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Daddy, is an internet slang term of affection used to address a male authority figure or idol in a sexualized manner. Despite its root in the proper definition of the word, as in one's biological father, in online conversations, "daddy" is exclusively said as a term of endearment in romantic relationships and male celebrity fandom.


The earliest known use of "daddy" in nonfamilial and sexual context can be attributed to the term "sugar daddy," a man who spends money for the benefit of a relationship with an often younger sexual partner, which has been documented in publications since as early as the 1920s, according to Google Ngram Viewer. The colloquialization of "sugar daddy" accelerated with the sexual liberation of the 1970s, while the emergence of leather fashion, LGBT movement and BDSM subculture gave rise to the term "leather daddy," which describe the leather-clad older male who assumes the dominant role in a sadomasochistic relationship. In the early 1990s, the term "pimp daddy" came into popular usage with the rising popularity of hip hop music centered around pimp culture.

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Online Usage

Beginning in the early 2010s, "daddy" became a popular slang expression among teenagers to refer to or describe their male celebrity crushes on social media platforms, not dissimilar to the usage of waifu among anime fans and otakus, soon giving rise to the derivative catchphrase "daddy af" that cuaght on with fans of popular boy bands, namely the members of 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction.

Daddy af A term mostly used for Ashton Irwin, Liam Payne, or Louis Tomlinson. "Ugh Ashton Irwin is so hot!" "Yeah he is daddy af" #ashton irwin #liam payne #louis tomlinson #5sos fam #one direction


On June 14th, 2013, New York Magazine ran an article titled "Rise of the ‘Daddies’: A New (and Sexy) Gay Niche," which detailed a brief history of sexualization of "daddy," as well its evolution in terms of gay taxonomy. In November 2014, the usage came under mainstream attention after New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde tweeted "mom" in response to Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine Cover, which stirred up a brief moment of confusion before she clarified what she had meanted in a blog post on Tumblr.[7]

Kim Kardashian West @KimKardashian-11 Nov 2014 · #BreakTheInternet 3.1K 4.2K Lorde @lorde “@KimKardashian: #BreakTheInternet" mom RETWEETS LIKES 2:19 AM-12 Nov 2014

On November 19th, BuzzFeed picked up on the phenomenon in an article titled "Teens Are Now Referring To Their Favorite Celebrities As 'Mom.'"[15] On March 23rd, 2016, GQ Magazine ranked eight celebrities and public figures by the count of tweets calling them "daddy" on Twitter, with then-member of One Direction Zayn Malik topping the list with over 9,900 mentions.

Trump Supporters

On Reddit[13] and elsewhere, the term has been also used by alt-right supporters of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, most notably conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos.


On August 20th, 2016, Shanley Kane went on a serial tweet rant denouncing casual, everyday use of "daddy" as making light of Freudian pscyhosexual complexes, as well as cultural appropriation of the LGBT community and BDSM subculture. As Kane's rant devolved into a heated exchange on the issue of cultural appropriation, many of those who disagreed with her argument began using the word "daddy" in tweets. By the next day, screenshots of Shanley Kane's now-deleted tweets on "daddy" had been picked up by Gizmodo[12], Washington Post[10] and Esquire.[11]

Shanley @shanley "Daddy" came from queer leather folk and y'all vanilla ass bitches out here are like "yes Daddy" while you have monogamous missionary se)x 50m Shanley @shanley Justin Bieber will never be "daddy AF". Get off Instagram 34m 다 18 Shanley @shanley And yes to you ladies who think it's cute to put "Daddy" as your SN. women are actually daddy too. thats d--- leather subculture you ass. 32m Shanley @shanley Actual queer leather people who do Daddy in BDSM subculture get treated like freaks and losers and it's a cute f------ screen name for vou 45m Shanley @shanley you are out here being disrespectful and ahistorical trash. "Daddy" has deep f------ roots in places you have no f------ clue about. 30m Shanley @shanley Your man finally figured out how to use whipped cream in the bedroom, that doesn't make it Daddy. You're a long way from whippets & sodomy. 41m 6 Shanley @shanley live long enough to see marginalized queer sexual subculture go mainstream in memes about cis het boy bands 29m Shanley @shanley Calm down cupcake. Enjoy heterosexual oral sex and stay away from s--- you don't understand 38m

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