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Sat May 21, 2016, 06:58 PM May 2016

Is this picture disgusting or beautiful? [View all]

This photograph of a father holding his son in the shower has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook in the last fortnight. But over the same period it's also also been taken down by the social media platform more than once before ultimately being reinstated each time. Why?

20 May 2016
By BBC Trending

In some ways the picture appears to show a fairly everyday scene. A dad cradling his severely sick child in his arms. Except in this instance, they are in the shower and both naked. The picture was posted on social media by the photographer Heather Whitten who lives in Arizona in the US. It shows her son Fox and her husband, the boy's father Thomas Whitten.

For many viewers the image is a touching portrait of parental care and affection. The reason that father and son were naked was because Fox had Salmonella poisoning for which he would soon after be hospitalised.

"Thomas had spent hours in the shower with him, trying to keep his fever down and letting the vomit and diarrhea rinse off of them both as it came," Whitten wrote in her post accompanying the photo.

"He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap... I stepped out and grabbed my camera and came back to snap a few images of it and, of course shared them."


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one terrified parent and one sick child oldandhappy May 2016 #1
Neither. Rex May 2016 #2
My thoughts as well Scootaloo May 2016 #6
This. bigwillq May 2016 #7
Seconded AgerolanAmerican May 2016 #9
Yes. Life is often far beyond the categories. enough May 2016 #14
Yep. GoCubsGo May 2016 #29
Gorgeous and touching. A HERETIC I AM May 2016 #3
There are humans way sicker than Fox malaise May 2016 #4
On doctors orders I had to drench my naked kids in a bathtub when they ran dangerous fevers. mikehiggins May 2016 #5
Something is mentally wrong with people who associate this pic with abuse. Oneironaut May 2016 #8
Having experienced a bout sarisataka May 2016 #10
+1 JimDandy May 2016 #11
I'd call it 2naSalit May 2016 #12
It's beautiful due to the raw depiction of everyday life. herding cats May 2016 #13
K&R a 5th rec for publicity. The story is more beautiful than the photo Jeffersons Ghost May 2016 #15
salmonilla? Oh, that poor baby. What a great dad! liberal_at_heart May 2016 #16
Beautiful. Igel May 2016 #17
Neither? left-of-center2012 May 2016 #18
It's the context that determines whether the picture is disgusting or beautiful Lurks Often May 2016 #19
Other: In the eye of the beholder. People with a dirty mind will find it disturbing. Binkie The Clown May 2016 #20
There's photo at the link of another child. There the parent was the mother. rug May 2016 #25
Well babies come out of the vaginas of women underthematrix May 2016 #26
Nice photo of a father and his caring whistler162 May 2016 #21
back when the pedo scare was getting into swing in the early 90s paediatricians MisterP May 2016 #22
Neither. WillowTree May 2016 #23
I hope the kidhas recovered Liberal_in_LA May 2016 #24
I can't find any updates but I expect if he didn't recover it would have been mentioned. rug May 2016 #28
I don't like pics like this but I definitely hate this one underthematrix May 2016 #27
Do you hate the picture or that it was put on social media? rug May 2016 #30
I mostly hate that it was put on social media but naked hairy dude with A kid on his lap underthematrix May 2016 #31
How do you know it's not his kid? nt Quackers May 2016 #36
Post removed Post removed May 2016 #32
Either you forgot the "sarcasm" thingee, or you are a total asshole. The jury is out. n/t mikehiggins May 2016 #33
Jury is in. Post was hidden. HOPNOSH May 2016 #35
That child is probably 2 maybe 3. Children that age take a shower with their parents quite often HOPNOSH May 2016 #34
I don't think anything is wrong with it, but I think sharing it is unwise. LeftyMom May 2016 #37
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