Kids are not off-limits when it comes to celebrity critics, and Tia Mowry experienced that firsthand when her 3 year-old son, Cree, was attacked for his hairstyle. Tia chose to let Cree’s natural hair grow long and she’s been styling it in top knots, much to the chagrin of her followers. They’ve left comments asking her to cut his hair, and saying that long hair and top knots aren’t fit for a little boy to wear. After enduring the slander silently, Tia finally addressed her detractors on Instagram yesterday:

“I am proud to have a SON that embraces his natural hair :). Hair length does not define your sex. Last I checked a penis and a vagina does. Pick up a book, educate yourself, and embrace cultures outside of your own and maybe you will see that there are PLENTY of MEN wearing top knots and MEN with long hair. Here’s a shout out to all the moms who have boys and girls with natural hair! Live ON!”

This is not the first time a celebrity child has endured criticism for their hair. Blue Ivy was targeted for her afro, which critics felt was unkempt. Though Beyonce never formally responded, Blue’s hair was straightened and styled in puffs and buns following the backlash.

Why do people feel empowered to chastise these children because of their hair texture, style and length? Blue and Cree didn’t ask to be celebrities and yet, they are berated on social media just because they’re in the public eye. What it will it take for people to stop attacking other people’s kids? And if it was your child, how would you handle it?

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