Chrissy Teigen is no stranger to being shamed online by trolls. Fortunately for her, she seems to have thick skin — and fortunately for us, she has a wicked sense of humor.
Last month, supermodel and TV host Teigen and her musician husband, John Legend, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Luna. Becoming a parent, however, only seemed to give the trolls more ammunition against her. When she and Legend went out to dinner three weeks after Luna’s birth, Teigen was attacked for leaving her newborn at home so soon. You know, because no parent has ever escaped for a few hours after giving birth. Ever. In the history of parenting.
Teigen chose to acknowledge the criticism but not engage, tweeting:
This time she wasn’t alone in addressing her critics. Legend stepped in and tweeted:
Legend’s tweet comes on the heels of worldwide praise for Chris Hemsworth when he baked a cake for his daughter. (Seriously. Google “Chris Hemsworth cake” and there are 674,000 results.) Because apparently baking is an ah-mazing feat — that is, if you’re a dad. Same goes for diaper changing, bottle feeding, and going out to restaurants.
Moms who do the exact same stuff will get dragged through the coals, though. Disposable diapers? Why not the more environmentally friendly cloth diaper? Bottle feeding? OMG. BREAST IS BEST, people. And going out to eat? What, you’re not making homemade locally sourced, organic, gluten- and dairy-free meals for your offspring? Shame on you.
Parenting double standards are nothing new. But what is new(ish), however, are dads acknowledging when the praise directed at them is unwarranted and the criticism directed at moms is absurd. In most modern-day families where both partners work, the job of parenting is generally a shared responsibility. While some may choose more traditional roles, (think: mom cooking while dad tends to the lawn) younger couples especially seem to be taking on an increasingly even share of the workload with their children. And in a two-parent household, why is it wrong for the mom to leave a newborn home but it’s OK for the dad to do it?
Answer: It’s not wrong.
But if it was, then the blame should fall on both parents. A point to Legend for getting it right. And two points to Teigen for not feeding the trolls. After all, Legend just proved she’s not the only one capable of dishing it out.More On