A proud dad stuck up for his 9-year-old son – after he received hate for dressing as Disney villain Cruella De Vil.
9-year-old Liam, who has a passion for costuming and dressing up, chose to dress up as the 101 Dalmatians villain for Halloween.
Liam’s dad Will shared his son’s costume on Facebook – only to get negative messages from “concerned” friends.
The outfit did not go down well with his friends
One friend wrote: “I must say completely inappropriate, and I can’t believe a parent would ever do that to their child! Sorry if I offend you or your friends but I think it’s wrong!!!”
Will replied: “We deal with this type of small minded person on a daily basis. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I will always support and encourage my kids creativity happily and without apology.”
The father added that his son doesn’t identify as transgender or gay, and just likes dressing up.
He told the website: “It seems like he is more interested in the creative process and the eccentricity of the outfit rather than the dressing or impersonating a female, although if that was what he wanted to do I would still support him.
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“It’s very typical for people to assume that because he has two dads, that we somehow guided him in this direction. That is simply not the case.
“We have had to discuss the fact that he may be met with adverse reactions when wearing this type of outfit to school on Halloween and even out on the evening trick-or-treating.
“Fortunately, he has a great school and very good friends that didn’t give him a hard time.
“I am not asking for applause or acceptance from other parents. I fully understand many probably have an issue with this, but I am perplexed by other parents criticism.”
And he’s not the only one
A number of celebrities have also embraced their kids’ surprising choice of Halloween outfits.
Gay icon Adele previously let her young son dress as Anna from Frozen on a trip to Disneyland.
Though the singer keeps her son out the spotlight, she has been very vocal about her inclusive approach to parenting, explaining: “I can’t wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be… whatever my kid wants to do or be I will always support him no matter what”.
Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber also stuck up for his son, taking him to Comic-Con dressed as Batman villain Harley Quinn.