A Utah mom came under fire last month for the way she hugged her son after his high school football game.
Backlash ensued after Amber Wright posted a clip on Instagram of her hugging her 16-year-old son after his football game. In the post, Wright wrote that she was thankful the moment “he immediately picked me up and just held me” was captured on camera. But, she had no idea that the clip would go viral and that she would be under fire for what people called “inappropriate” behavior.
Amber was forced to defend herself and explain that the moment was an emotional one as her son, Brix, wore the number 44 on his jersey for the first time. The number represented his father’s death date, April 4. According to the mom, Brix had recently lost his father to alcoholism that led to suicide.
On September 17, Amber uploaded a video where she defended herself and called out the “hypocritical” and “disgraceful” comments that were being made about the hug.
“We live in a society where we are preaching that we should all love one another. It just seems very hypocritical,” she said. “I would never go on somebody else’s page and pick them apart, degrade them, and disrespect them.”
The 38-year-old insisted that she was just a proud mom hugging her son.“If you’re one of the people who happens to see something immoral or sexual or wrong with it, then I’m just going to say that’s on you.”
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Brix took to Instagram to defend his mom, saying: “How about you leave my mom alone. She’s never abused me, done anything sexual with me or my friends, or groomed me. She’s my mom. She’s my hero,” he wrote. “The video of us hugging was a HUG. Go bother someone else and maybe hug your own kids.”