Andrew Hook posted photos on Reddit last week of a homemade play kitchen he built for his son Owen. Owen just turned 2 this month and the kitchen was his birthday present.
Obviously, Owen loved it.
The kitchen was built out of a $20 goodwill entertainment center.
Hook posted a whole step-by-step guide to building the kitchen on Imgur.
In now-deleted comments on the thread, however, users wrote things like "You are what is wrong with your country… I hope your kid gets beat up at school" and "Seems a little gay to me."
Hook fired back at commenters, writing, "if my kid wanted a barbie doll I would get it for him. If that is what he wants, then that is what he wants. It's his decision what he wants to play with. Not mine."
Well, going off of comments I have received both online, and in person regarding my wife and I's decision to make our son a kitchen play set and several "daughter" comments and "but he is a boy", let me be perfectly blunt.
Fuck you. Any time we go to our local science center, or to the children's museum, he always wants to play in the kitchen playset area. He always wants to watch us cook and likes being involved, so we thought this would be a good idea.
Furthermore, if my kid wanted a barbie doll I would get it for him. If that is what he wants, then that is what he wants. Its his decision what he wants to play with. Not mine.
Hook told BuzzFeed News that they never thought twice about building Owen the kitchen. He has an interest in cooking.
"I don't think that what I said changed the minds of any of the haters, but at least I said something," he said.
Even though Hook's project got completely attacked by trolls, he said that standing up for his son's culinary interests actually led to a lot of people sending him messages of support.
"I have gotten an overwhelming amount of positive private messages," he said. "It has been pretty touching to read them. On the flip-side of that, there have been several private messages sent that were extremely hateful and disgusting."
"The views expressed by myself and my wife on this are shared by so many people, yet there are those that still just want to spread hate," he said.
Oh, fun side note, the kitchen even comes with electroluminescent wire "burners" hooked up to a battery with an on-and-off button. So Owen can actually turn his stove on.
Luckily, all the drama didn't impact Owen's big day.
Judging from the photos...
...he seemed pretty psyched.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.