5 Celebrities & Their Controversial Parenting Quotes: Offensive or Brutally Honest?

The celebs sure know how to keep things dramatic!

While we love watching their well-scripted scenes, we much prefer hearing them speak their own minds.

From Elizabeth Banks saying she’s “really a mom” after welcoming her second child, to Ricky Gervais‘ thoughts on population control, to Julie Bowen‘s love-hate relationship with her children, let’s look at 5 controversial parenting quotes from some of our favorite (?) celebrities.

  • Elizabeth Banks:

The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman welcomed their second child, son Magnus, via gestational surrogate in November 2012.

Also mom to nearly 5-year-old son Felix, the 30 Rock actress recently had the internet abuzz after saying she’s “really a mom” now that she has two children.

“Two is very different from one,” she said. “When you have one kid, you feel like you can jet set around and you can throw him on the hip and you get your life done. You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two. Now I’m really a mom. Oh, I am a mom now! This is for serious — I am responsible for two people now.”

  • Ricky Gervais:

Although Ricky Gervais does not have children, he certainly has some interesting things to say about bad parents. The British comedian proposed a new method for population control: sterilizing the “stupid” people, he told UK’s Times Online.

While the funnyman said there are “too many people with nothing, too many unwanted children, too many people who are poor and struggling,” Gervais’ solution involves imposing a limitation on who should be allowed to breed.

“Yes, based on … stupid, fat faces,” he said. “If there’s a woman in leggings, eating chips with a fag in her mouth, sterilize her.”

  • Chelsea Handler:

In a frank discussion, talk show host Chelsea Handler opened up about her personal ordeal with teen pregnancy and the current reality TV shows that glorify this controversial topic.

“We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment,” Chelsea said, and added, “…Or 16 and Pregnant. Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.”

Chelsea knows this situation personally, admitting that she terminated an unwanted pregnancy in her youth.

“I had an abortion when I was 16,” she said. “Because that’s what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn’t be dishonest about it.”

The best-selling author and star of Chelsea Does went on to say, “I wouldn’t be a good mother. I have no regret at all.”

  • Julie Bowen:

Actress Julie Bowen has won several awards for her portrayal of Claire Dunphy, the neurotic mother-of-three on the popular TV sitcom Modern Family.

In real life, Julie also has three children: sons Oliver, 8, and 6-year-old twins, John and Gus. The funny mom says her experiences as a parent helps with her role.

“If I wasn’t a mom, I think it’d be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once,” Julie said. “Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine.”

“I love them so much,” she added. “There’s always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn’t mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life!” she admitted.


  • Russell Crowe:

Father of two young sons Russell Crowe took to Twitter conquering the controversial topic of male circumcision. The Gladiator star held nothing back, making clear his feelings on removing foreskin from a newborn baby.

“Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect,” the actor wrote.

After a number of retweets of supportive fans and responses to those critical of his position, the Academy Award-winning actor reached out to his Jewish friends, asking them to reject their long tradition.

“Many jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth” he wrote.

Dad to sons Charlie, 12, and Tennyson, 9, Russell went on to Tweet:

“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires,” he wrote, and added, “last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off,I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”

After causing quite a stir online, the Australian actor Tweeted an apology the following day.

“I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities, I’m very sorry that I have said things on here that have caused distress,” Russell wrote. “My personal beliefs aside I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others. I am very sorry.”

Eli also told TMZ that the Tweets were just “a joking exchange between friends” and that Russell is not anti-Semitic.

What do you think about these parenting-related statements? Offensive or brutally honest?

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