Last month, we reported that Alicia Silverstone posted a video of herself pre-chewing food for her son, and then feeding him mouth-to-mouth. This strange (and let’s just admit it, disgusting) habit has gotten Alicia Silverstone back into the limelight, and the actress herself now answers to all of the criticism her video has earned her.
“I can understand that it would make some people feel uncomfortable, possibly, because it’s new to them,” Silverstone admitted in an ET interview on April 27. “But I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years, still going on all over the place and it’s natural.”
The “fact” that this has been normal for thousands of years appears to have been made up on the spot, as it doesn’t quite explain everyone’s shock and disgust in reacting to her feeding method. Nevertheless, she posted a video on her website, “The Kind Life“, showing the practice with her 10-month-old, Bear, and honestly didn’t seem to make much ado about it. It really does seem like she regards the practice as “normal”.
The video has become a viral sensation with just under 2 million views on Youtube. The original blog post that accompanied the video on her website said, “He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating,” adding, “This video was taken about a month or 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Despite her critics, Silverstone still stands by her method, saying, “It’s a part of the weaning process, so while I’m still breast-feeding it’s just a way to introduce him to food when he doesn’t have teeth and things like that and he can’t chew.”
I guess that does make sense. But it still makes me uncomfortable.
On another note, Alicia Silverstone does still act, and will be seen this October in the comedy film Butter, starring Twilight‘s Ashley Green and Wolverine‘s Hugh Jackman.