Marlon Wayans has smoke for anyone who has something slick to say about his daughter’s sexuality.
On Monday, the comedian posted a picture of his 19-year-old daughter, Amai, to commemorate pride month.
“Happy pride to my pride and joy,” the proud dad wrote. “I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again.”
It was a sweet message but there were some haters lurking in the comment section. A few misguided souls tried to chastise Wayans for supporting his daughter but he wasn’t having it, according to People Magazine.
“She’s not old enough to understand what that’s really about,” wrote one commenter. “You have the power to change lives, Bro, don’t teach her that.”
“She’s 19,” Wayans replied. “She’s who she is until or until she don’t [sic] choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be.”
“You think if you support her you are good ???” wrote another. “Being a parent is not about saying yes to everything no you need to say yes on the good things only now just one question if you really support her would you give up being a grandfather because of this stupid decision that she made because as last as remember two girls can’t make a baby.”
“There’s technology and I got the means,” said Wayans. “So thank u shallow f**ker. Go hate your own kids.”
One well meaning fan asked the White Chicks star why he didn’t delete the haters and he gave a poignant response.
"I'm sure you can delete these negative comments," she said. "Let's keep this happy. Why some people have to be so opinionated. Praying they drown in their own negativity."
"I thought of erasing them but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exist,” he responded. “Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will someday get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter I am one step closer. I am not God, I don't judge I just LOVE. And still pray for the haters because I refuse to judge them too I just love."
This isn’t the first time Wayans has shown his boundless love for Amai. Buzzfeed dug up a touching birthday message he shared in May. He admitted he once struggled with her sexuality.
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Happy birthday to my pride, my heart, my love, my soul, my mini me, my inspiration, my moral compass, my sweet loving, romantic, kind hearted, intelligent, talented, soulful, conscious, angelic, beautiful daughter. I have loved you before you were even here. I rubbed you in your mommy’s belly, i read to you, i talked to you, i kissed you, i cuddled you, i loved you. I remember your head crowned all i saw was a full head of black curly hair and i began to cry like a baby. May 24, 2000, i pulled you from your mother’s womb, i held you in my arms and my world changed. My purpose shifted. I no longer lived for me... i lived for you, for my family, for us. You gave me purpose. You made me tender, you made me communicate, you made me humble, you made me attentive, you made me listen, you made me grow up. Your mere presence turned an arrogant boy into a humble man. You instantly shattered my hardcore and your mommy helped melt it away. Ask your mom you and that boy made me better. Without trying you did. You’re heaven sent. An amazing child. A kind human. A soul any and every parent would be proud to have as a daughter. You a strong minded and have always been. I tried to make you a righty you said “no nigga LEFT”. I tried to steer you straight you said “no nigga gay”. I tried demand things to be my way and you said “why”? You stood up to optimal authority, you questioned it, you challenged it and you defeated it. Thank you for that. Thank you for making me accountable for my actions. Thank u for sticking up for your brother. Once again you grew me. You changed my perspective. You made me love unconditionally and most of all you accept and love me unconditionally for all my flaws. When i am hurting for some reason you are usually present to tap them long soft fingers on my back and “it’s okay Dad”. I feel so strong to be able to be vulnerable in the presence of strong women who uplift me. Thank u for being one of those women. I can’t be no more proud of you than i already am. Never change. Just keep evolving. And know that wherever u are somebody loves u to the moon and back 4 2 4evers X infinity + 1 day... dad
“You a strong minded and have always been. I tried to make you a righty you said ‘no nigga LEFT,’” he wrote. “I tried to steer you straight you said ‘no nigga gay.’ I tried demand things to be my way and you said ‘why?’ You stood up to optimal authority, you questioned it, you challenged it and you defeated it.”
Wayans also exalted his daughter for teaching him an important lesson.
“Once again you grew me. You changed my perspective,” he said. “You made me love unconditionally and most of all you accept and love me unconditionally for all my flaws.”
Happy Pride, indeed.