Pink won’t post more photos of her kids: I don’t like how brave anonymous people are

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Pink is still performing her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which feels like she’s been on forever. She recently played the Staples Center in Los Angeles, so she took the opportunity to pop by Ellen DeGeneres’ show before taking off for her Midwest concerts. I think Ellen is her go-to for promotion because she feels safe with Ellen. And that’s good because Pink has few places to feel safe in the public, especially when it comes to her social media. She feels so unsafe, that she’s decided she will no longer post photos of her kids. The discussion stemmed from the Instagram post above. Pink posted a short video of Jameson playing with Hot Wheels and when things don’t go as planned, Jameson said, “Ah, dammit!” Obviously Pink thought it was cute and that’s why she posted it. The people who replied, however, did not find it cute and chose to let Pink know… again.

So many people on social media go in on me all the time and this one, some people were like, ‘Nice language. I’m sure that came from you.’ And ‘What kind of a mother do you think you are?’ blah, blah, blah. Then somebody wrote, ‘I’m a speech pathologist at the university of blah blah blah and I thought his… timing was just perfect. You have a very smart kid.’ And I’m just reading like, ‘I don’t understand positivity.’

First of all, why do you pay attention to that? But there’s a lot of haters online. Then, what I like, is that you go after them. And good for you.

Really? Is it? I mean, sometimes I feel like I can change their minds. Really, I’m all about injustice. I don’t like injustice. And I don’t like how brave people are anonymously. And rude! Just mean. Mean spirited. And so I do. I go in. If I have time, I go in.

I, too, am not a fan of anonymous bravado. Not that I want people shouting at each other on the street, but the anonymous crusaders can get to all of us. I’ve grown a much thicker skin since I’ve come to CB but I’m not impervious. I’ve held onto some comments far longer than I should. But Pink makes a point later that there is a way to correct someone. Specifically she said, “there’s a kind way to be online,” and goes on to tell about a commenter who pointed out to her that “gypsy” was a derogatory term after she’s used it. Pink said she had no idea, thanked the person, took down the post and swore that word would ever come out of her mouth again.

Ellen and Pink discussed the diaper incident again, where Jameson had taken off his diaper and Pink didn’t realize it when she posted the photo. She emphasized that she really felt the story behind the photo, the pelican, was interesting enough to tell others about. What’s sad in this interview is Pink said she likes to share her family because, “I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done.” I get that. Many of us capture a moment that fills us with so much joy, we really want to show it off to others. And instead of it being received as intended, it’s met with derision and spite. So Pink said she’s not going to do it anymore, she won’t share her family because she can’t take the mommy shamers coming after her kids and her mothering. She also acknowledged that with Willow being seven now, it was time to start pulling back anyway. This is well-advised but it doesn’t make it any less unfortunate. I think we would all benefit by remembering that “there’s a kind way to be online.”

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    I like her, and I fully agree that people need to be more kind online, and I’m sure she’s gotten some really horrible comments.
    However… In recent months I almost feel like she has been posting things that she knows will get blowback, either for the attention or to feel self-righteous and complain about. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the impression I get.
    Either way, I think kids deserve privacy, so not posting them online is best.

    • JinnyBye says:

      She’s definitely been courting a certain kind of attention. Ever since her husband got into that drama over taking their infectious child out and about they’ve both been baiting people with their posts about their kids.

      She’s always been like that. She really enjoys playing the underdog fighting back against bullies, and she goes to lengths to try and create those narratives for herself. The trolls who attack her suck, obviously, but I can’t feel bad for her when she’s obviously trying to draw them in. I am glad that she’s realised playing this game with her kids isn’t a good idea though.

      • Surly Gale says:

        and so it begins….they made it clear the kid was past the infectious stage which is…for clarity….2-3 days BEFORE symptoms (so we have ALL spread germs at one time or another) and 3-4 days AFTER symptoms (hence the whole…a cold lasts 7 days, or a week, depending on how you take care of yourself)….one might still have symptoms and NOT be contagious….

      • Nicoleee says:

        @Surly umm no. The kid had HFMD. Which is MOST contagious the first week (not 3-4 days) but can still be transferred WEEKS after the symptoms.
        *source: a simple google search and working in a facility for children that experienced an outbreak

    • Erinn says:

      I mean, it’s possible. I think the adrenaline rush can be intoxicating to some people.

      The thing is, she was getting the hate when she wasn’t doing anything to cause the blowback. People were RIPPING on her child for wearing a suit to a show where she was getting an award. She got so much hate for just what she was wearing- that it’s pretty clear she doesn’t need to do much to have people lashing out at her.

