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A 20-Year-Old Clapped Back At Her Brother’s "Deadbeat Dad" After He Called A Princess Peach Cake "Wrong"

People are also applauding the mother of the family for defending her daughter's decision to call him out.

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Aniston told BuzzFeed News her little brother is obsessed with Super Mario characters. Last year, they bought him a Mario and Luigi–themed cake for his birthday. This year, the almost-4-year-old requested a Princess Peach cake.

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The kids' mom, Shawna, was "thrilled" about the request and shared the cake design on her Facebook. But soon after, Barrett's dad — who both Shawna and Aniston described as a "deadbeat" who's "never been around"— commented on the cake, displeased. "That's just wrong!" Barrett's dad wrote.

Shawna

Shawna told BuzzFeed News she was out with her daughter when they saw Barrett's dad's Facebook response. She then watched her daughter quickly get on her phone to type a response, but she expected as much.

"I knew it was going to happen — she really doesn’t keep her mouth shut about anything, especially about Barrett," she said.

Garrett promptly responded to her brother's dad's comment. "I'm pretty sure judging a 4-year-old's interests while simultaneously being an uninvolved parent is more wrong than a little kid liking Princess Peach," she wrote.

Aniston Garrett

"It was very annoying honestly," Aniston said. "He's not involved at all and has never been there for milestones like [Barrett's] first steps and first words, birthdays, holidays, etc.

"He doesn't pay for anything and never has."

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Barrett's dad for comment.

Shawna said several hours after her daughter posted her response, she got a text from Barrett's dad. He said if Aniston continues to "talk shit" about him, he'll ignore and unfriend Shawna.

Evidently irked by the text, she sent a lengthy response explaining to him all the reasons why she believes her daughter has "every right" to defend her younger brother against him.

"Who was there when Barrett was born (even though I cried and begged you)? Who cut his umbilical cord?" she wrote back. "Who was at his first birthday party when I begged you again but you chose to go fishing with your girlfriend? Who has babysat him when I need to run errands?"

"She does. She gets an opinion. She's been there," Shawna concluded. She then unfriended him on social media. She told BuzzFeed News Barrett's dad eventually texted back saying he won't text her again, and thanked her "for making it easier" to cut ties and unfriend each other on Facebook.

Shawna

Shawna said this response further upset her. And she felt he used her daughter's Facebook response as another reason to remain uninvolved in his son's life.

"He was never around. That’s what made me mad," Shawna said. "Just 'cause she said something he wants to back out."

Aniston decided to share the entire drama over a Princess Peach cake with other people. On Wednesday, she tweeted about her gripes — including her mother's texts to Barrett's dad. A lot of people were blown away by both Aniston and Shawna, and their relationship.

@anistonsux both you and your mother are amazing

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@Whuttheefff @STRGG_ @SuneelGurpur @anistonsux you're so incredibly sweet 😭💜bless your heart. You guys are so lovely I can't stop smiling

People are recognizing the importance for little Barrett of "having two loving, positive influences in his life."

@anistonsux ugh. BUT it's lovely to know instead of having someone so toxic he has 2 loving positive influences in his life in u and ur mom✨

And relating to the two women.

@anistonsux i can relate to this shit on quite a few levels, bless you for calling it out

Many people simply wanted to give a standing ovation to the multi-layered dragging from both the mom and daughter.

And some reiterated the point that there is nothing wrong with a little boy wanting a Princess Peach–themed cake for his birthday.

@anistonsux I'm 20 and I have the same Princess Peach in my room

"The outpouring of love and acceptance is awesome," Shawna said. "His own biological father might have issues with what my son's interests are, but there are thousands that do support him."

@anistonsux @prozdkp Real talk, no matter what gender or age you are, there ain't nothing wrong with a Princess Peach cake.

"I don’t gender anything in the house. He has dolls — children don’t know anything different," she added. "He’s having one hell of a birthday party. It’s going to be pink and yellow everywhere."

Aniston

Aniston said that Barrett's birthday party is on Saturday, but he has not stopped asking about it all week.

"He asks about his cake and party about every 20 minutes," she said.

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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