Jessie James Decker is the latest to be mom-shamed for allegedly sun tanning her kid and the internet, which is obviously not happy about it, is making their hate loud and clear.
People came out swinging against the 30-year-old gorgeous singer because of her child, the latest to receive criticism from the scrutinizing public. The reason? Well, Decker posted a photo of her 4-year-old daughter Vivianne Rose eating an apple. Nothing unusual, it seems and at first.
"Tan bunny," Decker captioned the photo.
Plain as day, the child looked tan as far as the photo is concerned and the caption was just the final confirmation. That post immediately drew flak basically for how the mother has let her daughter get a sun tan, and of course, everyone exploded and became experts.
"Children shouldn't be tanning. Skin cancer is never a good look," one user commented, though Yahoo Lifestyle noted, though it has since been deleted.
A lot echoed this sentiment, citing the long term effect of a sunburn, but many supporters rushed to Decker's side and defended her for the unwarranted comments the celebrity has received all because of the photo. Some laid out their own experiences with their children, while some attacked the naysayers. Others, meanwhile, just left the hate and opted to notice something obvious, that the child is nothing short of beautiful, tanned or not.
However, the better question here is, is sun tanning safe for kids? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that serious sunburns can present increased risk of skin cancer that may come at a later age.
"There's no other way to say it—tanning your skin is damaging skin. Any change in the color of your child's skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays," CDC pointed out, and that's the answer to this hullabaloo.
A child that has been exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun for a long time doesn't only mean higher risk for skin cancer, it could also be a cause for eye damage, skin damage, and immune system suppression. CDC suggests using long-sleeved shirts, hats, and glasses, and strongly advised the use of sunscreen.
On Decker's case, it is unclear if she had applied sunscreen on the child, but she might have done so during what looked like a vacation of the whole family. But as a mother to be a receiving end of such a huge backlash is harsh, especially that she is the mother and not everybody else. Speaking of mom-shaming, there have been other more ridiculous reasons celebrity mothers have been slammed. Kylie Jenner, for one, drew ire for having long nails.
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