Viral video strengthened father, daughter relationship -


Remember the "Laptop Dad?"

Tommy Jordan learned his work ethic from his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Their carpentry and woodwork skills were all passed down to him.

"They all worked hard all their life. I hate to be bored," said Jordan, working on a wooden fence for a friend.

Jordan's teenaged daughter didn't quite share the same drive, especially for doing her chores. She made it known - ironically by using her own hands - and posting an explicit Facebook rant:

"If you want coffee get off your [expletive] and make it yourself," Jordan reads in the viral YouTube video reciting his daughter's Facebook post. "I have to do dishes, clean the countertops, all the floors, make all the beds, do the laundry and get the trash. I'm going to hate to see the day when you get too old to wipe your [expletive] and you call me asking for help. I won't be there."

The video ends with Jordan shooting nine bullets into his daughter's laptop computer.

"This right here is my .45," Jordan says while showing the gun to the camera.

He then points it toward the laptop on the ground before pulling the trigger.

Views of the video shot through the roof with more than 32 million people clicking on it, and also giving an endless supply of support and criticism.

"There's been like 10,000 online going, 'Oh my god you gun-toting, hillbilly, uneducated, redneck, child abusing...," Jordan said after the fact. "Then there's everything from, 'Tommy for president,' 'Tommy's my hero,' 'Tommy you're a great dad.' (The video) is 8:23 of my life. You don't know if I'm a good dad or not based on that. [. . .] It was an eight-minute glimpse into one person's life at a fairly emotional moment."

But that eight-minute glimpse changed the Jordan family's life in many ways.

"It put my family through a lot of stress," Tommy Jordan said. "A lot of people are under the impression I'm mad that my daughter thought she had to do chores. I couldn't care less if she's mad about that. If kids enjoyed doing it, it would be called a hobby. What I cared about was the language she used. That hurt. My kid is better than that, you know?"

Of course, some naysayers said that Jordan's daughter must have heard such language at home.

"That bothers me, and I can say 'No, she's not' all day long. It doesn't matter," Jordan replied. "People are going to believe what they want to."

Jordan's daughter, Hannah, said the night she posted her rant it actually was an accident.

"I didn't mean to post it, but my battery died after I did. So I couldn't take it back," she explained. "I was going to hit backspace, but then I hit enter and my computer died like at that same moment. I was just mad because we never talked about...I never felt like talking about it."

What people don't know is 15-year-old Hannah has lived with her biological mother full-time until last summer, when she moved in with her dad. So seeing each other every day meant father and daughter had to learn how to communicate.

"Contrary to what a lot of folks believe, my daughter and I communicate a lot more now than we used to," said Tommy Jordan. "We get along better. We're talking things out more instead of bottling things up. I'm trying to be proactive about trying to suck information out of her when I think something is on her mind. As opposed to her going, 'Well nothing's wrong.' Okay well I know you're lying; something's wrong. Usually I go, 'If you don't want to talk about it, fine.' But now I'm making the extra effort to find out exactly what it is."

Hannah agreed and added her own advice: "Talk about it more. Don't just keep it to yourself. Talk about your problems."

And, she added with a smile, do your chores.

"The 'I'm going to keep giving you things' days are done. They're not kind of done. They're done," Tommy is heard saying in the video. "You are almost 16 years old. In two years, you're going to have to be a fully functioning adult that pays your own bills and can get yourself through college and has to understand what a rent pay is, a light bill is. Probably a credit card payment and a car payment and an insurance payment."

It may sound harsh to some, but Tommy Jordan said he has no regrets.

"I really don't," he said. "I think my daughter learned a lesson she needed to learn. I think I learned some things from it. I think we as a family learned some things from it. So we all learned a lesson."

A lesson millions watched and probably learned from, too.

Jordan said among the misconceptions people have about him is that he sits around all day and doesn't have a job. He runs his own IT business and also wrote a book on IT before this controversy exploded.

He said, to date, he still gets a couple hundreds messages daily on Facebook about the video from people around the world. 

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