Jessica Simpson went on the Katie show and shared photos of her daughter Maxwell wearing a yellow knit bikini — and the world has gone mad!
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Another parenting scandal has hit Hollywood. It didn't take Jessica Simpson, 32, long to trigger mass hysteric criticism of her parenting — much like another unsuspecting celebrity mom, Alicia Silverstone, and her premastication controversy.
Alas, Jessica innocently shared a photo of her 4-month-old daughter Maxwell wearing a yellow knit bikini on Katie Couric's new talk show, Katie. "She's posing," Jessica laughed. "It's her very first time to put on a bikini." Eeek. Poor Jess.
As you'll see in the video below, the audience seemed to love the photo at the time, uttering a group "awwww." But the Internets have been ruthless.
Here's the video....
Jessica does look slim, beautiful and happy. It's a shame, after all the "pressure" she says she was under to feel comfortable making this appearance, that her big moment had to be marred by a public outcry against a baby photo she's proud of. Indeed, as soon as the photo reached the Internet, people began ranting and raving on Twitter, in blogs and the papers.
Jessica was even criticized by a British child welfare group. Claude Knights, the director of an organization called Kidscape, had this to say to the Daily Mail:
It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini. Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that “baby bikinis” are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.
Well, there's definitely something to that.
But here's what I think. It's fine for people to voice their opinions. Jessica put the photo out there, and if you put it out there, we can share our opinions about it. If Jessica were walking down the street and the paparazzi snapped a photo of her kid in a bikini — different story. Same with Alicia Silverstone: Put the mouth-feeding home video out there and let us talk.
Here's my opinion: Though it wasn't the wisest photo choice, it doesn't bother me so much. She's not selling it to magazines, air-brushing it or starting her own baby bikini line. She's just lovingly, proudly (cluelessly) sharing a beloved photo of her child with the world.
All the negativity and mother-bashing around it is so much worse than that photo. Is the bikini photo an awesome conversation piece for issues that Knights brings up above? YES. But this is southern-belle, singer/reality TV star/fashion designer JESSICA SIMPSON. No one ever said she was a feminist icon, if you know what I mean. I mean, what did everyone expect? Did they not expect this from Jessica Simpson?
I don't know, what do you think? Does the baby bikini pic make you MAD?