An Instagram photo of two gay fathers, Kordale and Kaleb, has gone viral for a number of reasons, some of which you might not expect at first glance.
Kordale and Kaleb, who have three kids and a sizable social media, have been receiving homophobic and racist backlash after sharing the image below:
1. Kordale and Kaleb Photo
Kordale and Kaleb are two gay dads who have become a lightning rod for conversation due to their Instagram account and family photos.
2. Kordale and Kaleb Kiss
Kordale and Kaleb are gay dads who post cute pics of their family - and each other - on social media, celebrating their life.
3. Kordale, Kaleb and Kids
Kordale and Kaleb are gay dads who post many cute images of their kids on social media, where they have built a large following.
4. Kordale, Kaleb and Family
Kordale and Kaleb are two gay dads who post cute pictures of their family on Instagram, where they have built a large following in recent months.
5. Kordale and Kaleb Family Photo
Kordale and Kaleb are two gay dads who post cute pics of their family on Instagram, where they have built a large following.
6. Kordale and Kaleb Pic
Kordale and Kaleb are gay dads who post photos of their daily routine on Instagram. They've gotten quite a following.
7. Kordale, Kaleb Family
Kordale and Kaleb have become a lightning rod for conversation due to their Instagram account, and photos like this.
The idea of two gay black men raising kids, it seems, is just too much for Twitter to take. Even some positive responses are more like backhanded compliments.
Many of the more overtly racist, homophobic Tweets have been removed, but the ones like "finally a black gay couple" are equally as problematic to the duo.
Most of the positive feedback hit on two key points:
- That Kordale and Kaleb are a black gay couple, in general
- That it was nice to see black men taking care of children
Indeed, the controversy surrounding this photo raises many broad cultural questions. Kordale and Kaleb responded to them in a statement to the Huffington Post: