Tori Spelling has come a long way since the 90210 days. Being a celebrity mom has its own challenges, as the star discovered when her child inadvertently read rumours about his own family in a tabloid front page while at the supermarket checkout line. According to an article in Today Moms, while Spelling considers herself fair game for trash talk, she draws the line when it comes to her kids.
Sure tabloid rumours come and go and pass in the blink of an eye, yet the lies they tell can harm children who don't know better, who take the printed word as gospel. Evidenced when Spelling's 6-year-old son Liam read the headlines on the Star magazine claiming that his parents were divorcing.
Imagine his pride at sounding out the word DIVORCE only to see his image below, and the caption "Who will get the kids?"
Spelling was then left with the task of calming her young, confused, and distressed children. Her son was teary. "Why is someone getting us? Where are you and Dad going?" he apparently asked in the car.
How do you explain to a 6-year-old that some people make a living from spinning lies? Take shots at me, wrote Spelling on her site ediTORIal, but keep my children out of it.
"I wonder if any of those writers have children?" she asked. "How would they feel if their child had to read something so hurtful and confusing? How do they sleep at night knowing they've potentially emotionally scarred, and if nothing else, terrified innocent children?"
I feel for Spelling. It's high time the media picks on people its own size, and spares the children.
"Love stories and fairy tales" hardly make for good copy, and that's too bad. "That’s not the world I want my children growing up in." Me, neither, Tori, me neither.