This week, the author and mum of seven (she has two step kids with partner Denim Cooke), has attracted a barrage of the latter.
She posted this photo that shows her, her freshly born son Raja, and his dad, Cooke, to Facebook, and people were not happy:
This is the essence of the backlash:
How dare Hall have her phone in her hand, chillaxing with a drink as if on vacay, and not be staring lovingly at her newborn son?
“Obviously googling parental advice,” is one example of the mean-spirited comments.
Others felt it necessary to provide feedback on Hall’s dietary choices, implying the question as to what kind of mother would ‘poison’ a child she was breastfeeding with a carbonated beverage – nay – a soft drink?
Look, we understand: if you’re not the subject of unsolicited advice and judgement, how do you even know you’re a mother? These trolls were just being…supportive.
Hall responded to the wave of negativity. In a follow up post, she said;
“Yesterday I posted a picture of myself on the phone the day my son was born. And of course it was followed by a few f***ers and their stuck up judgments about what I was doing on my phone instead of spending my every second doting and being the eternally grateful goddess mother.”
Making it clear that it wasn’t anyone’s business on what a mother does with her own children, Hall issued a caveat:
“If a child is being abused sexually, mentally, physically, or neglected, starved or not having their medical needs met. By ALL means, intervene. And when I say intervene I mean… Call the department of child protective services, do NOT b**** and moan on Facebook,” she said.
“And secondly YOUR children. They are your problem, how you raise them, what YOU’RE doing on your phone, what kind of a mother YOU are.
“And please don’t be concerned about me, I couldn’t care less about these comments. I’m on the beach, with 5 of my kids in the sun with the Dolphins at Monkey Mia.”
The Queen has spoken.
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