On Wednesday, Olivia Wilde posted a sweet photo of her kissing her 3-year-old son, Otis, on the lips as he splashed around in a bathtub. But as adorable and innocent as the snap was, of course some trolls on the internet found the actor’s behavior “inappropriate” and decided to shame her for it.
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The mom-shamers accused Wilde of inflicting long-lasting psychological effects on her son by kissing him “like how she kisses her husband” (really?). Some simply called her “gross,” while others warned her of passing diseases, such as herpes, to her son by having such close contact. A few of the comments are below.
“Ehhhhh gonna give the kid lip aids.”
“Yeah but it’s gross. That’s how kids get lip herpes. From adult lip kisses.”
“We don’t kiss on the mouth a child. The kid think ‘mum kiss me like she kiss dad’ it’s not normal.”
Still, a majority of Wilde’s followers defended her picture, arguing that there is nothing perverted about kissing your child on the lips. “Giving your kids a peck on the lips does nothing to them, wind your neck in you perv,” one eloquent user responded.
Wilde is not the first celebrity mom (or mom in general) to be shamed for the simple act of kissing her kids. A few months ago, Kourtney Kardashian clapped back at online bullies by posting a series of photos of her smooching her kids on the mouth.
Likewise, Hilary Duff responded to her own shamers by telling them to back off. “For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my 4-year-old is ‘inappropriate,’ go ahead and click a quick unfollow with your warped minds and judgment,” Duff tweeted.
Wilde has yet to respond to the bullies, and regardless of whether she addresses them or not, we’ll never be here for random people on the internet policing a celebrity — or any — mom’s parenting. At the risk of stating the obvious: Wilde, Kardashian, Duff and every other parent clearly knows what’s best for their kid better than anonymous Instagram trolls do.
Originally published on StyleCaster.