With 10 celebrity moms or moms-to-be on the roster these days, it’s clearly breeding season in Hollywood.
With so many high profile celebrities having kids, from Britney to Angelina, it’s no surprise the media are swarming around these stars, documenting their every last move.
This is where the line must be drawn between public and private. Although the media’s constant coverage of celeb break ups and make ups may be annoying to the stars, this “Big Brother” attitude toward celeb moms and their children is just plain wrong.
It’s disturbing that the media — and we who consume them — take such pleasure in watching these stars struggle through pregnancy and child rearing. No new mother is perfect, and putting her under constant scrutiny is an unneeded stress on an already stressful situation — even for a celebrity.
For example, it is rumoured that Katie Holmes is suffering from postpartum depression. Although it is a serious condition that is aggravated by stress, the media still relentlessly stalk Holmes, trying desperately to get pictures of her upset or frustrated while dealing with her newborn.
Similarly, at 24 years old, Britney Spears is barely older than most university students, and mothering two children. Sure, she screws up a lot, but all young mothers do. Okay, maybe she almost dropped her baby — twice. No new mother is perfect. Should we tear her down for making mistakes just because she is a celebrity?
Unfortunately, the children of these rundown celebrities won’t escape unscathed either. Not only will they likely be raised through handfuls of marriages, with handfuls of parents, they will simultaneously be thrown into the limelight as they grow up, whether they like it or not.
The media treat these new celeb parents as trainwrecks waiting to happen. Everyone wants to see them fail as parents, even at the cost of both the parents’ and the children’s mental and physical well-being.
Celeb mom scrutiny is nothing more than a shameless, disrespectful way to make us all feel better about our own inadequacies. Sure, we love to hate celebs, but constantly stalking and trashing soon-to-be or new moms is crossing the line.