Former The Hills favourite Whitney Port is mum to a two-year-old boy named Sonny and she’s just taken to Instagram to highlight a recent experience with a judgemental follower and call for better behaviour.
The parent police strike again
Admitting she usually doesn’t respond to trolls, Whitney noted that this time she wasn’t going to let it slide because she was a) sick to death of unsolicited advice and, b) she figured she could lead a broader discussion about not-so-passive aggression.
“I know ignoring the trolls is usually the best policy,” she wrote, “but sometimes it can spark an important conversation.”
“It’s easy to recognise blatant bigotry, but sometimes the same, excuse my language, bullsh*t is hidden behind a thin veil of ‘advice’ or ‘just my opinion’.”
She explained that some of that ‘helpful’ advice had come her way in the form of a critique of her little boy’s appearance. Yep. Someone had a crack at a two-year-old. Via the two-year-old’s mother. Sigh.
“Someone thought warning me that Sonny ‘looked too much like a girl’ was something I should be concerned about,” she wrote incredulously.
“She probably thought she was trying to help,” she added.
Whitney’s not the only high profile parent faced with navigating the wrath of the parent police. Lots of other famous mums — people like Jennifer Hawkins, Pink, Chrissy Teigen, Khloé Kardashian and Hilary Duff — have dealt with trolling, often dressed up as ‘helpful advice’.
Whitney’s response to this latest episode of parent policing was to note that it’s up to all of us to teach our children not to pick on strangers.
“In the same way it is our responsibility to do our best to feed, clothe, educate, etc … we should also be raising good people, so the world doesn’t become completely populated by jerks,” she wrote.
She summed up with a reassuring message for her little boy and a reminder that everyone is unique and deserves acceptance.
“Sonny, if you ever read this one day, please remember to always be yourself no matter what anyone says. I love you.”
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I know ignoring the trolls is usually the best policy, but sometimes it can spark an important conversation. It's easy to recognize blatant bigotry, but sometimes the same, excuse my language, bullsh*t is hidden behind a thin veil of "advice" or "just my opinion." Someone thought warning me that Sonny "looked too much like a girl" was something I should be concerned about. She probably thought she was trying to help. In the same way it is our responsibility to do our best to feed, clothe, educate, etc…we should also be raising good people, so the world doesn't become completely populated by jerks. Sonny, if you ever read this one day, please remember to always be yourself no matter what anyone says. I love you. Oh yeah, did you hide my keys somewhere? Head to 🔗 in my bio to check out this full video! AND Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel 💕
“Here’s to raising good people!”
Whitney’s followers agreed wholeheartedly with this plea for more kindness and less judgement.
“YESSSSSS WHITNEY. Yes. Thank you. Sometimes we have to address the uncomfortable or rude comments to start to change the conversation,” one follower posted.
“My son has long hair, and people are continually putting their two cents in about his appearance, I often ignore it, but sometimes you need to correct people’s narrow point of view,” another wrote.
“You’re a thoughtful parent, and your son is loved. That’s all that matters. Here’s to raising good people!”