Hilary Duff Hits Out At Trolls Before They Can Slam Her Over Piercing Baby Daughter’s Ears
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It’s a sad state of affairs when celebrities can practically predict when they’re going to get abuse online – but that’s exactly what Hilary Duff had to do.
The former Lizzie McGuire star took to Instagram Stories to share the news that she had pierced her seven-month-old daughter’s ears.
Already predicting the backlash, Duff captioned the post: “Yes! I pierced her ears today. Can’t wait for the internet to call me a child abuser....again. Lesss go. [sic]”
The actor was referring to an incident that took place two years ago, after she shared a picture of piercing her older daughter’s ears when she was eight months old.
Many people were quick to pour scorn of Duff’s parenting choices at the time, with some even going as far as to liken piercing a child’s ears as ‘abuse.’
“I can’t fathom why you would you think it’s okay to have your daughter’s ears pierced. Causing her a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort,” one person wrote.
"And tell me how did it make you feel sitting there and watching her have pain inflicted on her unnecessarily?”
A second person added: “I can't believe someone who seemed so screwed on pierced her babies ears, causing unnecessary pain that isn't for medical reasons done by a fully qualified medical professional is child abuse in my eyes.”
Others, however, did stick up for Duff, with one person responding: “Baby is fine and ear piercing is so far from abuse! But hey, lets promote mom shaming and online bullying from all the keyboard warriors.
"Go find something else to do. It does not effect your life, MOVE ON! [sic]"
Former Disney star Duff has since said she’s learned to ignore the haters, and focus on tangible things that really matter, in a recent interview with Yahoo.
“At first I want to be defensive, but when I zoom out, I’m like, ‘It’s one person. That’s not how everybody feels. That doesn’t really matter. That person’s, like, a keyboard gangster who just needs to be heard or seen,’” she said.