Remember Tommy Jordan, the dad who reacted to his daughter whining about his parenting on Facebook by shooting her laptop, and put it on Youtube? (Related: Viral Video: Angry Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop With .45 Pistol After Finding Secret Facebook Post) Apparently having an arguable overreaction to teenage rebellion go viral makes parenting more difficult. And not just because the cops decide to follow up with you. (Related: Dad Who Shot Up Daughter's Laptop With a .45 Says Cops Paid Him a Visit.) The internet also explodes.
At least, that's what Jordan has learned. The video has sparked blowback both of the positive and negative variety, with some people calling Jordan a monstrous, abusive redneck, and other people wanting him to run for President. Jordan explains:
"There's been like 10,000 online going, 'Oh my god you gun-toting, hillbilly, uneducated, redneck, child abusing...," Tommy explains.
"Then there's everything from, 'Tommy for president,' 'Tommy's my hero,' 'Tommy you're a great dad.' (The video) is 8:23 of my life. You don't know if I'm a good dad or not based on that," Jordan told WBTV. "I'm glad you think I am. But you really don't know. And you really don't know if I'm a horrible parent based on that. It was an eight minute glimpse into one person's life at a fairly emotional moment."[...]
"It put my family through a lot of stress," Tommy says. "A lot of people are under the impression I'm mad that my daughter thought she had to do chores. I couldn't care less if she's mad about that. If kids enjoyed doing it, it would be called a hobby. What I cared about was the language she used. That hurt. My kid is better than that you know."
A more interesting fact is that Jordan's daughter apparently only just moved in with the man, and the Facebook dispute was just part of the process of them learning to communicate. Parents have had troubles like that before, though shooting a laptop is still arguably, at the very least, a waste of good hardware.