Truly, the Salem Witch Trials were a blast compared to the current state of society with its judgment-passing, finger-pointing Twitterverse. Moms — regular, celeb lite and mega-celeb — are all under siege, shamed for every choice imaginable, no matter how innocuous.
So everybody take a deep breath and exhale while we tell you about social media personality Charity Grace LeBlanc and her 2-year-old briefly-pink-haired daughter, Felicity.
LeBlanc describes Felicity as “so lovable, the ultimate cuddle bug, belly-laughs at anything goofy her big brother does, and is obsessed with pink, glitter and unicorns.”
“She loves to play dress-up with me and we spend time together being creative and letting our imaginations run wild, so it only made sense to try out some pink hair!” LeBlanc said.
So LeBlanc filmed a fun video of herself dyeing Felicity’s hair (again, temporary dye, people! Temporary!). The video appeared on YouTube and Instagram. And the internet immediately lost its you-know-what.
(We admit that the fuss would probably have been less extreme had LeBlanc not asked in her Instagram caption: “Would you let your daughter do this?”)
Excuse us while we slip into our flak jackets.
We definitely could have written the outraged comments ourselves, we’re getting so used to reading them.
“This is so irresponsible of you. Of course she’s going to want it. She’s a kid!” one commenter chastised. “She doesn’t know what she wants! And you, the parent, should know better! She’s going to be bald by the age of 20.”
Hey, Mommy Shamer, newsflash for you: 1) She is a kid and thus 2) she definitely, positively, absolutely knows what she wants 24/7 and 3) we’re going to need a controlled scientific study from you to back up your claim that this kid will be bald in 18 years, thanks very much.
Especially considering her mom used a mix of — wait for it — vegetable dye and hair conditioner. It will wash out in three days.
There were also plenty in the “personally I never would” camp — the passive-aggressive approach to shaming other parents:
“Personally I wouldn’t do this to my child’s hair but I don’t see anything wrong with it,” said one holier-than-thou parental unit.
How did Felicity feel about her new pink hair? Let’s place bets. “[S]he loved it!” LeBlanc said. “I would catch her looking in the mirror, touching it and giggling to herself. She’s already asking to do it again.”
Get us our smelling salts while we find the number for Child Protective Services, please.
(No, see, that was a joke. Can everyone please lighten up already?)
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We think this was 100 percent excellent mama-daughter bonding. And we are thankful for all the sane, don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff parents out there who agree.
“I think it’s awesome that you are teaching your daughter young that she can look like/be what ever she wants,” one said. “I actually think it’s pretty inspiring!”
Another defended LeBlanc in no uncertain terms: “woah [sic]. The kid has pink hair and [people are] sexualizing it? I find THAT disgusting and disturbing… I get that people don’t like the idea of her having unicorn hair but is it really ‘disturbing?’ Because there’s more things in the world that are disturbing.”
As you can probably imagine, the Instagram video has been watched and hate-watched more than 1.3 million times.
LeBlanc remains unfazed.
“I think people just like to talk about something that is different from the norm. It creates discussion, and there is nothing wrong with that,” she said. “Some people were appalled, and some absolutely loved it. The most important thing is that it’s safe, and I love her immensely… anyone who thinks otherwise just doesn’t know the facts.”
LeBlanc added, “I hope she always expresses herself creatively and loves who she is… pink hair, blue hair or whatever hair she has.”
Yassss, git it, mama. Pink hair is temporary, but having fun with your kid and giving them a chance to express themselves is the kind of soul stuff that lasts a lifetime.