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Take the Mom Pledge – Stop Cyberbullying These 13 Celeb Moms! (Photos)

By shanaaborn |

Can we cut Snooki some slack?

For years, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has been getting criticized six ways to Sunday for her outrageous ways on Jersey Shore: drama, drinking, fights, men. Viewers and tabloids wondered if she’d ever tame her bad-girl ways.

Then Snooki discovered she was pregnant, and that prompted her to clean up her act, pronto. She got engaged to boyfriend Jionni LaValle, switched from wine to milk and traded her late nights for relaxing early evenings.

And guess what?

…People are still getting on her case.

Her Twitter account has snarky messages from followers about her shoes and hair extensions. Some even say she’s losing her diva edge. One particularly venomous blog post attacked her for “exploiting” her baby by designing a line of children’s slippers, and wondered whether the child would be born addicted. “Children [sic] Services should be there to catch the baby as soon as Snooki pops it out,” said the writer.

Low blow.

This kind of cyberbullying among moms isn’t limited to Snooki – lots of other famous mothers are subjected to sarcasm, nastiness and hate from people who assume they know better – and forget that these women have feelings, problems of their own and children who may wonder why anyone would say anything bad about Mommy.

Sadly, the problem isn’t even limited to celebrity mothers. Regular moms like you and me get it all the time. If you doubt it, just put up a blog post about why you don’t want to breastfeed or why you let your kids walk alone to the store two blocks away. You’ll be inundated with angry comments faster than you can say “Dora the Explorer.” I once wrote a humor piece about why children shouldn’t watch such classic holiday shows as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. From the vitriolic response I got, you’d have thought I had plugged Santa with a .38 special. (Some readers said that the article wasn’t even funny. Now that hurt.)

That’s why I applaud today’s Momcrunch column about The Mom Pledge, a movement launched by a mother who wants to end cyberbullying between moms. The Internet, she says, should be a forum for healthy, respectful dialogue by women who support each other and understand that every mother has to make the choices that work for her.

I also stand with my fellow Famecrawler bloggers like Joanna Mazewski and Monica Bielanko, who understand that writing about celebrity parents doesn’t have to mean disrespecting them. We can show concern without harsh criticism, humor without condescension and even offer support and admiration.

So take a minute to join The Mom Pledge and do your part to make the cyberworld a safer, happier and more supportive place to be.

You can start by looking at these well-known women and remembering that they’re mothers (or would-be moms), too. Underneath the glamor and designer fashions, they have the same worries and hopes for their children as we do.

And next time you’re tempted to hate on Snooki’s shoes, the Duggars‘ large family or Jessica Simpson‘s weight, ask yourself, “Is this something I’d want someone to say about me?”

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Stop Cyberbullying Celeb Moms and Take the Mom Pledge

Kate Gosselin

Kate tops the list of Moms Other Moms Love to Hate. Some of the comments from her detractors are downright scary - so much so that Kate has said she'd like to be a spokesperson against cyberbullying. What say we get behind her on this one?
Take a look at her website here.


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Shana Aborn is a writer and editor specializing in women's lifestyle issues. Formerly on staff at Ladies' Home Journal and MAMM, she is currently the managing editor of Life & Beauty Weekly. Read bio and latest posts → Read shanaaborn's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Take the Mom Pledge – Stop Cyberbullying These 13 Celeb Moms! (Photos)

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hear, hear! Great post! Thank you so much for sharing The Mom Pledge with your readers.

    I find our society’s relationship with celebrities baffling. We hold them to higher standards, then crucify them with they fail to meet them. We think nothing of bashing them, and act as if they ask for it because they are in the public eye. It bothers me.

    And, of course, it bothers me when everyday moms treat one another this way as well. So I’m trying to do something about it. Thanks again for helping spread the message!

  2. KateForSpokespersonAgainstCyberbullying says:

    I would love to see Kate Gosselin as the spokesperson against cyberbullying.
    I believe it would be divine justice if she could use the haters on her twitter feed to launch into a new career for herself.
    “Her detractors are downright scary” is putting it mildly.
    I’m behind Kate on this. She know first hand how vicious cyberbullyingis to her & her fans.
    There’s a ‘gang’ of women/mothers that get great joy by harassing, intimidating, demeaning Kate and any random fan that dares to tweet her.

  3. daisy says:

    The haters that stalk Kate 24/7 are like no others. They are nasty vile vicious unstable obsessed and mentally insane !
    Kate should be the spokes woman against Bullying, all anyone needs to do is read her twitter and sadly you will see why.

  4. shanaaborn says:

    Thanks, everyone. And I certainly agree. KateforSpokesperson – I’ve already gotten some sarcastic tweets from Gosselin despisers. But I also have to pity people who spend so much time and energy on this harassment. What good is it doing them personally, or as parents?

  5. alana says:

    J Mazewski must have had an overnight conversion as she has always been extremely snarky, especially towards Angelina and her kids. Hope this is true. And I agree about Kate Gosselin’s stalkers, after Angelina Jolie, this woman has to be stalked and maligned the most..both have crazy haters who do little else than troll the internet writing lies and all kinds of cruel, slanderous comments. What a waste of a life.

  6. Morgan says:

    Love this blog! Parents should be supportive of each other, not try and drag each other down, celebrity or not. I stopped coming to this site when a blogger posted a blog entitled 5 reasons(or was it 10?) why Jennifer Aniston will be a better mother than Angelina Jolie. Recently returned reading the site after being told that blogger was no longer writing here.

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