When Pink posted a cute photo of her almost two-year-old son Jameson, she was expecting the parent shamers to show up … and they DID. Sigh.
“Help me Instagram”
“Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you,” Pink captioned the shot of Jameson – who will turn two next week – covered in chocolate. Perhaps Pink was in the mood for a stoush or perhaps she was simply resigned to her usual fate at the hands of some social media critics. It’s hard to know.
What we do know is that her call-out asking the parents of Instagram to pipe-up was answered by a particularly opinionated fan. This person was super keen to check in with Pink and tell her that hubby Carey Hart was falling way short in the parenting department.
“Sarcasm I love as I am too,” the ‘fan’ asserted under Pink’s chocolate-y shot of Jameson, “but with your husband being in the spotlight so often with his complete lack of regard for proper care or concern at times with your kids, this comment isn’t funny, albeit Jameson is adorable.”
“I love your music,” the follower continued in her garbled rant, “your kids are beautiful but your husband, I’m sorry, lacks the responsibility your kids need in his care. I know, hit your fave button. I’ll miss your posts.”
Uhhhhm. Wait. What?
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“Are you a perfect parent?”
Understandably Pink was not about to let these allegations go unanswered, responding at length to this person’s hurtful commentary.
“You sound well informed on the performance of my husband as a father,” Pink wrote back.
“Answer me this: how often have you watched him parent? Do you know my children? Are you aware of their development? Even better: what are your credentials in parenting expertise? Are you a perfect parent? Sh*t, are you even a parent? A psychologist? A teacher?”
“These are bold statements from a social media spectator. I won’t even unfollow you. It’s not worth the trouble. You sound like a person that could learn something by looking at all of this,” Pink continued.
“God bless your perfect path. I have no interest in that myself. However, do check in from time to time to let us all know what other teachings you may have for us, oh perfect f**king stranger.”
Feel. The. Burn.
Time to turn comments off?
It’s the latest episode in what is now an epidemic for parents in the public eye – being shamed – as platforms which allow famous people and their followers to connect in real time also foster the sort of rudeness and malice that nobody really needs in their life. Sigh.
We’re not sure what lessons we can learn as stars like Pink, Chrissy Teigen and Khloé Kardashian feel they need to defend their parenting in a public forum, because we know for certain that snarky types on social media will never stop delighting in shaming other parents.
Perhaps ‘comments turned off’ is the future of these platforms? We’re not hating that idea, for the sake of a kinder vibe for all.