If there’s one thing lots of Hollywood husbands seem to have in common, it’s crushes on the nanny. Everyone from Jude Law to Ben Affleck has been rumored to have the hots for their hired help, and it’s got plenty of people nervous that their own spouse might follow suit.
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen gave a voice to those fears over the weekend when she joked that she and her husband, singer John Legend, have a “no hot nannies” rule for their house once they have kids. “I do want to have kids one day, so it’s something that I have to think about,” she quipped. “The rule is no hot nannies. I trust John, but you never know with these men.”
Teigen was obviously joking with her comments and clarified as much on Twitter, but plenty of people seem to share her sentiment without even a hint of humor about it:
Call me crazy, but I would totally hire a hot nanny.
Hot Nanny Phobia seems to stem from two ideas that I find really troubling. The first is a regressive and sexist belief that attractive people — especially attractive women — can’t be trusted to keep their head down and do their job. I love and adore my husband, but I seriously doubt every pretty lady in the world is just dying to get her home-wrecking hands on his dadbod. That’d be a pretty serious (and ridiculous) judgment to make about someone’s ethics and abilities based solely on the fact that they’re attractive, and that is definitely uncool.
Secondly, I choose not to believe that anyone — especially the person I chose to marry and have children with — is such a mindless slave to their physical impulses that a pretty face will have them immediately flushing our marriage down the toilet. Cheaters aren’t made by spending time with attractive people, otherwise we’d all be having affairs all the time. Hot people exist everywhere. There’s no fighting it.
Fearing attractive nannies would mean making a series of awful assumptions about not only the person I’m hiring, but also the person I’m married to. Do bad things happen? Sure. But I’m going to guess two people who willingly participate in an affair have a more complex thought process than just “wow, that person is super hot.”
If you don’t want to hire a hot nanny, that’s your prerogative, but don’t let the way someone looks get in the way of hiring a qualified caregiver that your kids might love. Hot people are everywhere, but good childcare is hard to find.