I had the chance to interview Chilli and T Boz for the site a few weeks ago, and not only is Chilli incredibly sweet, but she’s a dedicated and loving mom. I could tell that from the way she talked about her child, and from her bag, which had the picture of her 16-year-old son Tron on it (if you’ve seen her old reality show, you’ve seen one of the bags). And she continues to prove that today, as the TLC singer created a petition against the website MediaTakeOut to push them to stop slandering the children of famous folks, and minors in general. Recent posts on the site have tried to make insinuations about Tron’s sexuality, talked about his choice of attire at events with his mom, and more things that came to the attention of Chilli, and enraged her. Here’s a little bit of what she had to say in the petition, which you can see in full here:
“Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son. MediaTakeOut.com has posted numerous false stories about me, and other celebrity friends of mine and while I don’t like it, I realize that is a part of what comes with celebrity. However when my 16-year-old son is being attacked, that is when I take off the celebrity hat and become the protective Mother that I am, and I know many of you are.
Adults have the mental capacity to deal and prioritize. Most importantly my son had no choice in who his mother was just like many other celebrity kids do not. It isn’t fair that our children have to deal with cyber bullying because of the career choice of their parents. Anyone under the age of 18 should not be ridiculed or targeted by MediaTakeOut.com or any other website.”
A rep for Chilli, Christal Jordan, also put out a statement expressing her own disappointment with the way Chilli’s son has been portrayed in the media, and she says that he has indeed noticed:
“Working with Chilli over the last seven years, I have seen Tron grow into an amazing kid that I love very much and it bothered me that I had nothing more to tell him than “ignore it” it will go away. Well the truth is, it hasn’t gone away and while MediaTakeOut.com owner Fred Mwangaguhunga is a father himself, for some reason he finds nothing wrong with making personal attacks on celebrity children. MediaTakeOut.com
constantly posts negative headlines on not just Chilli’s son, but also Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s children, Puffy’s twin daughters and even Jay Z and Beyoncé’s baby Blue Ivy. Yes celebrities are fair game in this entertainment industry, but at some point we must draw the line. No one’s child deserves to be ridiculed by a public domain.”
Since the petition came out, Fred Mwangaguhunga, CEO and founder of the site, has already come out with an apology and promised to deal with the individuals behind such stories about Tron.
It has come to my attention that in an article posted on MediaTakeOut.com on October 28th, some inappropriate comments were made towards Tron Austin, the son to Rozonda “Chili” Tomas.
As many of you are aware, MediaTakeOut.com has a strict policy against criticizing children, whether children of celebrities or otherwise. It’s not clear how an article that clearly violated our stated policy was published, but rest assured that I will get to the bottom of it. I plan to take action against the MTO staffer who wrote the article, and put in place additional safeguards to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Our sincere apologies go out to Tron, Chili, his family and anyone else that were offended by our comments.
Fred Mwangaguhunga Editor, MediaTakeOut.com
Folks definitely crossed the line, but they’ve been doing these type of stories for a while, so Fred isn’t fooling anybody...What do you think of Mwanagaguhunga’s apology?