One look at this image and once you hear the story, it will make your heart break.
Facebook has banned this picture because they say it violates their standards for appropriate pictures and apparently people are disturbed by it.
I’m a bit disturbed by those people.
According to the Facebook post, when his son was extremely sick, vomiting with diarrhea, this father, who didn’t know what else to do, sat for hours with him in the shower to help bring his fever down and let whatever vomit or diarrhea that came just wash off them both as it came.
It was a powerful moment for us as parents. Our intuition was starting to fire off that this was much more serious than just a virus but we’ve had much more experience with over reacting than not so we were trying to hold off.
As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me. This man. This husband and partner and father. He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap. His whispers of reassurance to Fox, that he would be ok and that Thomas would take care of him were so steady and so honest.
I stepped out and grabbed my camera and came back to snap a few images of it and, of course shared them. I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn’t even look past the nudity to find the story. They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn’t be shared publicly.
But, I disagree.
My family may be different than yours. But, that doesn’t make your way right or my way wrong. You may never take images of your family like I do… you may never share images of your family like I do. But, that doesn’t give you the right to silence my voice. To take away my right to share our experiences in an uncensored way.
Turns out they ended up taking their little guy to the hospital and discovered he had somehow gotten salmonella. These parents’ instincts were right on in taking extra care of their son. It was definitely a beautiful and intimate family moment. Nothing inappropriate about it at all.
She told Today:
“I think it would be really powerful to show my son [the picture of] him vulnerable and wrapped up in his father’s arms.
“(The photo shows) this is the kind of man that your father is and I hope that [Fox] will see that and never be ashamed or embarrassed by it.”
To me, for people to take this and pervert it only says something about them.
What do you think? Should this be banned as inappropriate or is Facebook being unfair?