Parenthood
Dad claps back against those criticizing his daughters outfit choices for homecoming
He set the record straight. What are your thoughts?
Cherie Gozon
11.09.22

Who is to say whether what you’re wearing is appropriate or not?

Unsplash - Naeim Jafari
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Unsplash - Naeim Jafari

Social media has allowed anyone to comment on just about anything to the point that people started policing what others post online. Whether it’s how they cook, how they treat their pets, or how they dress. The bottom line is that people always have something to comment on whatever you post.

We call people who comment on what others wear “fashion police.”

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Pexels - Sergio Souza

The term is very familiar to most of us, especially fashion experts and stylists who have this habit of filtering red carpet looks on who looked good or not. This attitude rubbed on us, and we started doing that on others as well, to the point that others would point out if the person was wearing something ‘inappropriate.’

This news anchor had to deal with negative comments about his daughters’ outfits.

News 6 anchor and father of two Matt Austin posted a photo of himself with his two daughters, Addison (17) and Olivia (14), wearing their homecoming outfits. It was the first and only time they went to homecoming together, so Matt took this opportunity for a perfect photo with her girls.

What he didn’t expect was the comments of people on social media.

Facebook Screenshot - Matt Austin
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Facebook Screenshot - Matt Austin

It was supposed to be a heartwarming post highlighting his daughters’ beauty (even captioned that they are more beautiful on the inside). But people started bombarding his posts with negative comments.

Here are some of the comments that people made on Matt’s post.

Facebook Screenshot - Matt Austin
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Facebook Screenshot - Matt Austin

“Honestly, I would not let them go anywhere dressed like that!”

“You need to teach your beautiful daughters that they don’t need to dress in a sexy or provocative manner to prove their worth. You should have taught them self-respect.”

“These outfits these girls are wearing are exactly what call girls wear.”

Mean? There were more in his post.

TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman
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TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman

Matt couldn’t take all the mean comments, and neither did his daughters. Just imagine how this could have affected them! So as a clap back to all the ‘Karens’ in his post, he created a reaction video on TikTok.

In the video, Matt defended himself and his daughters.

He said that the one thing he hated about raising girls was when people commented on how girls should dress ‘appropriately’ so as not to distract boys or not wear something that would seem like “they’re asking for it.”

TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman
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TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman

He added an important message to parents saying that it is not a girl’s responsibility to keep a boy focused on school or not to be assaulted just because of what she was wearing. Instead, it is the responsibility of a boy’s parent to ensure he doesn’t grow up as “a pervert without any self-control.”

Matt also explained why he never dictates what his daughters should wear.

TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman
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TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman

He stated three reasons: 1) they might start hating him for making arbitrary rules, 2) if he does, they might lie to him, and 3) they might think that it is okay for men to tell them what to wear. Good points, don’t you think?

He closed his video with this:

TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman
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TikTok Screenshot - @flnewsman

“But you know what would really disappoint me? If my daughters grew up to be the kind of adult who goes on social media and demeans a teen’s appearance on her father’s Facebook page. Now that’s what I call trashy.”

Watch his TikTok reaction below, and share your opinion about this important conversation in our society today.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

@flnewsman A dad responds to Karens taking aim at teen daughters’ Homecoming dresses. #fashiontiktok #parentsoftiktok#fypシ #hoco ♬ original sound – mattja83

By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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