Mikki Willis, a father and a businessman posted the video on YouTube last August 23, 2015 and at the same time ask the viewers on what would be their reaction when they are in his situation.
His son received a duplicate present and they decided to replace one and for his surprise his son chooses the mermaid doll. In the video Mr. Willis said “How do you think a dad feels when their son wants to get this?”. And then his son was at the back said “yeah”!. He also continued “That’s how I feel, I let my boys choose their life”. This heartwarming message the he said to his two son.“You have my promise right now, forever, to love you and accept you no matter what life you choose,”.
The uploaded video gained 15 million views in Facebook and more than 600 thousand in YouTube as of posting. the video was shared and flooded with likes, supports and comments.
On Mikki Willis’s Youtube Channel he stated this
“Many are asking me, “how did you feel the moment Azai chose that doll?” The honest answer is, it didn’t surprise me at all. Azai is equally fascinated by princesses and robots. One moment he’s all boy, the next he’s expressing a softer, more angelic side. For me this behavior rings more authentic than playing one note all the time. That said, I did have a little reaction to Azai choosing that particular doll. When I saw the collection it was part of, and didn’t see much in the way of variety of skin colors or body types, I had to resist my urge to say, “Why don’t we chose a more realistic doll.” I don’t want my boys to adapt to the programming that a women should be built like a Barbie. I said, “Let’s look at all the dolls in the store first, then you can decide.” He was clear, “I want this mermaid.” I backed off knowing this would be the catalyst for us to have a powerful conversation about the beauty of body-types and racial equality.”
Video Source Mikki Willis Youtube Channel