Social media gives everyone a place to share his or her opinion publicly — including judgmental parent-shamers, who often target celebrities. Pink, for example, was mommy-shamed in July 2017 by critics who declared her actions dangerous after she posted an Instagram photo of herself cooking vegetables with son Jameson strapped in a carrier on her chest and daughter Willow kneeling on the kitchen counter. In April 2019 following several more parent-shaming incidents in which online trolls went after both the singer and husband Carey Hart — including in March 2019 when some commenters got upset that she posted a pic of Jameson on vacation minus his swim diaper — she revealed that she's no longer planning to share snapshots of her kids on social media. "People went as far as saying someone should call child services because he didn't have a diaper on and how dare I … just some of the nastiest things," she told talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. "I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. I'm prouder of my kids than anything I've done in my whole life." Read on to see more celebs who've been parent-shamed online…
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Model Chrissy Teigen has been mommy-shamed on multiple occasions. In April 2016, social media haters came at her for going out to dinner with husband John Legend when daughter Luna was 1 week old instead of staying home with her child. She tweeted back, "I went to dinner. People are pissed. Good morning!" In March 2017, Chrissy clapped back at haters who were concerned about how her daughter was dressed. She wrote on Twitter, "Imagine being this miserable. We are fine, thanks." Chrissy was criticized yet again while holding son Miles in July 2018, with one Instagram user commenting, "He doesn't look to[o] happy with the sun in his eyes." The model hit the hater with another zinger, replying, "He told me he loves it."
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Gabrielle Union addressed her critics in December 2018 after she posted an Instagram video in which she kissed her 1-month-old daughter on the lips. She took to the comments to defend herself: "Hey guys I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing, I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don't even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her. If you think I waited this long and went thru all this to put my baby in harm's way … you got another thing coming." Before welcoming daughter Kaavia with Dwyane Wade via surrogacy, Gabrielle was open about her struggles to conceive.
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Khloe Kardashian is no stranger to taking hits on social media, but when it comes to her daughter, True Thompson, she won't take it. In January 2019, Khloe posted a close-up photo of her long red nails, which seemed innocuous enough. However, fans were quick to question how she could care for her daughter or even change her diaper with such long nails. She responded quickly on Twitter, writing, "It's annoying when people talk about my nails. Trust me, I manage just fine. The same way I take care of myself, I take care of my baby. "
Like his wife, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend has also faced his share of parent-shaming. When the musician posted an Instagram snap of himself carrying his daughter, Luna, in February 2018, one critic commented, "So tired of seeing them carrying her. She needs no legs then." John never replied but did address parenting judgements in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight." "Yeah, it was hilarious. People, you know, I think people kind of, they see one photo and they want to make judgments about how people live their life and I think the best advice for all of us is, let parents be parents and don't criticize on what you see on social media," he said.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was on the receiving end of social media criticism after she posted a photo of her family at Disneyland in March 2019. The problem? Some of the reality TV star's followers shamed her for having her 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter in a stroller. Never one to hold her tongue, Snooki responded, "They walk! But in large crowds I prefer they sit their a–es down. Saves me the stress of not losing my offspring."
Ciara got mommy-shamed in July 2017 after taking 3-month-old daughter Sienna Wilson on a toboggan ride at the Great Wall of China. The backlash came after the singer posted an Instagram video of herself riding in the cart — with one hand on the brake — with her daughter strapped to her chest. One commenter called her a "bad mother."
Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Kerr, came under fire when they decided to take a vacation a few months after the December 2017 birth of their son, Memphis, and left the tot at home while they enjoyed some down time. Brittany responded to their critics on Instagram in March 2018, writing, "Just a word of wisdom for all the parent shamers… vacations are ok for new parents to take. Sometimes after being pregnant for almost a year, cooped up in a house for weeks at a time, you need a little sunshine and adult time. If you don't agree with something, please… do me a favor and unfollow me. You will not be missed."
Ryan Reynolds came under fire from Instagram followers in June 2015 after his wife, Blake Lively, uploaded an image of the actor wearing their daughter, James, in a carrier on his chest in what was some said was the wrong position. "Poor baby looks so uncomfortable and unsafe," one commenter wrote. Ryan later hit back during an appearance on the "Today" show, saying, "I'm a first-time dad and that is not the first mistake I've made and I can guarantee it won't be the last."
When Mariah Carey posted a super-cute Instagram photo of herself and "Dem babies" enjoying a movie night at home, critics were quick to condemn son Moroccan Cannon's use of a pacifier. Many commented on the 2016 photo to tell the singer that she should be ashamed about her son's lengthy use of the pacifier (he was nearly 5 at the time) and called her lazy for failing to wean him off it.
