Social media can be awesome. It gives us a chance to follow the lives of celebrities we admire or like. We're able to stay connected to friends and family all over the world. We've met some of our best friends on social media, and likely would not have ever crossed paths with them in real life. Plus, there are all the hilarious memes and gifs. But most people have sort of a love/hate relationship with social media, and a lot of it has to do with the types of people you encounter online. If you've used social media and the internet for any length of time, you've most likely encountered a troll or two.
People who use the anonymity of the internet to be just awful. It's one of those things you have to deal with, and celebrities are typically targeted more frequently. But even among trolls, there should be some code of honor - you don't go after kids, EVER. However, that certainly doesn't stop awful people from attacking and criticizing the children of celebrities. Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are dealing with this now, after their son was body-shamed by some truly horrible people on Instagram. This is NEVER acceptable.
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So blessed to have been made a mommy 5 times thanks to these gorgeous creatures! I adore you Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn, and Beau. And, thank you @imdeanmcdermott for creating this magical family with me. And, to my bonus babe @thejackmonty I love you. And, a special love shout out to my mommy @candyspelling I love you! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere! Best job and honor in the entire world! #mothersday
Tori and Dean have five kids together - Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn, and Beau. Earlier this year, Tori shared a sweet photo of her family together, which should be totally fine! But it's Instagram, so of course the trolls came out in droves. However, rather than make gross comments about Tori or Dean, they went after 12-year-old Liam. Commenters body-shamed him, calling him fat and saying he looked terrible.
It's heartbreaking as a parent to have that kind of hate directed at one of your kids. Sadly, Liam read some of the comments. He asked his dad if he was obese, which we just can't even imagine. Dean handled the matter as any good dad would, assuring his son that these people are the lowest of the low and their words, while hurtful, come from a very dark place.
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One of the proudest days of my life as a mom this past week... graduation! - My first baby @liamaaronmcdermott2724 graduated from elementary school. He said goodbye to 6th grade and his school. His speech blew everyone away. He started at this school as a tiny little blonde babe and has grown into a kind, clever, smart, resilient, driven, funny, and amazing young man. So proud of his journey and can’t wait to watch him as he continues to blossom and move thru the next chapter of his life. I love you so much monkey and you make me proud every day with the unbelievable human that you are! #proudmom #thegraduate #graduation #liamaaronmcdermott
Dean hit back at some of the comments on Instagram, and rightfully so! No one should feel it appropriate to attack children, especially for their physical appearance. But we're glad to hear how he handled it with Liam. Having supportive parents on his side means he's already doing better than any of those cowards on Instagram!