It’s been awhile since anyone on the MailBag page has annoyed me much. This time? There’s two.
Linda Merk of Rochester, NY writes: Why do so many stars feel they have to carry their children everywhere? Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are always carrying 6-year-old Suri, and now Julia Roberts is seen toting her 7-year-old to the beach. Kids should walk on their own so they can become independent.
Linda, you answered your own question. Why are you seeing pictures of these children being carried? Think about that one. Now, you walk with your six or your seven-year-old child while running an errand or spending some time together, and have five, 10, 15, 20, or more photographers surrounding you. Calling your name. Calling the kid’s name. Trying to get their picture. You see if #1, you don’t want to get the heck out of there, and #2, if you aren’t just a little concerned for your child’s safety. Sure, there’s the price of fame, but then there’s actually being in that pack of people with your child. And that is not the time to teach them independence.
And then Ellen George of Atlanta writes: I love Kelly Ripa, but I winced when I saw her looking so skinny in her bikini. She’s sending young girls the wrong message about body image.
Ellen, Kelly Ripa has always been skinny. She has muscles–well-developed ones. Not too-skinny looking ones. The message she’s sending? #1, she goes to the beach. #2, not all bodies look the same. #3, if your body doesn’t look the same (you don’t think folks who are below average weight are ever sensitive about that?) you don’t have to hide it. If Ellen is “wincing” when she sees a skinny person enjoying themselves at the beach, she’s the one with the body image problem–not Kelly Ripa.