When ReShonda Tate Billingsley saw a photo of her twelve-year-old daughter holding a vodka bottle with the caption “Sure wish I could drink this!” she reacted swiftly and decisively.
She forced her daughter to send out the photo on the left on her instagram feed AND posted it herself with her daughter’s face cropped on her own Facebook page (her daughter is not allowed on Facebook).
Well, the photo went viral, and there are reactions a-plenty, partially because ReShonda Tate Billingsley is not only a mother but a well-known author with a large following online.
When I was alerted to this story, I was asked how I felt, and honestly my reaction varies. As an alcoholic, I feel sad that the young girl holding that vodka bottle has no idea how destructive what it holds can be. As a former horrid teenager, I feel outraged and pissed off at her mom on her behalf.
But as a mom? Well, as a mom, I get it. As ReShonda Tate Billingsley said herself:
She had been warned against acting up on social media countless times but obviously, it wasn’t getting through. So I took it to her level, implementing my motto of “Get tore out where you show out.”
She’s hardly the first parent to take to social media to punish her child. Denise Abbott posted a photo of her daughter with a giant red “X” over her mouth saying, “I do not know how to keep my [mouth shut]. I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why.”
Not to mention that dude that shot up his daughter’s laptop. (I still object to that one, but mostly because of the gun element. Guns are just a bit too much.)
What do you think? Is social media shaming a good way to get young people to be responsible on social media sites? Or is it parental bullying?