Former NBA player Dwyane Wade is putting the haters in their place after posting an image of his happy family at Thanksgiving.
In the photo, his 12-year-old son, Zion Malachi Airamis, is sporting long nails and a crop-top.
The photo prompted some criticism from the less tolerant sides of Instagram and Twitter.
But Wade knew exactly how to respond to anyone who had negative things to say about his son.
Wade wrote on Twitter:
"I've seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is [a part] of this world we live in—so i get it. But here's the thing—I've been chosen to lead my family not y'all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!"
I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—… https://t.co/3rSpUszHjW— DWade (@DWade)1575156526.0
As other people sounded off in support of Wade's family, he clarified his mission as a father.
As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that i see them , love them and support them. https://t.co/ZrJp9WFdbi— DWade (@DWade)1575155995.0
This is far from the first time Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, have demonstrated acceptance of both their children.
After Wade posted a picture of Union, Zion and their infant daughter Kaavia with the caption "my girls," Union made sure people recognized it for what it was.
Looks like love to me 🤷🏾♀️ I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain'… https://t.co/hlrPDuIwc6— Gabrielle Union (@Gabrielle Union)1571174490.0
The parents both supported Zion when he marched in Miami's Pride parade, though Wade couldn't be there in person.
Dwayne Wade and Gabby Union supporting young Zion at Miami Pride is so beautiful, I could cry. I can’t imagine havi… https://t.co/gf9JGWzkgF— Câmi Thomas (@Câmi Thomas)1554680946.0
People on Twitter wished more parents out there could be as supportive and open as Wade and Union.
Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade & their family are everything black culture needs right now. They’re out here shatteri… https://t.co/31Kk4PA5yg— Ashlee Marie Preston (@Ashlee Marie Preston)1575148126.0
Dwayne Wade allowing his son to express in whatever manner he desires is my favorite thing. I'm here for these nail… https://t.co/r7Ue1KJcit— cookingwithluyanda (@cookingwithluyanda)1574990755.0
Love should never be conditional.
@HuffPost https://t.co/Kvx2GGjvRg— Little Buddha (@Little Buddha)1575301584.0
O Wow! @dwaynewade & @itsgabrielleu teaching the people how to be parents in 2019 ♥️. https://t.co/ML4z1jgxim— Monét X Change (@Monét X Change)1575297758.0
Zion isn't hurting anyone by making choices about what's right for him.
@CNN Oh my gosh. Let the boy have his white nails.— Jacky Felder (@Jacky Felder)1575294349.0
@CNN Beautiful family that loves each family member unconditionally! Haters need to take a look at themselves & the… https://t.co/tuwgUmGc9e— Emeraldeyes'Reason OverPassion' 💗🕊🎶🕊 (@Emeraldeyes'Reason OverPassion' 💗🕊🎶🕊)1575292290.0
Wade has set a standard of acceptance and love that we should all try to meet.
@CNN If you think there is anything wrong with Wade or his son regarding this, the problem is YOU.— Alt. Armed Forces (@Alt. Armed Forces)1575290893.0
Hopefully all parents can learn to be as great as Wade and Union in time.