Stepmom Dragged for Wanting To Force Stepdaughter To Go to SeaWorld

The internet has dragged a mother for wanting to force her stepdaughter to go to SeaWorld.

Published to Reddit's infamous "AmITheA**hole" forum, a man under the username u/spider_cj took his story to the "AITA" community to see if he was in the wrong for not making his daughter go to SeaWorld with them. The viral post has over 10,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

The Redditor explains that he has a 15-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and now has two young sons with his wife. They had planned a vacation to Florida next month and they explained to the Redditor's daughter that they were planning on going to SeaWorld.

She refused, stating that she will stay in the hotel room, which made the original poster's (OP) wife angry.

Dolphin in the ocean
A Redditor took to their story to the "AmITheA**hole" forum to see if they were in the wrong for not forcing his daughter to go to SeaWorld. jimfeng/iStock / Getty Images Plus

"My daughter explained she isn't a fan of seeing animals contained in a tiny space? But if you guys want to that's on you. My daughter has always loved animals especially marine life. So I wasn't surprise I know shes watched documentaries on sea world," he said.

Many people believe that animals being shown off in SeaWorld don't deserve to be there. Actor Eric Balfour teamed up with PETA to explain how dolphins and whales are "imprisoned" at SeaWorld.

"We want our kids to love and enjoy and embrace the oceans and all of the amazing creatures that are in it. Let 'em just see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat," Balfour said.

The Redditor's wife was upset at his daughter's refusal to go with them. She stated that she needed to go with them and that she deserves an apology. He insisted that he wasn't going to force his daughter to go to SeaWorld and had the idea that she could take the two boys and he could stay with his daughter admitting that he's "not a big fan of SeaWorld anyways."

"She said she can't believe me, and I'm raising someone entitled and I'm being a AH. And that's not right I'm willing to stay with my daughter then be with 'my real family,' I just told her my daughter has been in my life longer then her and our sons and we've barely talked since then but she still thinks I'm the AH in this situation," he concluded.

Redditors were quick to defend the OP's decision to not force her daughter on the family outing.

"Your daughter is uncomfortable with a planned outing, 15 it's old enough to stay in a hotel room alone if you think she's responsible enough (do check ins). It's weird to think she should apologize for that. Implying that your daughter isn't your real family is beyond appalling, though," u/rak1882 received the top comment with over 18,000 upvotes.

U/Zeshui0 commented, "Your daughter is old enough to stay in a room by herself and old enough to have her own opinions. Sounds like your wife is trying to be unnecessarily controlling on certain issues. If she's clearly going to be upset by going to this, then I don't know why your wife is insisting. Unless she's PO'd about having her authority questioned."

U/mm172 wrote, "NTA. Your daughter is politely taking a principled stand based on her own research and careful thought. That's something you should be encouraging, and your wife needs to realize that demanding people be grateful for things they have valid reasons not to want is never going to end well."

"NTA! 'Your REAL family?!' What an awful thing to think, let alone say. When people tell you who they are, believe them. Forced apologies are worthless and your daughter didn't do anything to apologize for," u/flaky_burnt exclaimed.

Newsweek reached out to u/spider_cj for comment.