Parent shaming is a real issue on the internet. Parents post videos or pictures of themselves and their kids, and the faceless internet commenters take fire on them for whatever wrong they feel is being committed. Most of the time, it’s complete crap, but that won’t stop people from speaking their mind online. This is more of a challenge and a threat for celebrities. They have such massive followings online that everything they do is viewed extra critically. Here’s the thing about parenting. Everyone who has ever done it thinks they’re an expert at it.
Think about when a woman is pregnant for the first time. Every single woman who has ever been pregnant before will have advice for them. The reason this happens is simple. Most people have no real skills. If they do, they’re in something really obscure. Therefore, most people never get the chance to give advice in the things they have knowledge about or experience with. Since a massive section of the population have been parents before, though, there is a huge pool of people with advice. This is their time to shine. It doesn’t matter if the advice is wrong or unsolicited. You’re going to get it whether you like it or not. Honestly, we don’t care how you parent. But the internet does care, and it’s going to tell celebrities when it feels their methods are strange. Here are 15 Hollywood Parents Who Use Disturbing Methods With Their Kids.
15. Lisa Whelchel
You’ll remember Lisa Whelchel as Blair from Facts of Life, but you may not know that she is a big fan of hot sauce. But it’s not because of the way it spices up a meal that she uses it; instead, she uses it to discipline her kids. Say something rude? Get a dab on the tongue and you’ll think twice. Look at something you shouldn’t have? Nothing a quick squirt of hot sauce in the eyes won’t fix (this method may or may not be part of her repertoire). Whelchel stands by this method because it works, saying, “It does sting and the memory stays with them so that the next time they may actually have some self-control and stop before they lie or bite or something like that.”
14. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan has had some rough times in his personal life, but critics have been especially harsh on his parenting methods. He seems to give solid advice, such as what he said to Laila Ali, “Hulk pretty much has said, ‘Just teach them the right things, lead them the right way and then you have to give them the space to do their own thing.’” Yet, while the Hulkster seems to be big on boundaries, he doesn’t really follow through on that. That’s why the web was in an uproar when pictures showed up of him applying lotion to his daughter Brooke‘s behind. Later, he tweeted a strange photo of his daughter sitting down with a skirt on and the caption was simply, “Brooke’s legs.” He just seems to be a really affectionate father. Like, really affectionate.
13. Alicia Silverstone
A lot has been made of Alicia Silverstone‘s unorthodox parenting methods over the years, but we don’t get it. Maybe she really understands it all. Maybe she’s right that diapers are stupid and that babies are “much more content leaving their business in the grass than having to sleep and eat accompanied by their own pee and poo.” Maybe babies should be pooing straight on the sheets when they sleep instead of a nasty diaper. Maybe she’s right that vaccines are evil and that parents should be sharing a bed with their babies. After all, “Sharing a bed with baby means you can tune in better to her needs.” How else will you know that your diaper-less baby has crapped the bed unless they’ve done it right beside you? It’s pretty clear to us that Silverstone has got this parenting thing figured out.
12. Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese is losing his mind as we speak. If you ever happen to catch this guy’s social media rants, you would be well-versed in his oncoming insanity. Still, the stuff with his daughter is sad. Apparently, Tyrese, though clearly a loving father, has some rage issues. His ex-wife, Norma Mitchell Gibson, stated that he once “pushed our daughter to the ground, pinned her face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm, and beat her with the other.” Gibson got a restraining order against Tyrese, but that didn’t stop him from hiring a banner plane to fly over his daughter’s school with the banner reading, “No matter what, daddy loves you Shayla.” That probably didn’t make the little girl feel awkward at all.
11. Jesse Williams
It wasn’t long ago that people were looking at Jesse Williams and his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, as a model couple. Now, these two are airing their dirty laundry out for the world to see and hear. Though much of the drama has been around Williams not being around for his children and worrying too much about his extramarital affairs, one account of parenting made the news and led people to freak out on the actor. The accusation, as told by Drake-Lee, claims that a neighbor and Williams got into a fight after the neighbor gave Williams the middle finger. Drake-Lee says that Williams then “aggressively pursued him in his car” and threatened to kill the man. The worst part was that their two kids were still in the car.
10. Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik is an intelligent woman. This is why so many people listened to what she had to say about parenting. She’s got a Ph.D. She must know what she’s talking about. Well, her doctoral degree didn’t stop the haters from jumping on her about breastfeeding her four-year-old. When her preschooler finally decided that he didn’t want to suck milk from his mom’s breast anymore, Bialik was quick to show those critics what was what. “Well, nay-sayers, prepare to be proven wrong,” she said. “All of you snarky mamas who glared at me nursing my 3 1/2-year-old on the NYC subway, prepare to be amazed. And to all of my family and friends who wanted to chastise me about nursing a walking, talking, thinking, laughing little man named Fred, thanks for holding your tongues because we did it. Fred isn’t going to nurse on his way down the wedding aisle or at his high school graduation. I didn’t need to break him of a ‘habit’ and teach him ‘who’s in charge.’ I didn’t need to set boundaries you thought I should have set when I didn’t want to set them. Because we did it: Fred weaned.” Way to go Fred! Way to go we!
9. Katie Price
Katie Price (AKA Jordan) is a model and British celebrity. She’s also a mom of five who has been criticized for how she goes about parenting. The worst offense, in the eyes of her critics, was seen in a photo of one of her daughters, Bunny, sitting in the grass enjoying a piece of sod. Letting this little girl eat grass and dirt and whatever bugs were there was too much for parents on social media, so they let Price have it. Price fired back, saying, “My kids are dirty, they’re feral, they’re very happy and they enjoy life… I don’t give a s*** what anybody says about my mothering skills… If anyone wants to complain about how I raise my kids, they need to get a life.”
