As cute as this moment is, and I don’t want to take away from it, I felt a pang of guilt remembering how much her fans and the media hounded Curtis about her pregnancy. After being asked again about having a baby during “It’s Showtime’s” 10th anniversary press con, she stated, “The press should stop asking that to any woman because you don’t know what they’re going through.”
Listen: We need to be better when it comes to dealing with celebrities’ personal lives, especially when it involves their children. Remember when Solenn Heussaff, Curtis’ sister-in-law, also announced her baby’s birth and posted about the rude messages forcing her to reveal her baby’s face? “I’ve read comments like: ‘Is your baby ugly?’ ‘Aren’t you proud of her?’ ‘Is she abnormal?’ amongst other things,” she wrote.
Celebrities are allowed to have their own personal lives. They’re not obligated to let us pry into every aspect of it. “Celebrities have a right to be left alone,” writes Ian Caplin for The New York Times. Their children, especially, should be left alone; if Anne Curtis doesn’t ever post another photo of her child’s face, which is her prerogative, people shouldn’t force her to explain why.
When championing an anti-paparazzi bill for celebrities’ children in California, Halle Berry said this in her testimony: “These are little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities. They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening.”
Now, it’s a different thing entirely to ask celebrities about their thoughts on important issues, since we do need them to use their platforms for good when they can. But that’s a story for another day.