A mother’s first instinct is to protect her child at all times. No one gets to talk bad about her baby and when it happens in public? Oh no. That’s why we’re actually really behind Chilli saying it’s time for MediaTakeOut to stop spreading nasty rumors about her 15-year-old son Tron and other children of celebrities.
The singer has gone so far as to start a Change.org petition because the grown folks over there thought it was okay to spread rumors that her son is gay.
“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.”
MediaTakeOut backpedaled nicely, with an apology from CEO Fred Mwangaguhung posted on the site. The most offensive posts were taken off the site, but the damage has been done. You can’t really take back that kind of thing. And because it’s what gets people reading, who’s to say they’re ever going to stop writing about Tron? And if it’s not Tron, it will be someone else’s kid.
Celebrities put themselves out there, making them fair game. But children? That’s something different. At the time of this writing, the petition has about 1,160 signatures.
Do you think the MediaTakeOut apology will change anything?