“My girls look too good at homecoming night,” Austin captioned the photo. “Believe it or not, they are even more beautiful on the inside.”
Austin told “Good Morning America” that he posted the photo as a “proud father moment” on the night that his daughters, who are seniors and freshmen at the same high school, would attend college together. their only homecoming dance.
Later that night, Austin said he checked his phone and saw that the photo had received more than double the comments he gets on average on his posts.
“As I was watching I saw some nasty comments, I’m a bad parent how could you, so outrageous, that kind of rhetoric is happening,” Austin said. “I was stunned.”
Among the comments Austin said his post received were statements like “Those girls are too young to dress provocatively. They should respect themselves” and “So sad that parents think it’s okay to send young girls out with all the shows”.
Austin, who also has a 7-year-old daughter, said he was surprised that people who didn’t know him personally or his family would comment on his children, and especially their appearance.
She said she also immediately saw a double standard in how people responded to her daughters’ dresses compared to if she had posted a photo with a son.
“You would never see anyone comment on your child’s clothing. That would never happen,” Austin said. “They could be in his speedos for his swim team, and no one has a problem with that.”
Austin added that his daughters attended the homecoming party in a large group that included nearly two dozen high school students, and that all of the girls’ dresses were the same length as his daughters’.
“There is a total double standard when it comes to how girls are criticized for their clothing and how men are criticized for their clothing, which is non-existent,” she said. “You can wear whatever you want when you’re a man, but girls are responsible for what they wear in all these social situations.”
“Let’s make something very clear,” Austin says in the video. “It’s not my daughter’s job to make sure her son is focused in school. It’s also not her job to dress up as her hideous enough so her son doesn’t attack her.”
Austin said in the video that he doesn’t tell his daughters what they can and can’t wear.
“If I start dictating what my daughters wear, I’m going to teach them three things,” she said. “A) They’ll start hating me for arbitrary rules. B) They’ll start lying to me. Or, C) Maybe even worse, that it’s okay for a guy to tell them what to wear because they look too good.”
Courtesy Matt Austin
Matt Austin, a news anchor for WKMG-TV in Orlando, took to TikTok to respond to comments about his daughter’s homecoming dresses.
Austin said he showed the video, titled “Dad Destroys the Fashion Police,” to his teenage daughters for their approval before posting it to his account, where it now has more than 1 million likes.
“They both said, ‘It’s a good message, go ahead,'” Austin recalled, adding that he feels the incident became a good learning experience for his daughters.
“I talk a lot in my house about never taking criticism from someone you want advice from,” Austin said. “There are a lot of people online who will give us advice and criticism, and it’s nice to be able to go offline and focus on what you know is right.”