Girlfriend Dragged for 'Weird' Reaction to Photos of Boyfriend & His Sister

Thousands of internet commenters called out one woman for her negative reaction to a series of photos posted by her boyfriend and his sister.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/SubstantialHyena6800 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) explained that her boyfriend and his older sister recently embarked on a road trip together, and expressed her dismay with the photos they posted during it.

Titled, "[Am I the a**hole] for getting upset at my boyfriend for posting pictures of himself and his sister when they went on a road trip together," the viral post has received nearly 7,500 votes and 3,000 comments in the last day.

Writing that she and her boyfriend have been dating for the last year-and-a-half, the original poster said she initially wanted to go on the trip with him and his sister, but was effectively excluded.

While her boyfriend and his sister were on their trip, the pair shared multiple photos of their experiences along the way, including a few that bothered the original poster.

"There are some really weird pictures," she wrote. "Most notably, one of the pictures show[s] my boyfriend's sister kissing him on the cheek and some other photos show her with her arm around his neck."

"I feel like many may interpret them as a couple rather than a sister-brother relationship," she added.

After expressing her concern about the photos to her boyfriend, however, the original poster said he immediately disagreed and eventually snapped at her for reaction.

Couple argument over boyfriend's sister
Redditors called out one woman for her reaction to photos posted by her boyfriend and his sister. iStock / Getty Images Plus/DeanDrobot

"When my boyfriend got back yesterday, I got pissed at him and asked him about the photos," she wrote. "He said that I was being weird but I pressed...a couple times and he got pissed and called me a pervert."

"He hasn't called or texted me since," she added.

In some relationships, partners can feel threatened—or even jealous of their partner's siblings.

Due to longstanding sibling relationships and sometimes-unbreakable bonds between brothers and sisters (or brothers and brothers, sisters and sisters, etc.), romantic partners can become envious of a level of closeness they have yet to achieve, according to Psychology Today.

And while that initial envy can eventually be transformed into warmer feelings over time, or through common hobbies or interests with a partner's sibling[s], it can also create major rifts between family members.

"The partner, always in the sibling's ear, can wield a powerful influence and may use it against the family," Psychology Today reports. "Over time, even a subtle campaign can erode once-strong sibling relationships."

In severe cases, envious feelings can lead to abuse, especially when a partner is forced to choose between their relationship, and their family.

"Exerting pressure to sever family ties can be a dangerous sign of partner of spousal abuse," Psychology Today reports. "Gradually, the controlling partner weakens the other and, ultimately, even when someone comes to recognize what's happening to them, they may already feel isolated and unable to confide in anyone."

Although the original poster clarified that it "wasn't [her] right" to force her boyfriend and his sister to bring her along on their trip, commenters responding to the viral Reddit post labeled her reaction to their photos a product of jealousy, and questioned her motives for lashing out at her partner.

"A kiss on the cheek and an arm around [his] neck? Oh my god in my family we are all lovers then," Redditor u/Facu-Nahu wrote in a comment which has received more than 10,000 votes.

"[You're the a**hole] and if I was him, I would seriously have a talk and re-evaluate the relationship," they added.

Redditor u/casualselfhatred, whose comment has received more than 6,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.

"Why are you sexualizing this? Like your family has never kissed you on the cheek," they wrote.

"They were having a good time, and you let your jealousy get the better of you," they added.

In a separate comment, which has received more than 2,000 votes, Redditor u/AMobOfDucks also said that the original poster acted out of jealousy.
"[You're the a**hole]," they wrote. "They're brother and sister. Not friend, not exes."

"Some families show affection a bit more than others but it means nothing," they added. "You're coming off as jealous and needing of reassurance."

Newsweek reached out to u/SubstantialHyena6800 for comment.