Sanctimommies – moms who smugly advise peers on everything from diapers to doctors – have infiltrated Hollywood. Not content to raise their overprivileged kids in peace, they feel compelled to trot out their personal parenting philosophies – and bash some other famous moms in the process. Thankfully the rest of us are pretty much safe; at least when some know-it-all tells us our baby will be scarred if we use a stroller instead of a sling, her criticism isn’t broadcast through the tabloids.
Ed Note: As our readers pointed out, not including Jenny McCarthy was an oversight. Click here for Babble’s take on vaccinations.
Sanctimommy: Jenny McCarthy
Her target: Moms who vaccinate their kids
The controversial mom’s claims that a vaccine caused her son’s autism and that a range of experimental biomedical treatments cured him caused quite a stir in the medical and Hollywood community. She instilled irrational fear and promoted the link between vaccines and autism as fact without any scientific corroboration.
Sanctimommy: Amanda Peet
Her target: Jenny McCarthy
When Peet told Cookie magazine “Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites,” McCarthy, who associated her son, Evan’s, struggle with autism to vaccines, took offense. Now that Peet is a second-time mom-to-be as well as a spokesperson for Every Child by Two, expect this star-studded war of words to heat up again.
Sanctimommy: Gisele Bündchen
Her target: Non-supermodel mommies
When Bündchen gave birth to Brady baby Benjamin and snapped back into shape like a genetically-blessed rubberband, mothers everywhere thought “Wow, she’s lucky.” But instead of gracefully accepting the communal compliment, Bündchen commented in the April issue of Vogue: “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.” Ok, fine, but you did win the genetic lottery after all!
Sanctimommy: Angelina Jolie
Her target: Madonna
The two women have become famous faces of overseas adoptions, with Jolie adopting from Cambodia, Ethiopa and Vietnam, and Madonna from Malawi. When Madonna’s adoption of son, David, was almost overturned, Jolie let slip to the French magazine Gala that she would “never take a child away from a country where adoption was illegal.” She later said her words were taken out of context.
Sanctimommy: Nadya Suleman
Her target: Kate Gosselin
The Octomom slammed the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star, pointing out that she didn’t resort to a tummy tuck to lose her baby weight. “I feel like it’s cheating,” Suleman sniped on her reality show, Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage. We’re just glad that Kate is proud enough of her post-eight baby bod to show it off for photogs.
Sanctimommy: Jamie Lee Curtis
Her target: Kathy Hilton
In 2007, Jamie Lee penned a story for the Huffington Post on who she felt was to blame for Paris Hilton going to jail – and it wasn’t Paris. She said: “It was a painful episode to watch. A young woman, begging her mother, the person who should have taught her right from wrong, to help her, to teach her the rules of life. It was a little too late.”
Sanctimommy: Jennifer Lopez
Her target: IVF moms
When J-Lo came out with the not so confessional confession that she didn’t use IVF, moms who were struggling to conceive took offense. Lopez told Elle magazine: “I believe in God and I have a lot of faith in that, so I just felt like you don’t mess with things like that.” Whether or not she used fertility treatments is her business, but don’t IVF moms have it tough enough already?
Sanctimommy: Kendra Wilkinson
Her target: Kate Gosselin (again!)
We’re not sure if it was professional jealousy or simply an unchecked train of thought that lead Wilkinson to criticize Gosselin for going on Dancing with the Stars. “I just told my publicist, if I were asked to go on Dancing With the Stars: I would definitely say no to it, because I am that mom that wants to be there every step. I don’t want to spend three months away from my baby,” Wilkinson blabbed on the Today Show. She later said she wasn’t intentionally criticizing Kate.
Sanctimommy: Meryl Streep
Her target: Young Hollywood moms
Streep’s children grew up years before the advent of TMZ and Us Weekly, but that didn’t stop her from reportedly putting in her two cents about the trend of baby photos in gossip rags. “If you promote your children, if you have them photographed, then they lose their rights. But, if you do not have them photographed and (do not) sell them to OK! magazine, they have the right to privacy and citizenship.”
Sanctimommy: Tiffani Thiessen
Her target: Gwyneth Paltrow, et al.
After Gwynny named her first child Apple, it set into motion a veritable avalanche of strange names, including memorable monikers like Bronx and Zuma. A pregnant Thiessen vowed that in her expanding family (with husband Brady Smith), “You’re not going to find any freaky names.” But wouldn’t Strawberry Smith have a nice ring to it?
Sanctimommy: Tom Cruise
His target: Brooke Shields
Proving that you don’t need to be a mom to be a sancti-mom, the Jerry Maguire star bashed Shields on Access Hollywood for using drugs to deal with postpartum depression, saying, “These drugs are dangerous: You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.” He later apologized, and after Shields’ daughter, Grier, and his daughter, Suri, were born in the same hospital on the same day, the families became friendly. Nothing like a play-date to put differences in the past!