Marlon Wayans’ Instagram followers believe some things should stay private. The comedian lashed out at “ignorant” trolls who criticized him for a post celebrating his teenage daughter’s lesbian lifestyle.
The 46-year-old actor shared a photo of daughter Amai Wayans, 19, wearing sneakers that displayed the rainbow colors of the Pride flag – a symbol of homosexuality – on the soles of her sneakers.
“Happy pride to my pride and joy,” Marlon wrote in the image caption. “I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you [sic]. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again.”
Amai is Wayans’ daughter by his ex-wife Angelica. They also share a son, Shawn Wayans, 17.
While many of Marlon’s followers praised him for the touching post, others saw an opportunity to question his parenting.
“She’s not old enough to understand what that’s really all about. You have the power to change lives Bro, don’t teach her that,” one person commented.
Marlon defended his daughter, replying: “She’s 19. She is who she is until or until she don’t choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be.”
Another follower suggested he should delete the negative comments: “I’m sure you can delete these negative comments. Let’s keep this happy. Why some people have to be so opinionated. Praying they drown in their own negativity.”
But Marlon explained he made the decision to keep the comments up for an important reason.
“I thought of erasing them but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exist [sic],” he wrote. “Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will some day 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.”
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