Do You Criticize Celebrity Kids?


–Ladies, we need a new rule: No greasy talking about celebrity children. That means the children of celebrities and the children who are celebrities. Now, I know you don’t do it personally, but maybe you know someone who does. Forward this on to someone who needs the message.

Last week, actress Tia Mowry posted a memo that no mother should ever have to. Apparently the sometimes not-so-nice things that have been said online about her precious 1-year-old son, Cree, have reached her ears. On Facebook, she defended her precious baby boy from “friends,” followers and fans who made vicious comments about him. (They are too rude to repeat here.)

“It’s disgusting that some focus on looks,” Mowry wrote on her Wall. “I brought a beautiful child into this world.”

Yes, she did. Period. End of story. He’s a baby, which means he’s off limits. I know celebs willingly step into the spotlight, and unfortunately personal attacks against them have become par for the course. But their kids don’t ask for that criticism. That means vicious talk about celeb spawn like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby Blue, who was the subject of vile commentary when her 6-month-old face was recently revealed, is a no go. That goes for Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons-Hounsou’s precocious offspring, Ming Lee and Aoki, and Christina Milan and The Dream’s cutie-patootie Violet. I’ve read horrid and completely inappropriate comments about all of the above-mentioned children, judging their facial features, weight and/or hair texture. And there’s no way around it: It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong.

The same rule should apply even for the kids whose parents have allowed them to step forward, like Willow Smith. Dear Willow’s varying hair colors, length and textures, her not-so-real tongue ring, and her unique (but age appropriate) attire have inspired all manner of public critique that has gone so far as to call her sexual orientation into question. Yes, we all know she likes the attention (to some degree). All children do. But is it so very necessary to give it to her, especially if it’s negative?

(Continue reading at Essence…)