, Benjamin, 8, and Vivian, 5, with model Gisele Bündchen.
The kiss quickly caught social media’s attention. Twitter penalized Brady for everything from the placement of the kiss to its duration, which some people decided was too long and inappropriate.
CBS New York took its cameras out on the street and polled folks about the kiss, which has spawned online conversations about how parents should and shouldn’t show their children affection.
“I’m a little uncomfortable with that,” said one passerby.
“Too long, like romantic long,” said another.
Other people saw only a father’s affection for his son in the kiss.
“If you kiss your kids too much, it’s the wrong thing. If you kiss your kids too little, it’s the wrong thing. If you hug too much — people need to back off and stop parent shaming,” Lyss Stern, chief executive officer of Divalysscious Moms, a social network for New York City moms, told CBS New York.
This is not the first time Brady has been seen kissing family members, other than his wife, on the mouth. After winning the Super Bowl last year he gave his father a hearty, full-on smooch that also made the rounds on social media.
Talking about the Brady kiss is a pesky distraction for some people who, just days before the Super Bowl, gave this tempest in a timeline a big kiss-off.