PREACH IT! Unless you’re Gisele Bundchen. In that case, seriously, muzzle it.
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Another interview, another chance for supermodel Gisele Bundchen to stick her superfoot into her designer supermouth. First came the declaration that “a lot” of women ‘get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals.’ (She’s a model,” one commenter noted. ‘Just because us regular moms took nine months to a year to lose the baby fat doesn’t mean we were sitting on the couch stuffing junk food in our face.’)
Now, in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Bundchen tackled the medical nuances of breastfeeding. How? By saying that every mom should be required to do it by ‘worldwide law.’
‘I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,’ she intoned.
Right. Because every mom who gives her 5-month-old formula -- or ‘chemicals,’ as Bundchen so neatly put it -- is just a selfish creature. A lazy selfish creature who probably waddles about in size 6 jeans from the Gap while remaining shamefully ignorant on Versace’s color palette for the spring.
Real mothers in the real world, naturally, jumped on Bundchen’s declaration.
‘I find her comments in this interview to be quite ignorant and insensitive,’ one woman commented ...
... via People’s online site. ‘Yes, breastfeeding is ideal. However, there are many women and babies for that matter who cannot for a variety of reasons. As the mother of a premature baby who was on a ventilator and then feeding tubes, I know of [what] I speak.’ ‘Another mom who doesn’t understand why everyone else doesn’t have it just like she does,’ read a second comment.
Of course these clueless critics don’t get it. Why? Because Bundchen says they don’t get it. Or, more precisely, they somehow misread that sentence about the worldwide law.
‘My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law,’ she wrote. ‘It comes from my passion and beliefs about children.’
So, to clarify: Bundchen did say there ought to be a law, but by that, she meant there shouldn’t be a law, and anyone who doesn’t get that is beyond help.
And oh, one more thing: Her comments in the Harper’s story were taken ‘out of context.’
-- Leslie Gornstein
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