New mom Chrissy Teigen understands what many other moms have long known to be true: when you have a child, other people are going to tell you how to raise it whether you like it or not.
From social media users dissecting every bit of her pregnant body to being criticized for going out for dinner with her husband, John Legend, days after giving birth, Teigen has bore the brunt of parent-shaming from the public.
But what about Legend himself? The singer has not received even a smidgen of the shaming that Teigen has for her parenting skills. Tired of the double standard, Legend fired off a tweet highlighting the discrepancy in how society treats mothers versus fathers, and demanded that if you're going to shame the mother of his child for being a parent, you should include him in your criticism, too.
Right before the post, Legend retweeted a link to a Daily Show segment about mom-shaming. One of the show's correspondents, Desi Lydic — who is also a new mom — reports on the rise of moms being criticized for pretty much everything under the sun, highlighting Teigen as an example.
"You're worried about the quality of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's childcare?" Lydic said in response to those targeting Teigen. "It's not like they're getting their nanny off Craigslist. They're rich celebrities. They can get Mary Poppins to watch their baby — as in, literally call Julie Andrews and get her to come out of retirement to babysit in character as Mary Poppins."
It's not an issue limited to those with celebrity status. Moms everywhere have been chastised, shamed, and given unsolicited advice on how best to bring up their children. While the whole thing needs to stop entirely, Legend does bring up an important question: why is such level of scrutiny only directed at moms, and not dads?
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