Baby nicknamed ‘Stuff Curry’ finds fame after being fat-shamed on the internet
Most of us share photos of our kids on some form of social media. It’s the easiest way for family and friends to watch as your kids grow from little blobs, to bigger blobs, to tiny people, to teenagers, to– oh my god where did the time go? That’s what mom Jessica Benton was doing when she noticed a photo of her 10-month-old son, Landon, was being shared around the web with the caption “Stuff Curry.”
Now if you don’t happen to be a fan of the Golden State Warriors you may not get the reference to living legend and NBA MVP Steph Curry. Which is a compliment! Steph Curry is 1. the coolest 2. a rad dad (check out the pic below of him and his daughter) and 3. one of the greatest ballers of all time.
But it’s also a reference to Landon’s size, which is straight up fat-shaming a baby. And that, my friends, is EFFED UP.
“I didn’t know what it meant at the time and kind of got upset, because a lot of the other comments weren’t very nice,” Jessica told ESPN. “So I ended up googling ‘Stuff Curry’ and I got Steph Curry.”
Somehow this awesome mom did the impossible – instead of trying to Khaleesi the cruel commenters, she took their insults and turned them around into something positive. She owned it. And now her ridiculously adorable son has gone viral.
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“I’m not going to let them fat shame my baby and put it all over online and I just give up there,” Benton said. “I wanted to really turn it into something good and take control of it and say, ‘OK, we’re gonna own this name. Yeah, we’re Stuff Curry. We look like the famous basketball player.'”
Benton’s grace in the face of an awful situation is no coincidence. When she was pregnant with Landon her older son committed suicide at just 20 years old.
“When he was in 11th grade, he told me about how the kids at school would say mean things to him and call him names and make fun of him,” she told ESPN. And I didn’t realize how much that had taken a toll with his own self-esteem at the time. I can’t say it’s directly due to bullying or anything, but I have one kid who’s not here with me who told me that people made fun of him. I’m not going to have another kid think that the whole world was laughing at him.”
Now Landon’s days are filled with photoshoots for Instagram (38,300 followers and growing) and fielding freebies in the mail. But the most important takeaway of all is Jessica’s fierce positivity and strength when faced with adversity and tragedy. Clearly Steph Curry isn’t the only role model to be found in this story.