Australian Man Assailed Online After Revealing He Chose To Take His Wife's Surname For An Awesome Reason

If you’ve ever been on social media and become consumed with thoughts of ‘well, that escalated quickly,’ you’re not alone. We would imagine that Grant Phillips was thinking the same thing after he was subjected to a torrent of abuse for a ridiculous reason.

As the Daily Mail shares, Phillips decided that he was going to take his wife’s surname when they married, and that was far too much for some folks to process. Before he knew what hit him, he was on the receiving end of all kinds of hateful remarks.

“What sort of a man takes his wife's name?” read one comment.

“I hope you and your w**** of a wife die in a car crash so that your genes don't continue,” added another poster.

Phillips notes that he’s taking things in stride, but he acknowledges that he was pretty startled by such harsh commentary from people he didn’t even know.

“I just feel sad for these people that they need to take the time out of their daily lives to track me down or to leave nasty comments on social media. The thing I have an issue with is that people think they have a right to tell me to go kill myself or to tell me to go die in a car accident or wish upon me that my wife has several miscarriages,” he said.

“The American men, they were the most threatening but then the Australian men were just kind of, almost childish - comments like, "Do you wear a tampon?" Every single hate mail I got was from a male but the ironic thing was the men would proudly display pictures of them with their daughters on the same social media pages they used to condemn me.”

So did Philips do this for some kind of bizarre reason that was merely aimed at getting attention? Nope, not even a little bit.

In fact, he made the decision for a rather awesome reason.

“No political reason at all, mate. She's the last line in her family," he explained.

"She has no male cousins, no one to carry on the name and it kind of made sense,” he added.

“There's nothing tying me to having to force her to take my name. We want our kids to be able to have the same names as us.”

Amazingly, it wasn’t just a few random folks with far too much time on their hands that felt the need to send him such horrible sentiments.

“One person said to me, 'This guy must have been raped by his father which is why he changed his surname.' My father's on social media - obviously that's so ridiculous and not true at all,” Philips added.

“There was one comment that was pretty bad about myself and women in general and I looked at the guy's Facebook page and I screen shot his message and actually sent it to his wife and his wife was just disgusted. Clearly, this guy was just living a double life online trolling people but playing happy families at home.”

Unfortunately, scenes such as this one are far too common in the wild wild west that is the world of social media. For all of its benefits, it also brings the worst out in some folks.

In any event, kudos to Philips for making such a cool decision, and we wish him and his new bride nothing but the best.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Grant Phillps/Instagram

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