Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are regarded as one of Hollywood’s most-loved couples, but to haters on the internet, they might as well be the devil. On Friday, the 37-year-old singer and 36-year-old actress were confronted with an onslaught of parent-shaming after they instagrammed a picture of their 3-year-old son Silas with—yup—long hair.
The picture, which was posted on Timberlake’s Instagram, featured Silas giving his mom a kiss outside a building in Paris. “If that pic doesn’t say ‘City Of Love’ then I’m out…” Timberlake wrote in the caption. However, not everyone was convinced of the love.
Shortly after the Instagram was posted, Timberlake was flooded with comments accusing him and Biel of abusing their son for allowing his hair to grow out. Many critics also left mean comments about Biel and Timberlake’s son, calling him their “daughter” and shaming them for not only allowing Silas to grow his hair past his shoulders, but also dressing him in what some claim is a “feminine” romper. A few comments included:
“I thought that son was a daughter which is just another reason why it shouldn’t grow out.”
“Plz cut that boy’s hair for god sakes.”
“Long hair and feminine-romper looking thing… sheesh.”
“The little boy needs a fucken hair cut boys in life have short hair for a reason.”
“cut that boy’s hair or have a girl!”
“I thought it was a little girl? … they should cut his hair before it’s too late!”
Though shaming someone as a parent is never OK, criticizing a child—one who is 3 years old, at that—takes mommy-shaming to a whole new low. The Timberlake-Biel family is beautiful, no matter how long Silas’s hair is, and no one knows better for the boy than his own parents.
Plus, to people who are calling Silas “a girl” and Timberlake and Biel’s “daughter” because he has long hair, stop reinforcing stupid gender norms. Let’s stop the parent-shaming and allow Silas—and his hair and parents—to live in peace.