Dwyane Wade took to Instagram earlier this week to share a picture of his spouse, Gabrielle Union, their 11-month-old daughter Kaavia and Wade’s 12-year-old son Zion.
The retired NBA participant captioned the image “My Girls” with a black and pink coronary heart emoji, seemingly calling his son as a woman as properly.
While most social media customers had been appreciative of Wade’s obvious assist of his baby as they discover their identification, some took subject with Wade referring to a male baby as a “girl.”
“What y’all think about this?” one Twitter person requested Monday (Oct. 14) with a screenshot of Wade’s IG put up.
What y’all take into consideration this? pic.twitter.com/68GifPNStM
— the lash plug? (@madiithedoll) October 15, 2019
Most of the responses on Twitter had been constructive.
“Am I supposed to raise my eyebrow at parents loving their kids?” requested one person. “I don’t care long as everyone is happy and healthy,” mentioned one other.
Another Twitter person wrote: “I don’t think anything is wrong with it. I actually like the fact [that] he’s treating his son the way he wants too and isn’t disowning / bashing him and etc.”
A variety of responses on Facebook, nevertheless, weren’t as constructive.
“He can support his child. But call that lil n***a what he is. A BOY,” opined one Facebook person within the feedback of a viral re-post of the picture.
“Absolutely disgusting,” mentioned one other.
Others identified that perhaps Wade wasn’t even referring to Zion as a “girl” and was merely speaking about Gabrielle Union and their daughter (therefore the 2 hearts on the picture—additionally, Zion isn’t trying on the digital camera).
“What if he was literally only talking about Gabby and the baby,” chimed in a single person on Twitter.
Gabrielle Union caught wind of the viral tweet and shared her personal ideas.
“Looks like love to me,” she tweeted. “I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain’t with the dumb shit. Peace & Blessings good people.”
Looks like like to me ????? I really hope that everybody will get the love, assist and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain’t with the dumb shit. Peace & Blessings good individuals. https://t.co/faFyusNktj
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 15, 2019
Zion is Dwyane’s son together with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. The former Miami Heat taking pictures guard and Union confirmed their assist for Zion again in April when he attended the Miami Pride parade.
“We support each other with pride!” Wade wrote on a picture of Zion and Gabby on his Instagram Stories.
Wade and Union’s public assist of Zion wasn’t well-received by all, and Wade clapped again on the haters in an interview with Variety a couple of months later, reminding of us that his primary job as a father is to assist his baby.
“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell. I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job,” he instructed the journal.
“And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do. My role is to support my kids and love my kids.”
Wade mentioned that he was shocked by the backlash, contemplating the truth that he was doing what he thought each guardian ought to do.
“I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes with it. I’m doing what every parent should do,” he mentioned.
“Once you bring kids into this world, you have to become unselfish. You’re not important anymore. Your kids become the most important thing. Your family becomes the most important thing.”
Wade added: “It’s my job to be their role model, to be the voice in my kids’ lives to let them know that you can conquer the world and you have the support of your father and the support of your family every step of the way, so go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and support you all the way.”