A dad on TikTok has divided the internet over whether his behavior in a recent upload was over-the-line or just a joke.
Brian Wells, who goes by @countrydad12 on the app, only joined the social media platform on April 22 and has already stirred up controversy. In two of his videos, Wells can be seen scolding his kids for not doing their chores before smashing several Apple products and a TV with a hammer and baseball bat respectively.
In the first video, the kids are sitting on the couch with their hands covering their ears while watching their father demolish the tech items in front of them.
As of May 4, the original TikTok seems to be removed from the platform, although Twitter user @Blackkout__ shared it with the caption: “Toxic parenting or nah?”
Over 18,000 people replied to the tweet.
“This is ridiculous. This is traumatizing,” one person replied. “Breaking their belongings IS a form of abuse. I’m disgusted with all of you agreeing with this.”
This is definitely toxic parenting and was stupid of him to do because he basically broke things he paid a lot of money for. This also taught his children that when you’re angry, it’s appropriate to break things.
— #JUSTICEFORREGIS (@UrFvBatteriTing) April 30, 2020
I guess not but damn these kids are gonna end up dramatic as hell. when you start doing too much and making your punishments flashy like this, that’s how they’re gonna deal with their problems. also teaches that you don’t have to respect your things cause you can just buy another
— soul_g boy tellem (@monckey64) April 30, 2020
However, in a follow-up TikTok (also since deleted), Wells addressed the accusations and said the kids were in on the joke to begin with.
“Alright everyone, in those videos where we were smashing all those toys and electronics and stuff, it’s not real,” he says to the camera.
Wells went on to explain that it was a pre-planned skit and that none of the electronics were usable anymore. He also added that he and his wife were getting them new stuff, and followed up with another TikTok of the kids playing with brand new game consoles.
After the two follow-up videos were posted on TikTok, a few viewers in the comments started to side with Wells.
“Honestly I don’t know how people can be so ignorant and not see that this was all a joke,” one person wrote. “You seem like a great dad, sorry you’re getting so much hate!”
But even with the admission video and the footage of the kids playing with new products, others remained unconvinced and still thought it was a dangerous idea.
“The shards could have hit them,” one comment on the TikTok said. “You’re teaching your innocent young kids that it is okay for you to be violent even if it’s just acting.”
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