A photo posted to Reddit has prompted thousands of comments. ‘I complimented this guy for his shirt. He thanked me and told me he got it because it makes his dad mad’ depicts exactly what it says.
Reddit user goldenboy2191 says the guy in the ‘I ❤️ My Gay Dads’ T-shirt specifically wears it for when he visits his dad at work.
Responding directly to an inquiry from GSN, goldenboy2919, real name Jimmie Berguin, said, ‘From the sounds of it, him and his dad have a great relationship and pulling pranks like this are one of the ways they bond.’
Berguin says he took the photo in Champaign, Illinois. His girlfriend works at a property company that owns apartment blocks, and he was with her at the front desk of one of the properties.
The man in question was moving into the block.
‘I was at the front desk with her, and commented on the man’s shirt you see in the photo. He laughed and thanked me and said he likes to wear it to piss off his dad. Whenever he would go see his dad at work, he would wear that shirt to make all his dad’s co-workers laugh.
‘I personally was cracking up at the story and situation, thus resulting in this photo being taken.’
Others have questioned the humor.
‘If his dad isn’t gay, then this is cultural appropriation and it’s not ok,’ says a user called organic_crystal_meth.
However, one gay user praised the image: ‘From a gay dude who was just disowned by his closest sibling and struggles to protect a far away niece who was kicked out of the house the same week, thank you for posting this,’ said Left_Brain_Train. ‘This made the world a slightly less hideous place for me today.
‘No one is actually being hurt by his wearing a light-hearted pro-gay T-shirt, even if its intention is to frustrate his father. It doesn’t matter if some older man out there finds this patently offensive. F#ck his opinion of it, and who care’s if he’s actually angered?
‘The world is crawling with people like that, but obviously T-shirt guy saw the upside of poking right at the nerve of someone’s irrational discomfort. That’s what’s golden here and being able to laugh at it is arguably the purest example of what keeps us human.’
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