Many little kids like to test-drive mum's makeup. Yet when celebrity parents let the world see their kids doing pretty much any standard kid things, the critics take their claws out.
This seems especially true for Jessica Simpson, whose Instagram followers most recently slammed the singer for posting a selfie she'd taken with her daughter in a MAC store on Wednesday. The shot features Jessica, in shades and a hoodie, and her 5-year-old daughter, Maxwell, both puckering their lipsticked lips for the camera.
"This is NOT a #ad, @maccosmetics is my daughter's favourite stores!" Jessica captioned the photo. "Mummy-Daughter Day with #MAXIDREW #girlygoth."
The final hashtag nods to Maxwell's plum-coloured selection, but all told, it's pretty innocuous stuff. Yet where there's a will there's a way, and some of her followers still found ways to get mad.
"Her favourite store?? OMG," one person commented. "She should be playing outside or learning about the world not sitting in a chair putting on makeup at MAC. What's wrong with you." "Great. Lovely toxins at a younger age," another said. "Isn't she too young for makeup?" another wondered.
On top of judging Jessica for letting her 5-year-old play with a lipstick and enter a makeup store, people also mom-shamed the singer for not choosing cruelty-free products. "Yes, kids deserve to know the truth about everything so they can make the right decisions," one person wrote. "I’m sure if her daughter knew that bunnies and other animals were hurt to make this makeup she wouldn’t like it so much..."
This is very far from the first time Jessica has been attacked for posting a picture with her children. On Halloween, when she shared a picture of her family's Halloween costumes — Jess as Willie Nelson, her husband Eric as Waylon Jennings, her son Ace as a cowboy, and her daughter as Belle from Beauty and the Beast — her Instagram followers ripped her apart over the colour of Maxwell's hair, which looked a little darker than usual in the photo.
In June, when Jessica posted a picture of Maxwell posing in a child-sized bikini, some went so far as to suggest that the singer was distributing child pornography featuring her own daughter. (That photo has since been removed.)
But as they've done before, fans came to Jessica's defence on Wednesday: "Jealous people say negative things," one of her followers commented. "All they know to do in life is to put people down...if you don't like what she does don't follow an[d] don't comment...I think it is sweet an[d] cute that she spends time with her daughter no matter where they go or what they do."
"So glad to see you out with your daughter having a wonderful time with her," one user wrote. "I bet MaxiDrew just loves this."
There is no such thing as perfect parenting, as any of the parent commenters would likely agree. Maybe instead of criticising a child, or wasting rage on a social media page, just click unfollow.
This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.