- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hilary Duff is firing back at critics who claimed a photo of her kissing her 4-year-old son on the lips was inappropriate.

“For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my four year old is ‘inappropriate’ go ahead and click unfollow with your warped minds and judgment,” the singer and actress wrote in a note posted Tuesday on Instagram.

Ms. Duff came under fire on social media after she posted a photograph Monday of herself and her son Luca sharing a smooch at Disneyland.

“Borderline pedophilia,” one user wrote, the New York Daily News reported.

“You should not kiss your son like that. There’s other ways to show love but not that one. It’s confusing for him, it’s not healthy,” another wrote, the New York Post reported.

“I personally just rather keep that difference of romantic and innocent kiss separate,” wrote another, Elle reported.

It appears that many of the offending comments have since been deleted. Hundreds of the comments were largely supportive of Ms. Duff and her relationship with her son.

It’s not the first time a celebrity’s lip kiss with their child has sparked controversy. Victoria Beckham made headlines in July after she posted a photo of herself kissing her 5-year-old daughter on the lips, a photo that some commenters found “inappropriate” and “disgusting.” Mrs. Beckham’s fans responded by posting photos of themselves kissing their children on the lips with the hashtag #KissYourKids.

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