Pink Shares Why She Won't Post Her Kids on Social Media Anymore
By Paige Gawley
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The 39-year-old pop star stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Showon Monday and reveals that she's decided to stop posting photos of her two children -- Jameson, 2, and Willow, 7 -- with husband Carey Hart online. Pink made the decision as a result of rude comments on her photos.
On the show, DeGeneres shares an adorable video of Jameson playing with toy cars and screaming, "Dammit!" when one falls over. To Pink it was a hilarious video of her son, but commenters saw it differently.
"So many people on social media go in on me all the time and this one, some people were like, 'Nice language. I'm sure that came from you.' And 'What kind of a mother do you think you are?'" Pink recalled. "... Then somebody wrote, 'I'm a speech pathologist at the university of blah blah blah and I thought his... timing was just perfect. You have a very smart kid.' And I'm just reading like, 'I don't understand positivity.'"
Pink has never been one to shy away from a clapback, oftentimes simply because she can't help herself.
"I have to sometimes... Sometimes I feel like I can change their minds," she explains of responding to trolls. "I'm all about injustice. I don't like injustice. And I don't like how brave people are anonymously. And rude! Just mean. Mean spirited. And so I do. I go in. If I have time I go in."
One example of Pink fighting back came when she shared a shot of herself with her two children and a pelican. In the pic, Jameson wasn't wearing a diaper, something that some people took offense to.
"There's two sides to this, I see. And one is... I didn't look at the picture that way. I looked at it from, there was a pelican that flew into our room. It spent two hours with us, which was incredible," she says. "And then I got worried it was sick and I tried to call the animal rescue. No one wanted a pelican and it just became a whole thing. We tried to give it some smoked salmon. It was the only thing we had that was, like, fish!"
"It was this incredible experience for my family and I have a two year old. Two year olds don't like to wear wet swim diapers and apparently at some point he took it off. And I don't think like that," Pink continues. "We live on a farm. My kids are naked. It's what happens. I'm naked sometimes!"
Pink went on to reveal that people went as far as suggesting that child services be called, simply because Jameson didn't have a diaper on.
"I cried. I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. It's my proudest moment in my whole life. I prouder of my kids than anything I've ever done," she says while getting choked up. "And I just won't share them anymore. I won't do it. I'm not posting pictures of them anymore."
At the time, Pink deleted the post and reshared it with her son's private area covered up, writing that there's "something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there."
"Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all f**king disgusting," she wrote. "And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, and the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives... Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face."
While Pink says that she understands she has a responsibility to think things over since she's in the public eye, she thinks there's "a nice way to say that" and "a kind way to be online."
"Somebody else taught me two weeks ago that the word 'gypsy' is actually derogatory and I'm not a person that uses derogatory language," she tells DeGeneres. "I wrote back to them, 'Thank you so much for being so kind and educating me. I'm editing it. I'm taking it down and that word will never come out of my mouth again.'"
"There's a way to do things and that mean stuff, that ain't it," she continues, before adding of Willow that "it's also a good time because she's seven now, it's probably time to pull her back from the world and let her just live her best life."