An Indiana father has revealed how he was hit with abuse after sharing a photo of his four daughters and their pet pig online.
James Breakwell, known for the comical @XplodingUnicorn account on Twitter, had uploaded a picture of the kids bundled up in winter coat’s in their van on the way to their grandmother’s house on December 30.
‘Right after this picture, the pig pooped three times. Cuteness never lasts,’ the caption read. The photo received almost 3,000 reactions.
But some social media users on Facebook were quick to dub the photo ‘controversial’ and said Breakwell was exhibiting bad parenting skills.
Users first noted that the children shouldn’t have been wearing coats in the car seat and that the seat belts were too loose.
They also pointed out that the two-year-old should have been facing backward and that the pig shouldn’t have been in the van.
Breakwell wrote about the experience in an op-ed in the IndyStar, surprised at the backlash that he received.
‘It wasn’t the first time I’ve been warned by strangers that my children were about to die,’ he wrote: According to random people on the Internet, my fatal mistakes include:
Feeding my kids grapes, which are a choking hazard.
Feeding my kids corn dogs, which are poison.
Owning a pet pig, which will grow to be 600 pounds and destroy my house and eat my children.
Posting pictures of my kids on the Internet, which will get them kidnapped and murdered.
Having too many kids in the first place, which will overtax the earth’s limited resources and doom mankind.
‘My bad,’ he concluded.
Social media users criticized Breakwell over the car, the way that the kids were positioned and the pig.
‘He’s driving a sissy-wagon. The thing can hardly go 20[ph]…’ wrote one user.
Another commented: ‘Friendly safety announcement: it’s not safe to put kids in a 5-point harness wearing fluffy/bulky clothing. In the event of an accident, the fabric can compress and the seat will not protect the child as intended.’
One critiqued: ‘The pig was frightened by your reckless driving. Hence, the poop.’
However, several people came to Breakwell’s defense saying that the keyboard warriors were overreacting.
‘You do realize that he and his wife are adults? Quite capable of raising their children all by themselves,’ said one.
‘I wasn’t in a car seat until age 7 and miraculously I survived my childhood. Y’all clearly DO NOT understand how cold it is in the Midwest in December. They need those coats.,’ offered another.
One person wrote: ‘ So you criticize how he dresses his kids but don’t offer a safer alternative?’
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