What's A-Parent

'Walking Dead' Actress Hits Back At Trolls Who Body Shamed Her, Letting Them Know Bullying Will Not Be Tolerated

"Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever."

What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.

Alanna Masterson deals with a lot as the character of Tara Chambler on The Walking Dead, but she recently had to deal with trouble in real life after the latest episode aired. Trolls shamed Masterson — who had given birth to her first child in November 2015 and returned to work right away— and commented on her post-pregnant body and weight.

Understandably, Masterson had had quite enough. Fed up with the negative comments, she took to Instagram to respond in a post about bullying and being kind to one another. And she did not mince words. 

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" Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and wom[en] who think it's OK to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn't OK to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else's shoes. Maybe you can't get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being 'too large' or how 'fat' I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the fuck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how 'courageous' you must be for trolling and hiding behind your iPhone and computers. P.S. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.S.S. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever." 

In the post, Masterson included a photo of her baby daughter, Marlowe, to highlight her message.

Her comments point out the very real and very unfair expectation for new mothers to maintain their family life, working life, and on top of all of that, their pre-baby bodies. It's an absurd set of standards women are held to, and the frustration expressed in her post resonated with many. 

Since the Instagram was posted on November 29, it has received 994,000 likes and over 10,000 comments. Fellow working moms and strangers are showing their support. One commenter wrote on Instagram, "People don't understand how hard it is to nurse a baby, and to also be a working nursing mother who has to pump. And you're beautiful! Those people can kick rocks!"

Another said, "You're perfect, I love you and your daughter. Please don't let the haters get you down; you're my greatest inspiration."

Masterson's final sentiment about kindness is something that everyone can remember before they criticize anyone.

(H/T: Huffington Post

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