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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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John Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, is certainly no stranger to mommy 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 opened up this issue recently, and we have to say it: His points are right on the money. While both of Baby Luna's parents are unapologetic when speaking their opinions, only one of them seems to be on the receiving end of vitriol time and time again. And that's just not fair.

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," he told TODAY Parents. 

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This isn't the first time the dad has addressed this issue. Shortly 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.

Teigen shared a tweet about the shamers, and Legend weighed in on the situation with "Funny there's no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn't have to take it all. We'll split it.​"

​​ What Legend is saying here is so important. As women, we face down double standards at nearly every turn in life, and it's going to take a lot of work to completely change that. But motherhood is hard enough without mom shaming—and we wish all the people who are so quick to judge moms would just ask themselves if they'd say the same thing to or about a father.