New dad John Stamos was ripped apart when he shared an adorable Instagram picture of himself holding his 4-month-old son, Billy, in a baby carrier while walking in Times Square. Critics bombarded the actor, who posted the snapshot in July 2018, with comments about the forward-facing position of his son and protecting the baby's ears from all the New York City noise.
The hateful comments poured in when Megan Fox posted an Instagram photo of her son, Noah, rocking an Elsa "Frozen" dress in July 2017. Commenters attacked the actress for allowing her then-5-year-old son to wear a dress and the debate about gender norms took off. We think little Noah looked adorable!
Haters jumped down Kelly Clarkson's throat for allowing her then-2-year-old daughter, River Blackstock, to eat Nutella (seriously, guys?). The singer shared an Instagram video of her adorable toddler trying the spread for the first time in April 2017 and people were quick to point out the potentially "harmful" ingredients in Nutella — even claiming it was tantamount to child abuse!
Behati Prinsloo came under fire from internet trolls after she posted a photo of herself pumping breast milk at Coachella with the caption, "More like cowchella lol, Jamiroquai was sooooo worth the pump and dump." Fans were not happy. "Disgusting… what kind of mom pumps and dumps?? Just so you can drink?? Gross… get a life!" wrote one critic. Others wrote a lot of the same, but the model, who's married to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, didn't let it get her down.
Kourtney Kardashian was mommy-shamed after sharing an image of herself and daughter Penelope Disick on Instagram in 2017 with the caption, "Our Oscar Sunday. Yes, that's a lip ring. Thanks @kimkardashian." Any reasonable person would have realized it was a clip-on, just like auntie Kim has worn, but plenty of commenters went in on the mom of three anyway. A critic attacked the reality TV star again on Instagram in July 2018, questioning why Kourt left her three children at home while she was vacationing in Italy. She clapped back with the perfect response: "My son was taking the photo, and the other two were sitting [at] a table across from me. Thank you so much for your concern."
In a July 2016 Vanity Fair interview, Mila Kunis shared a tidbit about being mommy-shamed for breastfeeding in public. She said that she has received a slew of glares from people while nursing daughter Wyatt Kutcher. She rightly defended herself: "There were many times where I didn't bring a cover with me, and so I just did it in a restaurant, in the subway, in the park, at airports and in planes. Why did I do it in public? Because I had to feed my child. She's hungry."
Charlize Theron has been under intense scrutiny for years for allowing her oldest child, Jackson, to wear dresses and traditional girls clothing and hairstyles. Critics have slammed the actress, with one commenter even going so far as to say, "I feel like this b—- is doing some weird science/social experiment on this kid. Trying to do the whole nature vs. nurture thing like they did in the '60s — which failed. I don't like it at all." Charlize addressed her parenting in March 2018, saying, "We'll be driving in the car and I'll be like, 'You know you guys can be anything you want?' And they'll be like: 'Uh, we know, Mom.'" We're here for the unconditional support and love!
Kim Kardashian West is no stranger to online criticism. In July 2017, photos emerged of her daughter, North West, wearing what appeared to be a corset atop a slip dress and people went off about it. Kim struck back on Twitter with a post and video defending her daughter's look, writing, "I would never put my daughter in a corset! It's a dress I bought that is a cotton fabric that laces up & looks like a corset! Just decoration."
"Flip or Flop" star Christina El Moussa has received her fair share of social media-fueled shaming. In March 2017, users voiced disapproval over a photo Christina posted of her daughter, Taylor, with a group of friends playing in a hot tub as her son, Brayden, watched at the edge of the pool. People thought the children were way too close to the water and Christina replied back, "OMG 1. It's a beach entry if he fell in it's only a foot high, he would be ok 2. It's not his first time in or around the pool, but thanks for your 'concern' aka judgment 3. AND most importantly I am right there and could be to him in 3 seconds SMH at this …..!!!!"
First-time mom Julia Stiles was bombarded with mommy-shaming comments when she shared an Instagram photo of herself holding her son, Strummer, in a carrier. Critics attacked the actress for the position in which she was holding the baby and Julia clapped back with some words of her own: "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,'" she wrote. "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."
Reese Witherspoon might be a sweet Southern belle, but even she's not immune to parent-shaming. The "Big Little Lies" actress was bombarded with disapproving comments after sharing an Instagram pic of her son's breakfast — cinnamon rolls and apples — back in March 2015. Commentators argued that the meal wasn't healthy enough for her child.
