Jessie James Decker, The Rock, Pink lead Hollywood families fighting back against parenting police
Kourtney Kardashian, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Johnson and Alicia Silverstone have each disavowed harsh words said about their families and parenting choices.
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Parent shaming isn't a new trend, but with social media access, celebrities have had to defend their families from online trolls scanning their platforms.
Jessie James Decker is one of the latest stars to take a stance against negative commentary made by strangers on the internet after she was accused of altering images of her kids to make them look like they had muscular physiques.
The country singer isn't the only A-list figure to respond to critiques from the parenting police, and joins Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kourtney Kardashian, Pink, and a host of Hollywood heroes who will stop at nothing to protect their people.
When Decker, 34, shared a photo on Instagram of her three children with former NFL wide receiver husband Eric Decker — Vivianne, 8, Eric Jr., 7, and Forrest, 4 — playing in the sun while on Thanksgiving break in Mexico, a few users said she had used "an app" to make her kids appear as though they had defined abdominal muscles.
"Being accused of photoshopping abs on my kids (I can’t help but laugh) or … the polar opposite over ‘overtraining’ our kids makes me realize how bizarre our world has gotten regarding the body and what’s normal and what’s not," she captioned a video addressing the "bonkers" situation.
"We preach about body positivity and acceptance but my kids having a mass amount of genetic and built muscle from athletics is 'weird'? I want to raise my kids to feel proud of their bodies and hard work from either Vivis elite competitive gymnastics to Eric Jr wanting to be like dad as an NFL receiver to little Forrest who spends hours dancing his heart out," she wrote.
Pink has been attacked online for her parenting choices numerous times, but refuses to bow down to what she calls "keyboard warriors."
After receiving hate on innocent posts through the years, she often uses her platform to troll mom-shamers.
"Here’s a picture of my child running through water. It wasn’t even filtered. What a waste of water," the singer captioned a snap shared on Instagram. "And no helmet? I hope she had sunscreen. If she slips and falls she may be traumatized for life. And her mother wasn’t even there. I was..... gasp.... working!!!! In another country!" She finished her post with, "#f---theparentingpolice."
Alicia Silverstone admitted on The Ellen Fisher podcast earlier this year that she still co-sleeps with her 11-year-old son, Bear, much to the dismay of mom-shamers.
"I’m a natural mama, and I’m a loving mama. I believe in love, I believe in nature, and our society is scared of nature and love," Silverstone said of her alternative parenting style. She raises her son with ex-husband Christopher Jarecki.
"The things I’m doing I’m not inventing. I didn’t invent any of it. It’s just me following nature. Bear and I still sleep together. If you were in any kind of wild setting where there are animals if you put your baby over there, your baby is going to get eaten, so it’s not ideal for your baby to be over there."