Following excessive comments from Instagram users on a photo of her kids while on vacation, Pink has decided that moving forward she’ll no longer share photos of her son and daughter to social media.
The mother of two shared with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday the details of her decision, which came after negative comments on a photo of her kids, Willow Sage and Jameson Moon, after she had taken off her son’s swim diaper.
She commented to Ellen, “People went as far as saying someone should call child services because he didn’t have a diaper on and how dare I… some of the nastiest things. I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. It’s my proudest moment. I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve done in my whole life. I just won’t share them anymore. I won’t do it. I’m not posting pictures of them anymore.”
The photo in question, which now has comments disabled, shows Pink and her children interacting with a pelican on vacation.
There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all fucking disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.
For the Grammy Award winner, she didn’t see the post in the same light as many commenters did, she shared with Ellen: “I looked at it like, there was a pelican that flew into our room. It spent two hours with us … it was this incredible experience for my family. And I have a two-year-old [who] doesn’t like to wear wet swim diapers and at some point, he took it off. I don’t think like that! We’re a family. We live on a farm. My kids are naked, it’s what happens!”
This isn’t the first time she has received negative comments online, so it’s certainly understandable that she is not interested in seeing those about something so sensitive moving forward. It’s unclear at this point if her husband Carey Hart, who also frequently shares snaps of his kiddos to Instagram, will stop posting their photos as well.
Ultimately, how much of your children you want to share publicly or privately online is up to you as the parent, though safety and protection are two major things to consider. But celebrities under the microscope of the public eye often seem as if they’re in a constant battle between not sharing enough personal details, and wanting to pull back the curtain because of criticism on their parenting choices.
For more guidance on how to protect your kids on social media, check out our top resources:
- It's Time to Start Protecting Your Whole Family's Privacy on Social Media
- The Relationship Between Social Media and Body Image in Teens
- What is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Kids to be Smart & Safe Online
Watch the full interview with Pink here: