Comedian and actor Marlon Wayans shared a picture of his 19-year-old daughter Amai on Instagram to celebrate Pride Month and is now earning his Dad of the Year title for responding to trolls in the comments section.
The photo shows the young teen, who is gay, sitting in the sunlight with her left leg outstretched, showing off a rainbow design on the bottom of her sneaker. Wayans included a loving caption to accompany the picture, writing “Happy pride. Wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again.” Beautiful, right? Unfortunately, the internet was as usual, totally internet about it.
While many of Wayans’ followers praised the White Chicks star, others took the supportive and loving post as a chance to promote their homophobic agenda. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Thankfully, Wayans quickly shut down the trolls, giving us the opportunity to live vicariously through someone whose rapid-fire responses are the stuff of box office gold.
One commenter wrote “She’s not old enough to understand what that’s really all about. You have the power to change lives Bro, don’t teach her that.” Gross.
Wayans responded, writing “She’s 19. She is who she is until or until she don’t choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be.”
Another user wrote “You think if you support her you are good ??? Being a parent is not about saying yes to everything no you need to say yes on the good things only now just one question if you really support her would you give up being a grandfather because of this stupid decision that she made because as last as remember two girls can’t make a baby.”
Not ready to let the comment go unchecked, Wayans responded, writing “There’s technology and I got the means. So thank you shallow f**ker. Go hate your own kids.”
When one of Wayans followers pointed out that he could delete the negative comments, the Scary Movie star said that he thought that leaving them on display was an important. “I need the world to see that ignorance still exists,” writes Wayans. “We will all someday get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter, I am one step closer.”
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Garnering praise on his social media from fellow celebs like Gabrielle Union and Lala Anthony, Wayans’ celebration of Pride Month as a father will likely inspire other parents. While the actor showed some initial hesitation in understanding his daughter’s sexual orientation, he is unwavering in his love and support for her. That’s a pretty great way to kick off Pride Month.
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Happy birthday to my pride, my heart, my love, my soul, my mini me, my inspiration, my moral compass, my sweet loving, romantic, kind hearted, intelligent, talented, soulful, conscious, angelic, beautiful daughter. I have loved you before you were even here. I rubbed you in your mommy’s belly, i read to you, i talked to you, i kissed you, i cuddled you, i loved you. I remember your head crowned all i saw was a full head of black curly hair and i began to cry like a baby. May 24, 2000, i pulled you from your mother’s womb, i held you in my arms and my world changed. My purpose shifted. I no longer lived for me… i lived for you, for my family, for us. You gave me purpose. You made me tender, you made me communicate, you made me humble, you made me attentive, you made me listen, you made me grow up. Your mere presence turned an arrogant boy into a humble man. You instantly shattered my hardcore and your mommy helped melt it away. Ask your mom you and that boy made me better. Without trying you did. You’re heaven sent. An amazing child. A kind human. A soul any and every parent would be proud to have as a daughter. You a strong minded and have always been. I tried to make you a righty you said “no nigga LEFT”. I tried to steer you straight you said “no nigga gay”. I tried demand things to be my way and you said “why”? You stood up to optimal authority, you questioned it, you challenged it and you defeated it. Thank you for that. Thank you for making me accountable for my actions. Thank u for sticking up for your brother. Once again you grew me. You changed my perspective. You made me love unconditionally and most of all you accept and love me unconditionally for all my flaws. When i am hurting for some reason you are usually present to tap them long soft fingers on my back and “it’s okay Dad”. I feel so strong to be able to be vulnerable in the presence of strong women who uplift me. Thank u for being one of those women. I can’t be no more proud of you than i already am. Never change. Just keep evolving. And know that wherever u are somebody loves u to the moon and back 4 2 4evers X infinity + 1 day… dad