A video of a man kissing a young girl on a bus repeatedly has gone viral on Weibo, where web users have debated over whether the man’s behavior is appropriate.
The video was uploaded by a netizen in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province with the title “Is this the girl’s father?” It shows a man holding a toddler in his arms as he kisses her over and over until they get off of the bus. The original video runs for about three minutes.
On December 7, after the video started going viral online, local police published a statement about it, confirming that the man was the girl’s father, Sina News reports. The 31-year-old father, identified as Chen, had apparently learned about the video through some friends and went to the police station with his wife and daughter to sort out the issue. He said that on the day the video was taken, December 2, his daughter was unhappy and he was only trying to cheer her up. His wife vouched for the man’s good intentions, saying that he loved her a lot and never molested his daughter, as net users accused him of doing.
Online, netizens were divided on whether the man’s show of affection crossed the line.
“Just a force alarm…Perhaps it was cultural difference. […] China is so big, people have their own way to breed their child. After all, kissing one’s own child doesn’t matter that much,” one web user said.
This blogger disagreed: “There’s absolutely something going on there. Look at his legs. Even if he’s her father, it’s still abnormal. Cases about father rapes his own daughter are far from rare.”
“I think some of you people are sick!” another user said. “It is human nature, this is how parents express how they feel.”
“I really wonder what the westerners would think about the father. I heard that people in western countries often express their emotions with kisses, if they think the father’s doing fine, perhaps it is us who overreacted; but if not, then the father needs to go to a psychiatrist,” Weibo user “最爱我的小豹子” wrote.
[Screen shot: Sina Video]