By David Futrelle
On Saturday, former NFL star Jay Feely posted this pic on twitter:
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018
Feely later clarified that the picture was meant as a joke, so I guess it’s a bit of a relief to know that he wasn’t literally planning to gun down his daughter’s boyfriend if he found out that the two had engaged in some variety of sex-having.
As jokes go, though, this isn’t exactly an original one. A quick search on the Google will turn up countless variants on Feely’s joke, many of them available for purchase in the form of signs and t-shirts.
Not everyone on the internet thought Feely’s variation on this old joke was all that funny.
I keep seeing that photo of the Dad holding a gun while he poses with his daughter and her prom date. Some folks can find that funny, that’s on them, but that’d be the last time my kid was around said family.
— X (@XLNB) April 23, 2018
Gonna have a daughter so I can threaten her prom date with a gun and propagate my antiquated toxic masculinity by letting everyone know that I consider her lady parts just another piece of my property and send her a coded message that her sexuality is shameful to own the libs.
— Todd Kentucky (@todd_holloman) April 23, 2018
ME: Teach boys not to rape.
THEM: That's ridiculous, rapists are psychos, everyone normal already knows rape is wrong.
ME: Why brandish a gun in your daughter's prom photo?
THEM: Because girls have to be protected from boys' uncontrolled sexual aggression, that's just normal. https://t.co/MTWj8JObcV
— Rebecca Cohen (@GynoStar) April 22, 2018
So much bothers me in this "joke." The gun – yes, obviously. But dad inserting himself into his daughter's prom? No. Stand down, dad. This isn't about you in any way. This is just telegraphing the message she is your property until you say otherwise. Gross.
— babsbeaty (@babsbeaty) April 23, 2018
Nothing screams gun safety like threatening your daughter’s prom date with a handgun. ??♀️ https://t.co/AsGCmKo3an
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) April 22, 2018
Some made their own jokes:
Listen buddy if you want to take my daughter to prom you have to take me to prom too. You've gotta pull up to my house in a limo, attach a corsage to my wrist and awkwardly hover your hands over my ass while we slow dance to I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.
— miller low life (@itwasthreezero) April 23, 2018
And then, of course, there were the cute animals.
— Mαtt Thomαs (@mattthomas) April 23, 2018
Ok, maybe cute isn’t the right word for that last tweet.
But my favorite response was the angry email that gun control activist Shannon Watts got from someone insisting that the dad was perfectly correct to pull out his gun to “protect” his daughter’s “chastity” because once a woman has been with too many dicks she loses the ability to love.
Email I received in response to my tweet about Jay Feely holding a gun in a prom pic with his daughter and her date.
Good talk. pic.twitter.com/iJlcGnXKdg
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 23, 2018
Huh. Seems like I’ve heard that argument before. Evidently, the Men Going Their Own Way subreddit is leaking again.