8. Alanis Morrissette
Maybe you weren’t aware, but Alanis Morissette has dedicated herself to the fight against the baby formula industry. She, and other mothers like her, argue that the American formula industry is trying to get mothers to stop breastfeeding early in order to pad their pockets. To fight these evil powers, Morissette claims that she will breastfeed her children until they’re five or six or until needed. The decision is the child’s. Her last child ended up breastfeeding until he was in school. It’s all beautiful and natural, the singer claims. It’s also hard on the back to carry a 50-lb child in a sling while breastfeeding, but she’s listening to her “instinct.”
7. Jenny McCarthy
The saga of Jenny McCarthy, her son Evan, vaccines, and autism is a long and confusing one. McCarthy seems to jump around on what exactly is going on with her child and what she has said over the years. Evan was diagnosed with autism after he suffered several seizures. Naturally, McCarthy blamed vaccines he got quite a while before these events and went on an anti-vaccine stance (despite dancing around the term anti-vaccine). Later, she said that she cured Evan’s autism with “a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals.” Now, most people don’t have an issue with McCarthy’s choice of diet for her son, but there have been many vocal critics who slam her for trying to stand on the side of the fight against autism while connecting the disease to vaccines. She has also jumped back and forth about whether or not Evan has autism or not, so we’re not even sure what’s true anymore.
6. Candace Bure
Way back in 2004, Candace Bure tweeted and then deleted the following: “The books that guideline raising our children are the Bible, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp, and To Train Up a Child by Michael & Debi Pearl. My parenting tip of the day is ‘consistency, it’s key.'” Now, this raised some eyebrows because the last book, To Train Up a Child, teaches a parenting method that has led to the deaths of at least three children. It basically involves beating your child with a rod when they don’t listen. Now, when it comes to parenting, consistency is key. That is true. Your kid isn’t going to act out as much if they know they’re going to get hit in the teeth with a rod. They may also grow up to resent you and other figures of authority and may even see some repressed violence come to the surface when they’re older, but that three-year-old child sure isn’t going to talk back.
5. Leah Remini
Before Leah Remini started to blow the lid off the inner workings of Scientology, she showed up on the Rachael Ray show to try and get help to wean her daughter off the bottle. The show, which had clips from the Remini household and showed the little four-year-old throwing tantrums when her parents said no to her, was not kind to Remini. Afterward, people were in an uproar on social media, slamming the actress for her lax parenting style. “I’m very consistent; I give in,” said Remini. “My daughter runs the house.” The result of this giving-in meant that the daughter got to drink a bottle of milk whenever she wanted, and she wanted one all the time. “The problem I’m having with bottle-feeding is basically that Sofia drinks six or more bottles a night,” said Remini. Now, six bottles a night is strange, but we have to think it could be worse. Remini could still be breast-feeding the kid or could be beating her with a rod.
4. Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher
When Mila Kunis was doing press work for Bad Moms, she became a target for online mom shamers. Kunis said, “We do Shabbat at our house. At Shabbat, you have a sip of wine. My daughter has had a sip of wine since she was born.” Now, many people who do Shabbat follow these same traditions and have done so for many years. A small sip, they say, will not do any harm to the child. But critics were quick to judge and say that Kunis should not be giving alcohol of any quantity to a child, let alone doing it regularly. Kunis shrugged off the comments, though, and has gone about parenting the way she sees fit. We’re all for it. Besides, it seems like her daughter really enjoys the tradition. Kunis went on to say, “Friday mornings [when she] wakes up and I’m like, ‘It’s Friday,’ she goes, ‘I can have wine?!’” Just because this child seems to have built up a dependency on alcohol before the age of four is not a big problem. Hell, Mayim Bialik’s kid was still sucking milk straight from the teat at that age, meanwhile Kunis’ kid has a semi-regular glass of wine and people are in a tizzy.
3. Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox have three boys together and another from Green’s previous marriage. No on ever questioned their parenting skills until pictures started circulating of their four-year-old, Noah, wearing dresses. This got people worked up. What kind of a freak wears a dress? They asked. To those people, Green says he really doesn’t give a damn. It’s Noah’s life. “My son, he’s 4,” Green said. “I’ve heard from some people that they don’t agree with him wearing dresses. To them, I say, ‘I don’t care.’ He’s 4 and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it… [D]resses or goggles or slippers or whatever. It’s his life, they’re not my clothes,” he said. “I feel like at 4 and 5, that’s a time when he should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, good on him.”
2. Kendra Wilkinson
When you’re a celebrity who gets nude for money, the parenting rules are a little different. Kendra Wilkinson‘s son, who’s now seven or so, has grown up seeing his mother in the buff on TV, on stage, on paper, around the house, really everywhere. We won’t know what effect that will have until he’s grown up, but Wilkinson seems to think it’ll be great. Hell, back when her son was a baby, she figured that he would want to see her strip/pole dance, saying, “I think he’s gonna love it! There’s nothing like seeing your mom sexy and happy. Your babies will grow up happy if you’re happy.”
1. Charlize Theron
Last year, Charlize Theron got a lot of criticism on social media from all the parenting experts who wanted her to know that allowing her child, a four-year-old boy at the time, to wear an Elsa costume from Frozen is unacceptable. Many seemed to be more outraged at the fact that Charlize adopted this boy from South Africa only to try and turn him into a girl, as if she’s actively forcing him into these clothes. But what is she to do? The kid loves Frozen. It’s either Elsa, Anna, or Hans; and everyone wants Elsa. Since then, other photos have come out that prove her son, Jackson, just likes to throw on a dress every once in a while. People expect Theron to lay the hammer down and not allow this type of expression. Expression or repression people.
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