      She might be pulling an ‘eff you’ and embracing the kind of things that will piss these kinds of people off – but I think it developed on it’s own and only recently has she had a real hand in it.

    • Wilma says:

      A number of years ago she got corrected (like a fact check) on something by a Dutch teenager. Pink then got really mad at said teenager and called upon her fans to let the kid know how they felt. The girl then was bullied of twitter. This was a while ago, I think about 8 years ago, but I saw it happen in real time and Pink was so petty and childish that I never saw her in the same light again.

  2. Kittycat says:

    I think it’s the best decision for her not to post pictures but I cant imagine it will last forever.

    People are terrible online.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I love her, I do. And she’s smart, so she should’ve known. This feels like attention.

    • Cait says:

      A kid saying “damnit” is like kibble to the parenting police and the mommy-shamers. She had to have known.

  4. geekychick says:

    I don’t post pictures of my children on social media. Actually, I lied-I have two where only top of my son’s head is visible.I haven’t really thought about it until I realised, 3 years ago that my sister is adamant about not posting photos of her children-she even called local nonprofit organisation when they put her daughter’s photo on fcb to take it down. When I asked her about it, she said: “Look, these are my children, but they are also their own person and they have a right to decide when and where will their photos be visible. Simple as that.”
    And I actually couldn’t believe I haven’t thought about it prior, I’ve just taken it for granted, seeing all those family members constantly post pics of children on social media and taking their consent for granted. And tbh, when you think about that, most of those pics are posted for parents/family members, so that the grown ups can show to the world how connected with their family or good towards their children they are… which is totaly selfish, IMO.
    So..my children won’t ever be on my social media.

    • babsjohnson says:

      I used to sometimes post my son on fb (private account) before it dawned on me that even as a baby, it wasn’t my call to decide to post his face online. I did it because I was so proud of his little self, but then it felt like I was using him as a prop, just like you said. Now I’ve deleted all social media because it’s toxic like that.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s how I feel about it. I don’t have kids, but I’d be really selective about what I put out there about them. I see some people post very personal stuff about their children, and so many photos of them, and the kids have no say in what is out there.
        And that’s just in my FB circle – a celebrity with millions of followers is putting that out there to the whole world.

    • Kate says:

      I have a friend who feels this way too. She shares pics with some close friends via a shared icloud album. I have a private IG account with maybe 25 people who actively ever look at what I post (and I do post kid pics/videos) and a Tinybeans account for family members where I try to post daily pics of the kids for the grandparents and aunts/uncles to see. So I kind of put them on social media but I don’t feel like it’s gratuitous or using them to create an image. I would probably feel protective like that if I was still on FB and I wouldn’t want to share pics of my kids to everyone I went to high school with or other random acquaintances. That said I can’t imagine being a public person and having to decide what to share and what to keep personal, and I don’t judge Pink or other celebrities. It’s got to be a weird thing to navigate.

    • Cher says:

      I fully agree with you. I don’t post photos of my daughter online. With facial recognition software and privacy issues and so much unknown about how this content could be misused in the future, I feel it’s not worth it for the “likes.” The current generation of parents are using their kids as canaries in a coal mine… we have no idea what the impact will be when kids’ entire lives have been documented and saved online, and how that digital footprint could affect them in the future. I’ve heard that it may affect prospects for relationships, college, jobs, insurance, and more.

    • Lua says:

      I post pics. I have an Instagram for my newborn with fun photos for holidays and adventures we go on. My friends and family love it, not that I would care if anyone didn’t agree with it. It’s a photo journal of our time together he can look at one day since we don’t have photo albums anymore. And if anything happens to my husband and I, car accident, plane crashing, illness, whatever, and we aren’t here for him, he can look at it and see he was loved whether he remembers us or not. I WISH my mother did the same for me.

  5. Seraphina says:

    I love Pink. She won me over when she stated in an interview YEARS ago something to the affect that people thought Pink would turn out like Brittany and Brit like Pink (married and with kids and not making headlines for what Brit did.

    And I agree, anonymous people are the most bold. They have nothing to lose so they put it all out there.

  6. Snowflake says:

    It’s a shame people are so rude online. I get why people commit suicide because of online bullying. I’m a sensitive person and have a hard time shrugging off nasty comments. I couldn’t be a celebrity, i should get too depressed reading the nasty comments.

  7. Notyouraveragehousewife says:

    She has been using her children to bait people on social media to be mean. She posts things for a reaction and she got it. If she’s not responsible enough to examine a picture so she doesn’t post her son’s private parts then she shouldn’t post her children on social media at all. She needs to accept some responsibility here.

