It seems many of us are very, very worried.
So, tell me. What’s wrong with this picture?
Me, I would question the filter. Slumber can make the most handsome of men look so washed out.
But apparently, that is NOT what is wrong with this picture.
What is wrong with this picture is that the little baby in the carrier – Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter James – is in there all wrong. She’s too low, or too high, or too small, or too big. Something.
Here’s a quick sample of comments that were posted about this picture when it was posted on Lively’s Instagram account.
Such concern, such worry. Really, won’t someone think of the children?
I’m calling bullshit. These people are not in the least bit concerned about the safety of baby James. They are simply revelling in the adrenalin rush of pointing out someone else’s mistake.
And in the real world, just like in the online world, we have a name for people who get pleasure from pointing out what others have got wrong – they’re called dicks.
An opinion? Completely valid. Schadenfreude from realising that the people we think are perfect are not? Legitimate, if unnattractive. Shaming parents who are doing their best? Dick move.
Here’s another, not-so-similar example from this week.
Hilaria Baldwin has had a baby. Who? She is the second wife of Alex Baldwin and she’s a yoga instructor who posts pictures of her amazing self like this:
Which would usually be enough for my inner dick to ridicule her immediately, but this week, Hilaria posted a post-baby selfie of her stomach, two days after the birth of her son, Raphael:
Along with the photo, Hilaria posted that she was sharing this image to make women who have just had babies feel better about themselves. Yes, okay… Bear with me.
Update on us… Rafael is doing wonderfully! He is two days old now. Such a sweet little boy. I’m feeling well, been up with him every hour to two hours. I have been planning on doing post belly photos but didn’t know if I was gonna have the guts to actually follow through. I hope you understand my intention here: I believe it is important to accept and love our form after going through a bit of a battle bringing life into this world. Deep breath, here we go…all the way from my glamorous hospital bathroom #ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump #NoShame #LoveYourBody 6d
But what the Concerned Trolls took from the picture was not that Hilaria was proud of her tummy, but that the fact she was still in hospital TWO DAYS after birth must have meant she had a caesarian.