Last October, prominent “daddy blogger” Doyin Richards took a few months off of his job to bond with his newborn.
During his time-off, he snapped a photo of himself combing his three year-old’s hair while his littlest rested comfortably in a BabyBjörn. Richards then posted the photo to his blog, Daddy Doin’ Work, as a playful message to his wife who refused to believe that he could multitask while in charge of both kids.
“After 15 minutes of multitasking, the final result was a nice, tight ponytail for big sister and a happily sleeping baby in the carrier. Mission accomplished,” he wrote in the blog post. “I emailed the photo to her with the caption ‘Boom.’ and we both got a good laugh out of it.”
It was all in great fun. But when the photo was reposted to various sites and ultimately went viral, some disgusting developments began to take shape.
Racist comments came pouring in — some of them suggesting that Richards’ daughters couldn’t be his because their skin tone didn’t necessarily match his (his wife is half white and half Japanese).
“I would bet anything that you’re a deadbeat,” said one commenter.
“OK buddy, cute picture. Now why don’t you hand the children back to their mom so you can go back to selling drugs or your bootleg rap CDs?” said another.
“He probably rented those kids. They don’t even look like him,” said a third.
In light of the despicable reaction, Richards’ response was nothing less than a class act.
[box type=”shadow”]“Why don’t you put big boy shorts on and get in on the revolution of good fathers?” Doyin replied. “It’s not a good look to tear down dads for doing the work your wives wished you were man enough to do on your own. If you don’t believe me, just ask your spouses. They’ll tell you. But don’t worry. I’ll still be here whenever you’re ready to step your game up and join #TeamGrownAssMan.”[/box]
Good one, dad.