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Dad Threatens to Hit Son for Buying Purple Video Game Controller

By carolyncastiglia |

children and gender, bullying

Why get angry over something so insignificant?

A 20-year-old Tumblr user named Kristen who lives in North Carolina and works at Gamestop while attending college has written the latest defense of boys-liking-girl-stuff in a post that’s gone viral on the site and Facebook. “Dear Customer Who Stuck Up for his Little Brother” has over 26,000 notes on Tumblr and over 3,000 likes on Facebook.

In the post, Kristen tells the tale of two brothers, a “tall, stocky and handsome” high school wrestler and his “scrawny, neat, and very clean” tween sibling. She writes, “They were talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female character. I don’t know how many of y’all play games, but that isn’t exactly easy. Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called Mirror’s Edge. The youngest was pretty excited about the game, and then he specifically asked me…

‘Do you have any girl color controllers?’ I directed him to the only colored controllers we have which includes pink and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.”

Their father intervenes and tells the younger child to choose something else. “Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller.” The young boy tells his Dad he doesn’t want to buy zombie game Dead Island and his father threatens to hit him.

Kristen says, “That’s when big brother stepped in. He said to his Dad “It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your going to hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.” Dad just gives his oldest son a strong stern stare down, and then leaves the store.”

I won’t ruin the whole post for you by telling you what happens next, go read it yourself. It’s easy to see why people responded so warmly to Kristen’s thoughtful reaction to that moment. She and the boys in the story are proof that it really only takes a second to be a hero.


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0 thoughts on “Dad Threatens to Hit Son for Buying Purple Video Game Controller

  1. Richan says:

    That’s sweet :) he’s lucky to have such a good big brother, though if this family is anything like mine was, the games going in the garbage and the kids getting in big trouble when he gets home :(

  2. Manjari says:

    His big brother is so awesome! His dad sucks, though, and that’s going to be a big problem for a kid that age. :(

  3. Carly says:

    Yeah, having a bad dad is hard. Mine is bad in the most bad of ways. But there is absolutely nothing like having amazing, supportive siblings. They are with you from start to finish and together you can get through anything.

  4. Hyman says:

    Awwww. The dad should be ashamed of himself. It makes me want to say a little prayer for that boy and his family. It’s pretty ugly when you have to feel that you’re protecting your little brother from your father…. :(

    Sad sad sad but happy bc of the girl. She is a hero for sure.

  5. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    I read about this in the Huffington Post just yesterday and this story brought me such happiness b/c despite the threats this poor child got from his ignorant dad, both his older brother and the employee helping them supported him. If more people would offer even just a moment of kindness, I really do believe this world would be a better place. Those moments can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. His older brother rocks and he’s lucky to have him. Hopefully this story will reach this dad and wil help him to become more tollerant b/c at the end of the day, parents need to love and accept thier kids w/o judgement.

  6. Bunnytwenty says:

    Oh man, I got a little choked up at the ending. So glad this kid has such a great big brother to take care of him. His dad is pretty much the dictionary definition of a bad parent.

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