Criticism and backslash over any situation has become a common occurrence ever since the advent of social media. People are able to not only interact with their choice of celebrities but possess the ease and anonymity to write anything that comes to their mind and to share their opinions on a public forum. Which is why and to no one’s surprise, the internet blew up after Victoria Beckham uploaded a picture of her kissing her daughter on the lips on Instagram.

The singular photograph, meant to only signify the love and adoration Victoria has of her only daughter, became a bone of contention for many of her fans. Ever since the early 1900s, people have argued on what type of parental style works best for their children. Should one hit their child or should they not? Should they allow them freedom to make decisions or ask them to obey their every order? So when this picture arrived, people were left confused and outraged in equal measure.

Happy Birthday baby girl 🙏🏻💕 We all love you so much 💜💜💜 X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on

Many agreed that the act of kissing on the lips is overtly sexual and can have undercurrents of child abuse. A child psychologist, Dr Charlotte Reznik, opposed this action stating the lips are an erogenous zone that can stimulate and therefore confuse the child about the relationship with the parent.

On the other hand, kissing on lips has cultural implications where in some parts of the world it is a common mode of expression even between a parent and child. While the act has become rare over the course of time, its existence cannot be disregarded. Many parents who choose to show their affections in a similar manner have vocally supported Victoria during this controversial moment.

While the controversy is still ongoing and the internet is divided, what is clear amongst this mess is that the intention of an action is what matters most. That intention was perfectly reiterated when Victoria’s son, Romeo, also took to the social media and uploaded another picture. In this Victoria is seen kissing Romeo on his cheeks and is captioned ‘I still love my mother’s kisses’.