In recent months, celebrity moms such as Angelina Jolie, Emma Thompson and Kristin Cavallari have been speaking out on all sorts of hot topics.
Touching on some of the most buzzed about mommy issues such as childhood vaccinations, working outside the home, the mommy wars, abortion and autism, some of our favorite (?) high-profile moms have been speaking their minds.
Let’s take a look at 6 celebrity moms and their controversial comments.
In March, Kristin Cavallari admitted she is afraid of childhood immunizations, and publicly stated she will not be vaccinating her sons.
“You know what, I’ve read too many books about autism,” the reality star said. “There is a pediatric group called Homestead or, shoot, Homestead or Home First — now I have pregnancy brain, I got them confused — but they’ve never vaccinated any of their children and they’ve never had one case of autism. And now, one in 88 boys is autistic, which is a really scary statistic.”
Then in April, Jenny McCarthy seems to have changed her tune on this highly-debated topic. The View cohost said that she’s “pro-vaccine,” claiming she’s been “wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine’” over the years.
“This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position I have recently adopted,” she wrote. “I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate.”
“My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the ‘one size fits all’ philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule,” Jenny added. “I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines.”
“I believe in the importance of a vaccine program,” she continued, “and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit.”
The Iron Man star was put under serious scrutiny by both the media and working moms when she talked about her high-profile career versus women who work 9-to-5 jobs.
“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” Gwyneth said. “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
These ‘fighting words’ caused fierce online backlash, with hundreds of angry women saying the actress has no right to say her situation is harder than theirs. Most of the comments suggested that while Gwyneth might be busy outside of the home, she has a team of professionals helping out (including nannies, house cleaners, etc.) and loads of money to keep her career running smooth.
So the newly separated actress – who is mom to Apple, 9, and Moses, 8 – used her weekly Goop newsletter to respond to those who slammed her as an elitist.
“This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject,” she writes.
“As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women,” Gwyneth adds. “We see disapproval in the eyes of other mothers when we say how long we breastfed (Too long? Not long enough?), or whether we have decided to go back to work versus stay home. Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women? Perhaps because there is so much pressure to do it all, and do it all well all at the same time (impossible).”
Just weeks after this, Angelina Jolie gave quite the opposing view in regards to raising children amid privilege.
Angie dished on how she juggles her career and her six children – Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, nearly 8, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. – with fiancé Brad Pitt.
“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day,” the ‘Maleficent’ actress said. “I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food.”
She added: “When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it.”
“I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain,” Jolie, who is worth a reported combined $270 million with Pitt, said. “Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
In late May, Toni Braxton revealed that she once had an abortion, and she believed that God gave her son Diezel autism as payback.
After having an abortion, the singer – who later welcomed son Denim in 2001 and son Diezel (who has been diagnosed with autism) in 2003 – talked about her painful past.
“I knew I’d taken a life… I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism,” she shared.
The Braxton Family Values star has since changed her mind about her past struggles.
“Coming from a very religious background, I was ashamed that I had an abortion in 2001,” she shared. “When my youngest son was diagnosed with autism I feared that I was being punished for my earlier actions. I have since realized that my son is special and learns in a different way.”
And in the latest controversial quote out of Hollywood, Emma Thompson spoke about her year-long hiatus from acting — and has enraged some working moms in the process.
“A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals, and had fun. I highly recommend others to do the same if they can afford it,” said Emma, mom to son Tindyebwa, 26, and daughter Gaia, 14.
While these comments seem tame, it’s her follow-up comment that has landed her in hot water.
“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time,” she said.
She added: “Sometimes in life, you’ll have some things; at other times, you will have other things. You don’t need it all at once — it’s not good for you. Motherhood is a full-time job. The only way I could have continued working would have been by delegating the running of the home to other people. I never wanted to do this as I find motherhood profoundly enjoyable.”
What do you think about these comments? Which quote do you like/despise the most?