Tuesday, May 17, 2016
More Facebook censorship
An incredibly powerful image of a father cradling his sick son in the shower has garnered an outpouring of support despite it being removed by Facebook more than once.
The moment was captured by Heather Whitten in November 2014 as her husband, Thomas, comforted their son Fox who was hospitalized for salmonella poisoning after the photo was taken.
Whitten recalled the moment in a Facebook post earlier this month, writing that her husband had spent hours in the shower with Fox as he tried to keep their son's fever down, and as the water rinsed the vomit and diarrhea off of them both as it came.
The mother-of-four, who is a photographer, lives with her husband and children in Southern Arizona and described it as 'a powerful moment for us as parents,' according to The Mirror.
'As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me,' she wrote.
'This man. This husband and partner and father. He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap.
'His whispers of reassurance to Fox, that he would be ok and that Thomas would take care of him were so steady and so honest.'
But she noted that while the photo depicted a special moment for them as parents, people were quick to comment on the nudity in the photo. 'I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn't even look past the nudity to find the story,' she wrote.
'They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn't be shared publicly. But, I disagree.
'My family may be different than yours. But, that doesn't make your way right or my way wrong.'