Um, have you seen the photo of the baby doing a keg stand that is making its way around the web today? Yes, I'm serious -- there's a photo of a dude holding up a baby who appears to be doing a keg stand at a tailgating party gone wrong outside of an Arizona State University football game.
Apparently a student at the university saw what was happening with the baby and was appalled, and proceeded to take a photo of the incident and upload it to the website TheDirty.com.
And now what may have started out as a seriously inappropriate joke has turned into a full-blown police investigation -- because if by some chance that baby was actually given beer, this is nothing short of child abuse.
As of now, police are trying to figure out what really happened, and they're starting with trying to find out who posted the picture on TheDirty.com. And though that particular website has a very notorious reputation, even its founder, Nik Richie, is disgusted by the possibility of there being any truth to this photo. He said:
I just don't see the joke in it at all. People are really looking at this saying, even if it was a joke, it is just poor taste and it is terrible parenting.
If I had to guess -- I'd say the incident is definitely a joke, but even if these men simply got carried away and thought it would be funny to pretend this baby was guzzling beer from a keg (so gross), the idea of giving booze to a child is no laughing matter.
I'll be the first to admit that I took plenty of funny pictures of my son when he was a baby. I used to position him on the couch with the remote and a bowl of popcorn so it looked like he was flipping through the channels and chillin'. Or I'd put sunglasses and a hat on him so he looked like a little adult. But not once did I ever have him posed with a beer in his hand or a shot glass or anything like that.
I mean, what kind of parent does that type of thing? (Apparently drunk ones who can't resist getting a good laugh with the boys.)
If I were this baby's mother, I'd be beyond pissed about my husband (or baby daddy or whoever) simulating my kid doing a keg stand -- and I'd definitely think twice about letting the guys take him to any future sporting events. It's bad enough to worry about what your child will do on a college campus once they leave the nest, let alone worrying about them unwillingly being subjected to risky behaviors before they're out of diapers.
To hear more opinions on the photo, take a look at this video clip.
If this was nothing but a joke, do you think it's funny?
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