As we have seen celebs can take a hit in the media. With their every move documented, judged or scrutinized some would say it the pitfalls of fame. But are their children off limits? Chilli of TLC says yes. Recently, Chilli born (Rozonda Thomas) launched an online petition against the popular site Mediatakeout for cyberbullying. The 42-year-old mom says the site and its owner Fred Mwangaguhunga consistently post negative stories about her 16-year-old son Tron and other celeb kids. In the petition she explains the need to protect her son explaining,
Most of you know me as a member of the group TLC, but everyone who knows me personally knows being a MOM is my number one priority. The health and safety of my son means more to me that any accomplishment or achievement I’ve received being an entertainer. 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.
The love for our children is one of the things that connects us across culture, race, age and even gender. I know there are many celebrity parents that have to or one day will have to comfort their children when being attacked by media and it isn’t right. 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.
There are countless anti-bullying campaigns geared towards teens and I support the message with my own non-profit, Chilli’s Crew. If we can rally to stop bullying in schools and via social media. How much more should we support an anti-bullying message for entertainment websites that host millions of readers a month? Who are the advertisers posting on these sites? Why are they supporting a site bullying minors? We need to make the website and their advertisers accountable.
Chilli is calling for the articles to be removed from their site and apology is issued to her son. The petition has garnered close to 1,000 signatures. Owner Mwangaguhunga has yet to release an official statement.
What do you think? Are celebrity children off limits?
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