Victoria Beckham Kissed Her Daughter on the Mouth, and People Are Freaking Out About It

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Leave it to the Internet to be ridiculous about literally everything a famous mother does. This week a horde of Instagram commenters have been excoriating poor Victoria Beckham–“poor Victoria Beckham” is a phrase I never thought anyone would have a reason to say–for kissing her 5-year-old daughter, of all things.

A few days ago marked the fifth birthday of Victoria Beckham’s daughter, Harper. Beckham celebrated by posting a “Happy Birthday” photo to Instagram of herself giving Harper a kiss, and it did not get the response she was expecting. Rather than, “Aww, how sweet” or even “Wow, what a swimming pool,” people started accusing the fashion designer and former Spice Girl of actually being a child molester. For kissing her daughter.

“It’s nice but you’re not supposed to kiss you’re children on the lips. I’m not trying to be rude but it’s true,” said one commenter, according to the BBC. And that’s one of the more measured responses.


“That is not cool at all… Victoria should think twice before doing that shit. Fucking child molester,” said another, according to Scary Mommy.


“This is child sexual abuse,” said a third person.


That’s a pretty gross and inappropriate comment that minimizes actual sexual abuse, which this obviously is not. Beckham’s picture isn’t weird or inappropriate. It’s just a mother giving her daughter a kiss. A peck on the mouth is not child abuse. This is just a mother kissing her daughter. It’s sweet and normal. Not everyone kisses their children on the mouth, but this is harmless.

I wonder what it would be like to be the kind of person who goes onto strangers’ photos and tells them they’re kissing their children wrong. It seems like it would be exhausting. My blood pressure hurts just thinking about it.