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Dad cheers when son picks an Ariel doll: 'I let my boys choose their life'

Who says boys don't want to play with girl dolls?
/ Source: TODAY

A story with a surprise ending all began when little Azai Willis received two identical gifts for his 4th birthday. Dad Mikki took his son to the store to exchange one, and Azai decided he wanted his new toy to be ... an Ariel doll.

Dad's reaction? Priceless.

As shown in this video, which film production company CEO Willis posted on his Facebook page Friday and which has since been viewed over 14 million times, dad couldn't have been prouder.

"Now, how do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this?" Willis asks the camera.

"Yeah!" shouts Azai.

"Yeah!" echoes Dad. "That's how I feel. ... I let my boys choose their life. ... We say, 'Yeah! Choose it!' ... You have my promise forever to love and accept you no matter what life you choose."

Mikki and Azai Willis with Ariel.Mikki Willis / Facebook

You may want to turn down your speakers after that, as there is much happy screaming from Azai. This also may happen in your own home after you watch it.

Later, Willis reposted the video and commented on the reactions he's gotten from it.

"People are asking me, how did you feel the moment Azai chose that doll?'" he wrote. "The honest answer is, it didn't surprise me at all. Azai is equally fascinated by princesses and robots. One moment he's all boy, the next he's expressing a softer, more angelic side."

Actually, he noted that as a father he did have a reaction: He thought that collection Ariel was a part of in the toy store was not very diverse. "I had to resist my urge to say, 'Why don't we chose a more realistic doll,'" he continued. "I don't want my boys to adapt to the programming that ... women should be built like a Barbie."

But Azai was insistent, so Dad let him make the choice.

"My job as daddy is to provide a safe playing field for my boys to play whatever game they choose, or better yet, create their own game," he wrote. "I trust that by the time they realize the world isn't as accepting as mommy and daddy they'll have such a solid foundation that nothing will shake their stance to fully, and unabashedly be themselves."

Go dad, and go Azai!

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