April 23, 2015

“Stay clear boys, this is my dad” t-shirt met with praise and outrage

Rebel Staff

A funny picture of a young girl wearing a t-shirt that says “Stay clear boys, this is my dad” - along with a photo of her jacked father has gone viral.

The photo was originally posted to Reddit with the headline 'Dad security'.

It was originally met with praise, with the top-rated comment being “What he's succeeded in doing is ensuring that his daughter takes her shirt off the moment he isn't around”

However, not everyone was amused.

“Sexism, narcissism and sexualizing a preteen,” wrote one user.

Another user, who clearly failed English class wrote, “Father's who try and control their daughter's sexuality, even "jokingly" are creepy.”

Another chimed in with, “This father looks like he has a sick overly protective and possessive attitude of his daughter. What a creep.”

According to The Blaze, Gavin Gavlaarr Johnston identified himself as the father in the photo after Australian martial arts champion Kit Dale. Dale was even reported by some outlets as being the father in the photo.

Johnston commented on Dale's post saying, “THIS IS ME PEOPLE. I apologize mate, only started as a joke on FB, next thing i know it’s escalated to this!!!”

He then posted a different photo of him and his daughter to verify his identity.

What do you think of the photo? Do you like it?

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commented 2015-04-24 11:10:36 -0400
Thanks, Dad, you’ve done your sweet little gal a great service – just follow it up! Oh, that every Dad loved their kids this much!
commented 2015-04-24 10:24:55 -0400
Thought captions:
Dad – “Mess with my kid, I’ll have you for breakfast with my eggs. Go ahead, test me…”
Daughter – " Whatever Dad…"
commented 2015-04-23 23:32:41 -0400
Girls benefit from fathers who care, protect them and make them feel loved. It is proven.
commented 2015-04-23 22:17:22 -0400
Oh well, he got what he wanted. His fifteen minutes.
commented 2015-04-23 18:52:50 -0400
Hmmm, how do I like the photo? As photos go, it’s a 4/10. But that’s not really the issue, is it?

The message of the photo is ambiguous. Da looks utterly thrilled with himself while his daughter looks kind of pissed off. I’d guess she is about 12 or 13. Is her look part of her da’s intended FB image?

Are Da and daughter in it together or not? Honestly, I don’t know nor do I care.

As for who has responsibility for protecting the girl’s sexual integrity at that age, clearly it is still the parents but the daughter is learning to do it too. If she has to live down a strict dad reputation, she could do what the one comment suggested – wear something else underneath and take off her “My dad beats up my friends” t-shirt as soon as she is out of his sight. Girls have been doing that forever with parents who think they have not brought up a daughter with the confidence to command respect all on her own without the Saudi-like threat of a male relative.

Listen, in the event the girl can’t defend herself and some bully takes advantage, I just hope her da has the smarts and the balls to follow through with his threat and not be charged by police for it. Having a t-shirt like that almost guarantees that if anything happens to some boy who displeases the daughter, da will be first person of interest with police.
commented 2015-04-23 18:21:15 -0400
How many times are girls made targets? How many times are TEEN girls targets? I’m a biker. I ride Harleys and Victorys. When I’m in my leathers, I look the part, and I can look EXTREMELY intimidating. I use that look when I need to. All I’ve got to do is drop my daughter (or goddaughter, as the case is at this instant) off at school on one of my bikes — or the custom chopper when it’s completed! — and watch her reputation go both up AND down. Up, because a lot of teen guys will be thinking “I gotta get past THAT???”, and down because of the connotation of “biker chick”. Regardless, some young punk (or even older punk) is only going to see appearances, and will be suitably scared. End result accomplished. (I’m just wondering how parent-teacher conferences will go…)

Good on this dad for putting “his pic” on the girl’s shirt! Point made!
commented 2015-04-23 17:41:31 -0400
Nice to see a man looking out for his family vs the surrogate entity (government, pseudo co-parent, etc.). The child will grow up just fine because his duties as a father don’t stop at 5 pm and on the weekend.
commented 2015-04-23 17:27:13 -0400
I am sure I could take him :)
commented 2015-04-23 17:13:05 -0400
There are people out there that are always looking at everything as being politically incorrect or insensitive, where did the lighter side of things go, relax and have fun and maybe laugh once in awhile.
commented 2015-04-23 17:11:23 -0400
I think its hilarious. Besides, he would have make a new one every year as she grows :) :) GO DADDIO!!!
commented 2015-04-23 16:52:35 -0400
Totally agree. It’s a Dad doing his job…..the same job I expect my son to do for his daughters.
commented 2015-04-23 16:08:09 -0400
I don’find this creepy at all. Pedophiles might have a problem with it. Just a Father protecting his daughter. Just showing the possible consequences should anyone bother her.