Doesn’t get any better than this. Our newest addition cuddled up to daddy. Daddy loves you lyric pic.twitter.com/UC6ggLQszd
— AJ McLean (@skulleeroz) April 8, 2017
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean isn’t the first dad to feel protective of his daughters.
But he recently told Refinery29 that he ‘hopes both of [his] daughters are gay because that takes all penis out of [his] life.’
The boy bander explained further: ‘I do not want to deal with boys ever. But if I do have to, they’re going to have to go through quite a lot of trials to go through me because my daughters are my life.’
Despite the added explanation, some readers felt McLean’s ‘joke’ had crossed a line, downplaying the homophobia and violence the LGBTI community faces.
Facebook user Annalisa Hackleman said in a post: ‘Hardcore fan but this is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard come out of his face in a long time.’
Others felt his adherence to traditional gender roles — namely, that it’s his job to protect his daughters by suppressing their sexuality — was out of touch.
‘This cliché is fundamentally about control over women’s bodies,’ said Alex Bollinger for LGBTQ Nation.
But the good news is McLean has plenty of time to educate himself on both subjects before his daughters Ava, 4, and two-month-old Lyric start dating.