Let the woman live.
Raising a child already seems hard enough, but pile on top the sheer amount of responsibility, constant scrutiny and a string of people who always seem ready with their ‘informed’ judgments on parenting and well…it sounds like a minefield. It goes double when you’re in the public sphere as Megan Fox is learning, as a lot of people are mummy shaming the celeb for (cue the shock and horror) letting her sons have long hair.
Megan, who goes by the Instagram handle @the_native_tiger, posted a photo of her sons Noah and Bodhi at the beach. Dressed in similar swimsuits and matching deckchairs, the two had big smiles on their faces as they relaxed in the sun.
Cute photo, right? Well, not for a small contingent of the internet who decided their opinion was somehow welcome…
A few people took issue with Bodhi and Noah’s long hair and began complaining in her comment section, criticising her for letting it get that long for also blurring gender roles.
One user called @nash_r_h_89 wrote, ‘Another damn celeb pushing this trans / genderless crap. And please don’t reply with your unwanted comment telling me what an asshole I am, I already know.’
Another called @erikalopalacious said, ‘it’s just that girls should look like that, girls! And boys like boys. That’s it and that’s that.’
One commenter went to a very dark place. User @lordyc said, ‘“My boys are girls, I’m progressive”. Yeah progressively assisting suicide and mass delusion!’
It didn’t take long before a full on fight broke out in the comments, with many fans rushing to Megan’s defence.
User @corbitxo said, ‘Thank you for being you…and teaching your boys for doing the same’.
One said, ‘All these comments trying to tell you how to raise your kids are insane…you’re doing absolutely amazing by letting your boys be completely themselves and letting them decide who they want to be, it’s truly inspiring, they’re beautiful’.
A few fellow parents were in the comments too, who shared their own experience raising long haired sons.
@beachlifemuma said, ‘What gorgeous long haired boys! I have a long haired son too, he loves his long locks and rocks them also!’
Another said, ‘Love it! My son has long hair and he does not want to cut it. They are old enough to make their own hair choices.’
And then user @sarraxoo stepped in and shut the whole game down. She said, ‘Some ignorant assholes on here all because they have long hair. So what? Are they your kids? No. And last I checked, women get their hair cut short all the time. When they do it it’s a fashion statement but guys can’t have long hair? Get outta here with the double standards and stereotypes. It’s 2018.’
This isn’t the first time that Megan’s been at the centre of a parenting controversy, as people have previously shamed her for allowing her son Bodhi to wear Queen Elsa’s dress from Frozen out on the town. She was faced with similar criticism then, but both she and her husband Brian Austin Green stood by Bodhi’s fashion choices.
Brian said at the time, ‘It’s his life. They’re not my clothes. At five, that’s a time when [Bodhi] should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone [by] wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, good on him.’