    • jules says:

      yes, this. it’s the new trend i see with celebrities, they post something that is somewhat controversial (like the one who dropped her kid and his skull fractured, or the other one who was typing and posting while having a miscarriage), people react with criticism, and then the celebrity gets to say—oh, poor me, i’m a victim. it gives them twice as much media coverage.

    • Elisabeth says:

      I do post pictures of my daughter online. But the thing I don’t understand is….there are literally 4 steps in order to post something on instagram…and she didn’t notice that her kid had no diaper on? Not that there is any shame in it, but you can’t be unaware of what kind of weirdos and creeps there are out in cyberspace. Plus…I wouldn’t post naked photos of my kid anywhere. I do think her and her husband are baiting everyone online by posting certain things. If you don’t want an opinion….don’t scream your life out online

  8. jules says:

    “She feels so unsafe, that she’s decided she will no longer post photos of her kids.” —- tiny violin playing

    • sammiches says:

      +1 Like, okay, great? I don’t go on the internet to see pictures of strangers’ kids anyways, so……cool?

  9. manda says:

    I hate the language police! Omg! My father in law used to get toddlers to say “sh!thead” and it was the funniest thing. I stand by that, and I stand by kids saying “dammit!” I mean, c’mon!!! Don’t we have bigger problems! These poor kids are inheriting some real problems, let them express themselves!

  10. Nubbins says:

    Posting for “likes” can be addicting. Then it turns into, “Post pics or it didn’t happen!” mentality. There comes a point where you have to tell yourself that it’s OK to live in the moment without looking at everything your children do through a camera lens. Not everything has to be a photo op. You are making memories and living life with your children while it lasts, and that is what really matters.

    • Amanduh says:

      @Nubbins THIS! I have completely stopped participating in social media. I don’t post pictures of my toddler, myself or my husband and it is FREEING! I don’t feel the need to get “the perfect shot” anymore. I simply take a picture if I feel like it to send to family or friends via text. I honestly think social media has done much more harm than good. I don’t deny that it does have a positive impact at times but for me personally, I do better without it. I miss the days when it didn’t exist.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know a few like that, who live for the photo op. One I know from high school especially – always posts herself in bikinis or skimpy stuff, fishing for compliments, and last week posted about her and her husband having a day to themselves at the beach…complete with a photo of them both walking along the water. I was like…who took the photo??? Did they ask some stranger to take it for them? And why not just enjoy the nice day together?
      I use some social media, a few groups I’m part of us facebook for events and stuff so it’s great, but all I ever really post are photos of my cats, lol.

  11. rose says:

    She’s just as bad as Taylor Swift for playing the victim, she’s always done this .

  12. Veronica S. says:

    While I think there’s always a trade off for the publicity social media brings, there are definitely a lot of people out there who have gotten WAY too bold in the era of anonymous commenting, pretending that it doesn’t have real world consequences. Eventually, it will catch up to you, particularly in the era of doxxing.

    My family had a falling out with my cousin because his Flavor of the Month decided to rip into me on social media over some nonsense, as though I wasn’t a very real person who actually related to and lived nearby this man she was dating. I can tell you she certainly wasn’t so brave when confronted in person about running her mouth.

  13. I'm With The Band says:

    I call bullsh!t that she didn’t know she was posting a picture of her son’s exposed genitalia for the whole world to see. I think she knew what she was posting, but didn’t anticipate the backlash. Should people be sanctimonious asshats about it? Of course not. But like others here, I feel that her and Corey post deliberately controversial pics and as soon as people comment against them, they’re out there giving the middle finger. I unfollowed them both recently because it’s getting old and predictable.

    It’s clear they genuinely love and adore their children, but come on man, don’t bait the public with controversial pics of your kids and expect people to not react, especially when it’s a nude pic of a child who did not consent to posting it online.

  14. ikki says:

    Tbh I don’t like her at all. I feel bad for her kids.

    • Amanduh says:

      So my cousin, his wife and 2 daughters (both under 3) recently vacationed in Mexico and Pink was staying at their resort. They saw her by the pool a few times with her girlfriends and she actually came up to them to say they had super cute kids. She told them if they wanted a night out she would gladly babysit. He said he was starstruck and didn’t really say much lol but his older daughter kept on calling Pink “the mermaid” and kept asking about her for the rest of their trip. I don’t really care for her either but this endeared her a little more to me I guess?

      • jules says:

        i find this very strange… a celebrity/star going up to random people and offering to babysit? is this the new normal?

      • Amanduh says:

        I thought it was weird too! Like what goes through your mind that you think offering to babysit a random strangers children is a good idea? Im sure it was one of those things where she knew they’d decline.

  15. Patty says:

    This is a good thing! Her kids aren’t famous and didn’t ask to be, no need to post pictures of them all over social media.