David and Victoria Beckham are currently enjoying their vacation in the African desert with their daughter Harper. However, it seems like netizens are completely bothered by a photo, which the 42-year-old English footballer posted on Instagram. Last Thursday, the image showed him sweetly kissing his five-year-old daughter on the lips. It was captioned with, "Kiss for Daddy." While the image garnered over 1.8 million likes, there were mixed reactions from his followers. Read ahead to know what people think about this controversial photo.

David Beckham under fire on Instagram

One IG user said, "There is an advantage for a girl to be kissed on the lips by her father. When will he stop? 9, 12, 16? The lips are an erogenous zone. Poor girl." Some of his followers believe it is wrong to kiss his daughter as she is already old. On the other hand, several people also showed their support to Beckham saying there is nothing wrong with showing his affection to his child.

In July, David's wife Victoria Beckham faced the same issue after posting a photo during Harper's birthday. The 43-year-old was kissing Harper as well while in a pool. Her followers' comments had a slow transition from describing the picture as 'beautiful' to 'gross.'

What do experts say

According to Yahoo, "Be Fearless" author and Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert said that parents kissing their child are not a confusing act.

Alpert emphasized that society is only making the situation more complicated. He explained 'kissing' is only the same as sleeping with their child on the same bed. However, people rarely see this as sexual.

Moreover, one must consider the scientific benefits of physical affection. According to experts, children who are always receiving kisses and hugs from their parents tend to have a higher self-esteem, be happier adults and become better communicators.

In the end, these gestures: lip-kissing, snuggling, taking a bath and sleeping together will soon fade away once kids grow and mature.

Unfortunately, Alpert pointed out; people come up to a huge conclusion based on a single moment that shows affection between David Beckham and Harper. This is despite the fact that they are parenting from afar.

“Sometimes a kiss is truly just a kiss,” Alpert concluded.

Furthermore, aside from the Beckham family, another celebrity who experienced this criticism is Hillary Duff. The 29-year-old actress posted on Instagram back in December a photo of her and her four-year-old son, Luca, kissing. Do you have this kind of experience as well? Share your opinion in the comment section to let people know what you think!