Victoria Beckham has sparked an intense online debate after posting a photo of herself kissing her five-year-old daughter Harper, on the lips. "Happy Birthday baby girl. We all love you so much X kisses from mummy X," the designer and Former Spice Girl wrote on Instagram.
A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on
It wasn't long before the post was bombarded with unsavoury comments.
"Eww sorry I'm old fashioned it looks like they making out," one commenter wrote.
"That's one passionate kiss right there...Hope she gets so passionate with @davidbeckham," blasted another.
The backlash was so severe that BBC Trending consulted the social etiquette expert, Liz Brewer to weigh in on the controversial issue.
Is it okay to kiss your child on the mouth?
"Normally with a member of your family you don't kiss on the lips unless it's your husband," she said.
"With children, I wouldn't have thought it's a particularly good habit to get into but it's her child and she's at liberty to do what she thinks is best.
"I would be uncomfortable doing that and I think most people would be. If she feels it's appropriate, so be it. I wouldn't say it sets a particularly good example."
Read more: David Beckham posts adorable photo of Harper in mini Man U kit Despite the negative response, moms around the world took to Instagram to show their support of the "innocent" act of motherhood. "I find it deeply upsetting that people are now being abused for publicly showing their child love and affection," one mom wrote on Instagram. "I will never ever stop showering my child with affection, they are a precious gift and one that should be treasured every day. I only hope that @victoriabeckham is standing proud and posts another 100 picture of her kissing Harper."
"In support of @victoriabeckham my children giving me a goodnight kiss. Completely innocent. People need to be real and this is how lovely it is being a mum. Cherish it," shared Ami White.
"I'll kiss my kids until the day I die," wrote another.
"All this hoohaa with Victoria Beckham kissing Harper on the lips! I always have and always will kiss my kids on the lips! What a shitty world it is if you can't!" chipped in another mother.
"Kiss your kids as much as you want, they are yours to love and cherish."
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Sources: instagram.com, bbc.com