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This Dad Shut Down Haters Perfectly When They Called His Son's Homemade Kitchen "Gay"

This is how you shut down haters.

Posted on October 22, 2015, at 6:11 a.m. ET

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.

Andrew Hook

Obviously, Owen loved it.

Andrew Hook

The kitchen was built out of a $20 goodwill entertainment center.

Andrew Hook

Hook posted a whole step-by-step guide to building the kitchen on Imgur.

Andrew Hook

In now-deleted comments on the thread, however, users wrote things like "You are what is wrong with your countryโ€ฆ 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.

Andrew Hook

"I don't think that what I said changed the minds of any of the haters, but at least I said something," he said.

Andrew Hook

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.

Andrew Hook

"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."

Andrew Hook

"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.

Andrew Hook

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.

Andrew Hook

Luckily, all the drama didn't impact Owen's big day.

Andrew Hook

Judging from the photos...

Andrew Hook

...he seemed pretty psyched.

Andrew Hook

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