Instagram can be a whole lot of fun and provide seemingly endless inspiration and entertainment.
If you are a famous type, it’s also a brilliant platform to promote your work and stay in touch with your fan base on.
But that direct line to the people who love and support your work is also a direct line to those that feel and do the exact opposite. The trolls and critics. And they’re just as vocal – sometimes moreso – than the more supportive types.
Mum-of-two Pink knows this only too well. She’s been a frequent target of the parent police, so much so that she and her husband Carey Hart often address them front-and-centre in their updates.
In fact, Pink’s been keeping her kids off social media as much as possible since the recent Willygate incident focused on her son Jameson resulted in an onslaught of criticism and nastiness.
Earlier today, perhaps feeling a little annoyed that she can’t share her family’s adventures anymore, she popped up with a weary sucker punch aimed in the parent police’s direction.
“Here’s a picture of my child running through water,” Pink posted.
“It wasn’t even filtered. What a waste of water. And no helmet? I hope she had sunscreen. If she slips and falls she may be traumatized for life,” she continued sarcastically.
“Her mother wasn’t even there. I was … gasp … working!!!! In another country!”
Pink then urged those who were keen to provide unsolicited advice and monitor her parenting to simply unfollow her.
Enough is enough
She served up several final jabs for them in a series of frustrated hashtags addressing how much of the joy has been taken out of Instagram by the constant criticism.
This sort of parent-shaming Pink jokingly included in her update is now sadly part of the job for famous types, but it’s also something that – to a lesser degree – regular parents experience on social media.
The message for the nay-sayers is loud and clear. Why not unfollow the people who don’t comply with your own high parenting standards and save everyone from a giant dose of negativity?
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