If you’re active on social media, you may have come across Angel Soft’s Father’s Day commercial, “Happy Father’s Day, Mom.” In the commercial, a diverse group of people with various backstories explain how their mothers worked hard to raise them. It starts off rather heartwarmingly, as they share the circumstances that led to their mothers becoming single and forced them to “step up” for their children.
“My father passed away when I was 3. Um, there was four of us kids in five years, so my mom had to raise four kids by herself,” said the first gentleman in the commercial.
Many of the interviewees are emotional — so emotional, in fact, that they struggle to complete their sentences. Eventually, text appears on the screen and reads:
“Some days she had to be softer. Some days she had to be stronger…”
And then, around 1:35, things take a turn when another gentleman in the film states:
“She really is like the most amazing mother, but she was an incredible father. Truly incredible.”
His statement is followed by another block of text that reads:
“But every day she had to be both.”
Then each of the interviewees wishes their mother a “Happy Father’s Day, Mom.”
The commercial has garnered more than 60,000 YouTube views and has added fuel to the ongoing debate about whether it’s fair or right for mothers to be recognized and celebrated as fathers, too.
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