Internet trolls went after Candice Swanepoel when she shared some Instagram snaps of herself on vacation a few weeks after giving birth to her second son, Ariel, in June 2018. The Victoria Secret Angel addressed the criticism in a message posted to her Instagram Stories: "This is me 12 days after having my son. If you have something bad to say about it… Check yourself. Society can be so cruel to one another. Beauty standards are sometimes impossible for women these days. I am not ashamed to show my post-partum tummy, I am proud actually. I carried my son for nine months in there, I think I've earned the right to have a little tummy. Ladies, we are all in this together, be kind to each other."
"Catfish" host Nev Schulman faced some major dad-shaming when he posted a Facebook video of his daughter, Cleo, in a diaper in June 2018. "I recently posted a video of my daughter. It's just a really cute, simple little video and one person commented 'Isn't she a little old to be in diapers? American parents don't potty train kids,'" Nev told Us Weekly. "It's crazy because she's only like 20 months, which is well-considered early!" Nev added that there was no need to defend himself because his supporters had his back. "I didn't even have to say anything," he shared.
Coco Austin is another victim of mommy-shaming on social media. She's been criticized for looking too sexy on Instagram with daughter Chanel Marrow and for dressing them both in matching outfits.
There's celebrity dad-shaming too! David Beckham was criticized in June 2017 after he posted an adorable Instagram photo of himself kissing his then-5-year-old daughter, Harper, on the lips. In the caption, he wrote, "Kiss for Daddy." Some commenters didn't like it, including one who wrote, "there's other ways to show your love for your kid and this is not the right way."
Kate Beckinsale's daughter is an adult, but that didn't stop people from mommy-shaming the actress when she shared an Instagram video of herself dancing and having fun with friends in June 2017. One critic wrote, "Go home and take care of your kids. Hehe!" to which Kate replied, "What's amazing is it is no longer the 18th century so now that my one child is grown I don't have to stay home (while she's out with her own friends) playing the pianoforte, getting consumption or trying to secure her a marriage. But thank you for the quaint blast from the past. Oh and I can vote now too! YAY." That's right, Kate!
Hilary Duff has been parent-shamed on more than one occasion. The "Younger" actress was labeled a "C-Minus Mother" by a tabloid after a photo emerged of her son, Luca Comrie, crying during a haircut. Hilary addressed the rude title while speaking at a Today Parenting Team event. "Everything I do feels judged or picked apart and the whole world gets to know about it," she said. The Disney alum also faced significant criticism when she posted an Instagram pic of herself kissing Luca on the lips at Disneyland in December 2016. One commenter called it "disgusting" and another called it "incest." Hillary clapped back with some words of her own: "For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my four year old is 'inappropriate' go ahead and click a quick unfollow with your warped minds and judgment." Now that Hils is pregnant with her second child, we're sure she's more prepared than ever to protect her tots from the backlash!
Kristin Cavallari was accused by some online commenters of starving her son, Camden Cutler, in July 2016 after she posted a photo on Instagram in which his spine was visible. "Yep, I starve my children. Just blocked the most people I've ever blocked in my entire life," Kristin responded to her haters in the comments section.
Even Beyonce has experienced mommy-shaming! In 2014, a petition was started on Change.org after a user targeted the singer for not taking "proper care" of daughter Blue Ivy Carter's hair.
In April 2016, Jenni "JWoww" Farley was criticized after she posted an Instagram photo of son Greyson at 2 months old in the pool with his father, Roger Mathews. One commenter said he was "too young" for the pool while others claimed she didn't put sunscreen on the infant, who was pictured wearing a hat.
Fashion mogul Jessica Simpson received major backlash when she posted an Instagram picture of daughter Maxwell Johnson in a swimsuit at a family barbecue in June 2017. Critics claimed the singer was "sexualizing" and "exploiting" her daughter and questioned Jessica's parenting skills. Jess eventually silenced the naysayers by deleting the photo altogether.
Like husband David Beckham, Victoria Beckham faced a wave of backlash after posting an Instagram photo of herself kissing daughter Harper on the lips back in July 2016. The fashionista never responded to the criticism but her loyal fans made sure to shower Victoria with support in the comments.
Alicia Silverstone has faced intense criticism for years for the way she choses to parent her son, Bear Jarecki. The "Clueless" alum was ripped apart for feeding Bear "bird style" — feeding him chewed food directly from her own mouth — when he was 10 months old. She also faced backlash for supporting "elimination communication," which argues that babies shouldn't wear diapers, and recommending the "orgasmic birth" experience to followers on her blog.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday snapped back at critics who chastised her after she announced her second pregnancy in April 2016. "Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating. As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I'm okay with that. What I've had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's okay to comment on my body: 'you don't look pregnant', 'you must be have quadruplets', 'you are putting your baby at risk' & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality," she wrote on Facebook. "When 'celebrities' are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off. While I've done my best to look as put together as possible, that's not real life, & it's not for most women. I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won't be the last. However I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size."