A message to trolls: Leave VB alone
The trolls have been out in force today, bashing Victoria Beckham for posting a picture of her kissing Harper, her five-year-old on the lips.
What a sad day it is when a beautiful picture of a mother shouting to the world about how much she loves her little girl on her birthday invites such abuse.
One comment I read said: “This is so inappropriate and so lesbian.”
I’m sure the Beckhams are hardened to this kind of [email protected]; they’ve been here too many times before.
But having seen this and many other terrifying comments I’m sat here feeling angry on their behalf.
I’m not really a massive follower of celebrity culture, but I’ve always found the Beckhams and the way they’re so open about how much they love and enjoy their kids really refreshing.
Even the biggest PR cynic in me can’t be convinced that their family is an act constructed all in the name of Brand Beckham. David and Victoria adore their brood. And every time they’re seen together, it’s obvious that the feeling is mutual. In this age of terror, sadness and uncertainty surely images of parents celebrating their babies’ birthdays with messages of love should be seen as welcome relief from the constant barrage of negative and scaremongering media overload?
Last year, when American child psychologist Dr Charlotte Reznick suggested that parents could be inadvertently confusing their children when kissing them on the lips as the lips are an erogenous zone I felt similarly speechless.
There’s no sexual inference whatsoever and to me, the idea that parental affection could be sexually confusing is – and this is obviously just my opinion – an insult to parents who are doing their best and trying to love their kids hard. What’s next? Implying that breastfeeding is sexual?
Some children are huggers or kissers. Others prefer less physical contact. Each family has different levels of intimacy, emotional and otherwise. And there’s no way on earth they should be made to feel like they have to justify that to anyone.
Let’s just imagine, for a second, that it was discovered that the Beckhams had abused Harper. Can you imagine the backlash? Instead they’re being accused of loving their children too much. Let’s just think about that for a second.
There is NO SUCH THING.
So I say keep kissing your kids, VB. And keep interrupting the news media with your show of love and kindness. The world is better for it.