John Legend's Point About Dad Shaming Is Spot-On

Mom-shaming is everywhere these days—but dad-shaming? Not so much. John Legend thinks we need to do something to change that.

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Chrissy Teigen, is certainly no stranger to mom-shaming. The candid star has been slammed for everything from her pregnancy cravings to the way she holds her own baby. But her husband? Well, he hasn't faced even a fraction of the criticism—and he knows why. It's because dad-shaming just isn't really a thing.

Legend has opened up this issue time and again, and we have to say it: His points are right on the money. While both of Luna and Miles' parents are unabashedly opinionated, only one of them (cough Chrissy!) seems to be on the receiving end of vitriol time and time again.

Back in February 2018, Legend shared that he had been trolled for photos of himself carrying Luna. “Yeah, it was hilarious,” the EGOT winner told Entertainment Tonight. “People, you know, I think people kind of, they see one photo and they want to make judgments 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 what you see on social media.”

But Legend knows that fathers get shamed far less frequently than mothers. In a September 2017 interview with TODAY Parents, Legend cited old-school gender roles and made an essential point about why moms get so much heat.

“I think the expectation from the general public is that the mom is more responsible for raising the child, and I think there’s more of a culture around mommy-shaming than there is around dad shaming, so Chrissy has to deal with it more," Legend noted.

Then there was the time that after the couple welcomed Luna, Teigen received flack for going out for date night with her husband. (What a crime, right? Let the woman live, people!) Interestingly enough, no one slung criticism at Legend...despite the fact that he was also out to dinner.

Legend took to social media to put the trolls in their place.

No matter how absurd it may be and regardless of the fact that we're well into the 21st century, parents continue to have to deal with this double standard. Thank goodness John Legend is taking on the trolls—and calling mom-shaming what it really is: sexist nonsense.

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