'Pathetic' Grandfather Slammed for 'Bullying' 16-Year-Old Granddaughter

A 21-year-old man named Ryder received online praise for defending his teen sister against their "bully" grandfather.

Posting in Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" forum under the username u/AITA_cloth35, Ryder's mother said her father-in-law made an unkind comment about her 16-year-old daughter, Juliette. In retaliation, Ryder called his grandfather "pathetic."

The post has garnered more than 7,600 upvotes and over 540 comments from Redditors who slammed the grandfather for "bullying" Juliette.

In her post, u/AITA_cloth35 explained that Juliette is in the process of "discovering" her style.

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A 21-year-old man received praise for defending his teen sister against their "bully" grandfather. The grandfather said the teen looked "awful" at a family birthday party. Ljupco/istock

"She's always mixing patterns, colors, prints and textures, pants under skirts, dresses as cardigans, big earrings and necklaces, etc sometimes it does feel too much, but that's just fashion isn't it? She seems happy and we don't think is fair to call her outfits ugly when she's just having fun and experimenting," u/AITA_cloth35 wrote.

Ryder fully supports his sister, so much so that he bought her a sewing machine so she could make her own clothes.

"Yesterday was Ryder's 21st birthday and we decided to have a small party just with family," u/AITA_cloth35 said. "Juli asked Ryder what his 'theme' was so she could dress accordingly, but he said she could dress however she wanted and I swear you could see Juli's eye sparkling, she ended up wearing a weird combination but [she] looked happy and Ryder said she looked pretty."

But not everyone was impressed by Juliette's outfit. Shortly after arriving at the party, the kids' grandfather said Juliette looked "awful," and suggested she change into "normal clothes."

The comment made Juliette cry, so Ryder quipped back: "A 70-year-old man bullying a 16-year-old is pathetic."

Upset, Ryder's grandfather demanded that his parents "punish" him, but his parents "refused."

According to Parents Magazine, teens "use their wardrobe to explore parts of their identity that they're still discovering." With that in mind, the magazine advised parents to allow their teenagers the freedom to experiment with their looks and reminded them to be "gentle" when discussing their fashion choices.

"Be gentle with your teen when talking about their clothing choices—figuring out their look can be a personal process and it's easy for them to misinterpret guidance for criticism," the magazine said, adding that parents' "support and encouragement can make all the difference" to a teenager on their journey of self-discovery.

Redditors slammed Ryder and Juliette's grandfather for his remark about Juliette's clothes and praised Ryder for jumping to his sister's defense.

"NTA. Shame on your FIL. It sounds like you're doing everything right to me & your kids sound wonderful. Keep doing what you're doing!" exclaimed u/missangel21.

"NTA. A grown man tried to bully a 16-year-old girl and got his a** handed to him by another grown man, and now the bully wants you to ground an adult? The f**k? Get another cake for your kids to share that says 'you're both awesome cuz you're you' and have a little party together without the bully there to ruin it this time," said u/StrangePenguin7.

"NTA. Punish him for what? Standing up for his sister? Oh hell no! There are so many estranged siblings on these pages. It's positively delightful to read of such a supportive relationship. To hell with FIL!" added u/deathofumanchu.

Newsweek reached out to u/AITA_cloth35 for comment.

Other AITA posters to go viral include a woman who left her fiancé stranded at the mall, a mother refusing to help raise her daughter's child and a woman who charges her friends a "designated driver tax."