The San Diego Comic-Con (which, believe it or not, used to actually feature comic books) is an annual celebrity fest these days. One such notable, Liev Schreiber, was in attendance this year, partly to promote, but also to parent.
Schreiber took his young sons to the entertainment spectacle this year, both in costume. His oldest son, 9-year-old Sasha, went dressed as a Jedi, and his youngest, 8-year-old Kai, decided to channel the unfettered persona of Harley Quinn.
As one would quickly assume, the child’s costume choice and the parent’s willingness to let him go as he pleased inspired a fair amount of commentary in some circles online.
Liev Schreiber is an awesome dad for this! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NzrE0wc9jF
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) July 22, 2017
“Liev Schreiber is an awesome dad for this!” wrote the Twitter user Common Gay Boy, followed by a chorus of agreement.
1) he looks amazing. Costume on point. My edges are snatched.
2) this is what good parenting looks like
— Hope⚧ (@hope_is_satan) July 22, 2017
I knew there was a reason why I liked this guy. What an awesome dad and human being.
— Tony in Vegas (@TNeader) July 22, 2017
Some other observers found a few things to complain about it, however.
Cosplaying as a female character is ONE thing. Wearing a slutty outfit of a movie character that isn't age appropriate is ANOTHER thing!
— VeganMegan (@pickedupfloozy) July 22, 2017
“Cosplaying as a female character is ONE thing. Wearing a slutty outfit of a movie character that isn’t age appropriate is ANOTHER thing!” wrote the detractor VeganMegan on Twitter.
There is a growing movement in society to more frequently allow for boys to dress in costumes and play with toys that might traditionally be more associated with girls, and vice versa. Given how much discussion happens when public figures engage in less gender-specific practices, it’s clear there’s a ways to go before it becomes noncontroversial.
Schreiber shares custody of his sons with actress Naomi Watts. The couple split up in 2016 after an 11-year relationship. They’ve both been very public about their commitment to co-parenting. “We’re parents together so we’ll be together for the rest of our lives no matter,” Schreiber was quoted late last year. “Hopefully, that never changes and I don’t think it will.”
Read more from Yahoo Style UK: