On Friday, Professional motocross rider Carey Hart, who is also the husband of pop star Pink, took a chance to call out the ”parent police” (i.e. those compelled to remark on the parenting practices of others) while posting an Instagram photo of himself riding on a jet ski with his 16-month-old son Jameson. The photo was taken during a recent vacation to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Hart didn’t even give other parents a chance to be critical, heading them off with a caption addressing the inevitable criticism. The post made light of the peculiar trend of celebrity fathers and mothers getting called out on Instagram.
“Jameson and I idling around yesterday in ft. Lauderdale. Short ride since he was getting splashed and not too stoked,” Hart wrote. “Don’t worry parent police, he is safe and I put him right back in his bubble when we were done.”
This isn’t the first time Hart has clapped back (or clapped first or whatever) against overzealous parents commenting on pictures of his kids. After Hart posted a picture of Jameson standing on the handles of his dirt-bike, he told parents not to worry because ”He is perfectly safe. I put him right back in his bubble wrap.” Hart can be given credit for having a sense of humor and a pretty solid Instagram account, but points should be subtracted for recycling the joke.
Other famous dads have elected to take a swing at difficult parents on social media. After his wife was shamed for ‘irresponsible parenting’ more than a handful of times,and after he himself was criticized for holding his daughter in his arm too much, singer John Legend finally addressed the obsession some parents have with correcting each other on social media.
“They see one photo and they want to make judgements about how people live their life and I think the best advice for all of us is, let parents be parents and don’t criticize on [sic] what you see on social media,” Legend said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.