Living in the spotlight means that celeb moms such as Kelly Clarkson often take the brunt of the working mom-shaming. Apparently, that doesn’t change even in the middle of a pandemic. Ugh.
The singer and mom, to 6-year-old River and 4-year-old Remy, announced in June 2020 that she was splitting from hubby of seven years, Brandon Blackstock, with whom she also shares two stepchildren, 19-year-old Savannah and 13-year-old Seth. After tweeting that she’d be filling in for America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell for an episode, certain Twitter users had a lot to say about the singer’s choices.
“No wonder her marriage didn’t work… surprise [sic] she has time for her kids… not the good old country girl we fell in love with… no tears for her… but for her kids,” one troll wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
You didn’t think Kelly was just going to take that, did you? The talk show host and coach on The Voice spoke for all of us in her reply to that cranky commenter.
“Wow. Shaming a woman who has a great work ethic, is a great mom, and who steps up and fills in when a friend asks for a favor because that’s actually what ‘good old country girls’ do…. this can’t be who you are deep down,” Kelly wrote. “I have more faith in your heart. Aim higher please.”
And that’s how it’s done. This isn’t the only time the American Idol winner has been outspoken about being a working mom. In 2019, she opened up about the guilt she feels and how she prioritizes her kids, despite a busy schedule.
Last year, Tamron Hall, another working mom talk show host, shut down a troll on her Instagram who similarly shamed her for having a career. “I am sick of this…This mom shame lameness is so corny and toxic,” Tamron so eloquently wrote. When will it end?
To all the mommy-shamers, it’s time to “aim higher.” To all the mamas dealing with working mom guilt, let Kelly’s clapback serve as a reminder that you’re doing the best you can, and that’s all that matters.