When my daughter was 2, I sent out a Happy New Year card that featured a shot of her from the back, wearing a tiara, a long rope of fake pearls...and nothing more. I captioned the shot—which featured her adorable baby buns in all their naked glory—"The end."
To say the card was a huge hit among its recipients would be a massive understatement. But 2004 was a different time. A time before words like Facebook and Instagram and phrases like "Internet trolls" were part of the lexicon.
Now, it seems, you can't post a run-of-the-mill Coppertone baby butt pic without inciting a bunch of rabid haters. If you don' believe me, go check out the comments on Olivia Wilde's Instagram post of her 19-month-old son Otis chilling naked outside while rocking a big ol' cowboy hat.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Wilde captioned the artsy pic "Naked Cowboy," before later going back to add the following parenthetical: "(apparently unsuitable for those unaware that humans have butts)."
Oh, snap! I always knew I liked that girl!
Remarks from those less enthused ranged from "I don't want to see kid porn" to "Why post nude pics of your child? So many psychos out there!"
All of which just begs the question...is that commenter one of those said psychos?
The thing about haters, though, is that their spitefulness tends to brings out the good in others. And sure enough, several people soon rushed to Wilde's defense.
"I can't believe this is even a topic of discussion," wrote one.
"This picture is ADORABLE!" added another. "Some people just aren't happy unless they are causing problems."
And while we give mad props to every single commenter who came out of the woodwork to defend what we think is nothing more than a beautiful, innocent image, we have to give a special shoutout to Instagram user cassellcb for seeing past all the brew-ha-ha and summing the shot up this way:
"Best Matthew McConaughey impression ever."