This happy news is definitely worth celebrating. Unless you’re a woman over 40, apparently…
Jeff Goldblum is very happy this week, and rightly so: The 62-year-old Jurassic Park star has just become a father for the first time.
Goldblum and his wife Emilie Livingston welcomed a son, Charlie Ocean, on Saturday.
They shared this sweet family photo from the hospital, showing a wrapped-up, red-faced Charlie resting in Livingston’s arms.
Goldbum and 32-year-old Livingston are currently being collectively cheered by the online community of fans, and rightly so: It’s lovely news worth celebrating.
But we wonder how would the world have reacted if a celebrity had become a first-time mother, rather than father, past 40 years of age?
Well, you don’t have to imagine. Because we already know that, every time a famous woman over 40 gives birth, there’s one thing she can count on: The fact she’ll be labelled ‘selfish’.
When TV host Sonia Kruger fell pregnant at age 48 after several rounds of IVF, social media took approximately two seconds to begin tearing her down with snide remarks about how ‘irresponsible’ she supposedly was for having a baby ‘at her age’.
Here are some words published by the Sunshine Coast Daily about Kruger’s pregnancy:
“That child deserves a future. A future with its parents young and healthy enough to play footy, go to dance lessons and partake in their hectic and busy young lives.”
Here are some reader comments about Kruger’s choice to have a baby in her 40s:
“[I]f you spend money on IVF to get up the duff… you have serious problems.”
“Well if you wanted to be a mum so bad at 49 why wouldn’t you stay home and be a mother instead of being back on tv after only 6 months?
“She is cute but why work on 2 shows when it took u so long to get pregnant?”
“Sure, have a baby when you’re middle aged, be selfish….no need to worry about your child being embarrassed when their friends rib them about having a wrinkly granny for a mother.
“No need to worry about the greater risk of giving childbirth once you’re over 35… Good one Sonia!”
That wasn’t an isolated incident, either. Here are some barbs thrown Halle Berry’s way when she had a child at 47:
“It’s not that Halle is physically too old to have kids, she’s just too old to want to play with her kids. For the next 20 years. Until she’s 66.”
“Typical woman, so selfish. That poor boy’s mother will be too old to cook for him by the time he’s 30.”
Some other celebrity women who’ve had babies after 40 (post continues after gallery):
And here’s a reader though about Gwen Stefani showing a ‘baby bump’ at 43:
“Isn’t she too old to be having babies?”
… Aaand let’s not forget that Laura Linney drew similar criticism when she gave birth to a baby boy at age 49 last year:
“She is almost 70 when her boy graduated from high school, if she is even still alive. Irresponsible and selfish.”
Some more criticism directed at over-40s mums (post continues after gallery):
Clearly, online community may be happy to embrace Goldblum becoming a first-time parent past middle-age, but its collective brain practically malfunctions when a woman has a child past the society-sanctioned age of 35.