When you’re a parent, strangers scrutinize everything you do. Whether it’s a random old lady at Target asking where your baby’s socks are when it’s 80 degrees outside, or a nosy checker at the grocery store who lets you know they’d never let their child eat the sugary cereal you’re buying, people love to find new reasons to judge other parents.
For parents in the public eye, the attention is even more intense. Every choice a celebrity parent makes ends up trending on Facebook or starting an online debate. For some reason, our society feels totally comfortable trashing famous moms and dads over the most innocuous things. Yesterday, it was Hilary Duff who brought all the sanctimommies to the yard.
In a stinging Instagram post, Hilary Duff clapped back at fans who shamed her for kissing her son on the lips.
Earlier this week, Duff took her 4-year-old son, Luca, to Disneyland and shared a couple photos from their day on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. In one, her son is smiling and has his arms around two friends. In another, Duff and Luca are giving each other a peck on the mouth outside the “It’s A Small World” ride.
In the photo’s caption, Duff called Disney the “happiest happiest happiest happiest happiest happiest happiest happiest place on earth!” Unfortunately, it only took fans a few hours to stick a pin in her happiness bubble.
Within hours, dozens of haters showed up to tell Duff kissing her son on the lips is “sick” and “inappropriate.”
The Instagram comments were equally as salty, with people calling the picture “perverted,” “wrong,” and even accusing Duff of “making out” with her child.
The negative comments got so out of hand, Duff decided she had to respond.
She fired back by posting a screenshot of an iPhone note that said, “For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my 4-year-old is ‘inappropriate,’ go ahead and click a quick unfollow with your warped minds and judgment.”
This isn’t the first time people have gotten their panties in a twist over a celeb mom kissing her baby.
Last year, it was Victoria Beckham who got called “perverted” and “gross” after kissing her toddler daughter, Harper. Apparently sexualizing photos of parents kissing their kids is some kind of twisted new American tradition.
For the record, there’s nothing wrong with this photo, or with other parents giving their kids a peck on the mouth. Showing affection to our kids is usually considered an important step on the road to not raising a psychopath, and it’s not something that should give us the collective heebie jeebies. If people are truly creeped out by a mom kissing her little boy at Disneyland, maybe they’re the ones with a problem.