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Protective mom Halle Berry claps back at internet troll

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Halle Berry should be praised for respecting her kids' privacy, but the internet has other ideas

Halle Berry might like to keep her private life under wraps, but that doesn't mean she won't speak her mind when her parenting decisions are criticized.

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Berry retaliated on Instagram this week after a troll called her out for cropping out the faces of her two kids — 8-year-old Nahla and 3-year-old Maceo — in a recent pic.

The image showed the children's bodies and smiles, but not the rest of their faces. “What’s with the hiding of the faces?" demanded one commenter. "They’re beautiful children why not show them off?” 

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It's not often that A-list stars respond to Instagram comments, but Berry clearly wanted to put this particular user in their place. She pointed out that it wasn't the first time they had given an unwanted opinion.

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"I’ve noticed you have said this several times now so let me be clear — I’m not at all ashamed of [my] children," Berry wrote. "I try to find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can considering they are only children.

“It’s my belief, and I’m not criticizing others who have different beliefs, that it’s my job as their mother to protect their privacy as best I can," the actress continued. "When they grow and they’re of age and they want [to] share their images on the internet, that will be for them to decide, not me. Feel me? Have a beautiful day.”

Suggesting a mom who doesn't parade her kids around on the internet is ashamed of them is ridiculous. Every parent has the right to decide how much of their kids' lives they share online, and A-list moms are no different from the rest of us. And just like us, sometimes they can't resist biting back when they've been criticized.

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