Mom-shaming a celeb? Whaaaat? That would never happen (sarcasm, fully implied). As if it’s not tough enough being a new mama, add in the celebrity factor and it seems like some of these parents have a pretty good cause for losing their patience with the Insta-trolls out there. Julia Stiles is the latest in the seemingly endless stream of celebrity parents to face mom-shaming online.
Stiles and her husband Preston Cook became parents to baby boy Strummer Newcomb Cook on October 20. It only took about five weeks, but like plenty of other actresses, models and other celeb mommies who have come before her, Stiles’ seemingly sweet IG post was met with criticism.
The actress posted a pic of herself wearing baby Strummer in a Tula front-pack carrier. In the photo her baby boy is cute, cuddly and all tucked in to the carrier, facing Julia’s chest. While the new mama got plenty of positive comments, such as, “You are stunning!” and, “You go girl,” she also got some…not-so-nice responses. Some followers commented that she had positioned Strummer incorrectly.
Even though the mom-shamers got their fair share of the IG spotlight, plenty of Stiles’ fans came to the actress’s rescue. One commenter wrote, “It’s shocking to me that anyone would post mean comments — after seeing this photo. All I see is a happy mom & her adorable new baby.”
Then, there was Julia’s replay. Stiles posted a follow-up, writing, “It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn’t expect that.” Of Strummer’s supposed improper positioning, Stiles had to say, “I was trying to keep much of my son’s image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around.”
It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn't expect that. What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like, suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That's the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from "Little Shop of Horrors". I was trying to keep much of my son's image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway. Yes, Mothers, always read the safety instructions. But also, Instagrammers: instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It's way more fun.
Stiles ended the post by saying, “Instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It’s way more fun.”
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