If it was attention that Bethenny Frankel wanted, then it was attention that Bethenny Frankel got. Although, Bethenny may not have gotten exactly the kind of attention she wanted. Or, maybe the scandal Frankel has stirred up is exactly what this former star of The Real Housewives of New York City was hoping for. One can only speculate at this point.
What did Bethenny do? This 43-year-old mom and “Skinny Girl” beverage mogul slipped on her 4-year-old daughter’s Hello Kitty pajamas and decided to make a full-length selfie and post it to Instagram, per L.A. Times. That’s right. The nightgown that would normally reach close to the ankles of a child, was stretched so tight around Bethenny that Hello Kitty looked like Looney Tunes’ Sylvester, and the nightgown barely covered Frankel’s torso.
What makes this even more interesting is the caption reported by CBS News that Bethenny wrote for this PJ picture. “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” Uh, no, Bethenny, not really. Although, you could save tons of money by shopping in the children’s department. But your selection may be limited to Dora The Explorer, Barbie, and Cinderella.
According to CBS News, Frankel’s Hello Kitty pajama picture sparked over 500 comments, which most were inflammatory, degrading, and reprimanding.
We’ve all seen commercials and comedies where dads dress up and play house with their daughters, or dress up for a tea party. Even Buzz Lightyear dressed up as Mrs. Nesbitt in Toy Story for a tea party. But no criticisms seemed to be flying around about those instances. So, why is Bethenny Frankel being bashed for this Instagram photo?
The answer is obvious. It is because Bethenny Frankel has made it public knowledge that she is obsessed with her weight. L.A. Times even claims her “lifestyle brand focuses on thinness.” And in Frankel’s 2010 interview with People Magazine, she admitted, “I was owned by dieting. I hated myself. I was completely obsessed and consumed.” So, squeezing into her child’s pajamas and using it as a photo op was probably not Frankel’s wisest choice.
Bethenny received comments like those reported by Time such as the one Instagram user jenmo2222 wrote: “I’m sorry this isn’t cute…a grown woman shouldn’t be the size of a 4-year-old especially when they have admitted to having an eating disorder in the past…!”
Quick on the heels of that comment was user nonniedidit, “Women shouldn’t brag about being as thin as a small child… Go eat a sandwich.”
Commenters seemed to believe that Frankel could be imposing her ideas of body image and thinness on her young, vulnerable daughter. L.A. Times reveals that one commenter questioned Frankel’s “parenting skills and her potential for ‘body-shaming’ her daughter. One even compared the ‘naturally thin’ Frankel to parents who don’t understand why it’s bad to leave a child in a hot car.” Wow! Really? Is it normal that some people go to such extremes over something that is just so silly?
What was Bethenny Frankel’s response to these overwhelming posts? “When ur 4 year old peanut says “mommy please put my dress on” & giggles uncontrollably, u do what ur told.” Bethenny, while the comparison to slipping on your daughter’s pajamas and posting a picture of it to Instagram in relation to leaving a child in a hot car may be going to the extreme, there is nothing wrong with playing dress up with your daughter. But next time, save yourself the hassle and don’t share it with the world.
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