Olivia Wilde is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth celebrity moms ever, but even that can’t spare her from the wrath of the internet. The actress found that out the hard way this week when she shared an adorable snap of her toddler and was immediately scolded by a wild pack of internet sancti-parents.
Wilde, who’s vacationing in Hawaii with her family, posted a photo of her 19-month-old son, Otis, wearing nothing but a cowboy hat. He’s looking out at the beach, ready to take on the world. She captioned the photo “naked cowboy,” which is ridiculously adorable, right? I mean, who doesn’t wish they could run around naked in a cowboy hat without terrifying people?
It was a cute quip, but of course the internet parenting police didn’t see it that way. Within minutes, Wilde was being scolded for giving “psychos” easy access to her kid and apparently putting his naked bum on his permanent life record:
“Why post nude pics of your child? So many psychos out there!”
“More people will ‘like’ that than you wish. Your naked child is nothing you upload in the world wide web where it stays forever…”
“He will hate you for this. Trust me. Ask my mom.”
“I don’t wanna see kid porn duh fuck yo.”
Um, porn? Seriously? That escalated quickly.
Parents often disagree over what should and should not be shared online, but it’s safe to say if you think naked toddler pictures are the equivalent of internet porn, you’re the one with the problem. Naked baby pictures have always been a thing, and whether you opt to post them to social media or not, they’re in no way dirty or inappropriate. Stop being such creepers, Internet.
Yes, there are weirdos out there. That’s a fact. But there are weirdos everywhere, and you can’t let the so-called “psychos” of the world keep you from living your life. Wilde has been great about sharing relatable mom moments via Instagram, from her mom hair-do:
I call this hairstyle, “keep the kid alive”. Products you’ll need: sweat, string cheese, diaper rash cream, chewed up crayon, snot, and an enthusiastic spritz of panic. A photo posted by Olivia Wilde (@oliviawilde) on
If you don’t want naked photos of your kid on the internet, then don’t post naked photos of them online. But leave other parents alone. There’s nothing wrong with sharing a cute moment, and I’m sure Wilde knew what she was doing long before the internet commenters came out of the woodwork to explain it to her.
Olivia is an awesome mom, Otis is adorable, and these people who specialize in criticizing celebrity moms on social media need to find a better hobby.