On his birthday, Azai Willis received two of the same gift. So his dad, filmmaker Mikki Willis, took him to the store to exchange one for another toy of his choice.
Whereupon he chose a Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Ariel Doll.
Some fathers would balk at this, attempt to steer their sons in another direction, even question what this meant about their boy (is he effeminate? is he gay?)
Thankfully, Willis is an adult capable of recognizing that there needn't be any correlation between one's choice in toys and one's gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
More importantly, he recognizes that none of that matters because seriously this is a little kid who has better things to do than worry about gender conformity and who he's going to date ten years from now.
How would you feel if your son chose this??Posted by Mikki Willis on Friday, August 21, 2015
In a video that has since gone massively viral, Willis champions his sons' right to make their own decisions, and to be their own selves.
“I promise forever to love you and accept you no matter what life you choose."
The father of two later explained that the post was inspired by an incident that took place after he'd bought Azai the doll. They'd gone to eat at a restaurant, and Willis caught some of the other patrons looking over at Azai disapprovingly. Willis wanted to make a statement, a stand, against anyone else in the world who'd look at his children that way.
Unsurprisingly, the Internet is cheering this show of good parenting.
Some recalled how they were prevented from expressing themselves as children, and lauded Willis even more for the fact.
While others, themselves parents, shared similar stories:
^ And if he did, Ms. Pazos, you'd love him all the same, okay?
Admittedly, some were less charmed by Willis' decision to share the moment with the Internet,
arguing that it suggested that this should be treated as something out-of-the-ordinary, and not just normal behavior for parent and child both.
Others felt that Willis had equated choice in toys with sexual orientation, and, although he promised he'd be accepting of his children in either case, these responders pointed out that the two are not correlated.
All in all, though, this was a good moment in Internet history.