Dear Internet Trolls, Can You Save Aishwarya Rai The Unsolicited Parenting Advice?
The thing about the internet is that it allows you to put your thoughts out there… every one of them… uninhibited! You can express your opinions, make memes and have an audience much wider than your own offline circle. But with great power, comes the ability to misuse it too. That’s exactly why the internet is not exactly a ‘good vibes only’ space, and is rather filled with trolls who are basically people sitting behind a screen, waiting to target and pull down anyone who comes their way. But it’s not people like you and me who suffer most. It’s the celebrities who have to bear the brunt of these enthusiastic digital bashers. The trolls’ latest victim: Aishwarya and Aaradhya. When Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived with daughter Aaradhya at Cannes 2019, it didn’t go down well with these netizens.
Although this isn’t Aaradhya’s first time at Cannes, people took it upon themselves to let Ash know that she must leave her daughter at home. Someone wrote, “You are making your daughter your shadow. Let her rise on her own. Don’t expose her so much. She is only the celebrity child we see so much on social media.” Another person commented asking, “Isn’t that little girl supposed to be in school?” One more person decided to give gyaan on how to be a good mother, “Please as a mother protective hona is good but Aishwarya ne kuch zyada hi had ki hai….this is not done. Leave this child now she also need sometime.”
All of these comments have been coming from people who have no clue about the lives celebrities lead. No, we aren’t celebrities either, needless to say. But we understand that Aaradhya does come from the first family of Bollywood in a way, and she is used to the exposure and paparazzi. It may not be so common for us, but when your mother is a global icon, exposure to the shutterbugs is only expected. And it’s not just Aaradhya, look at the spotlight on Taimur Ali Khan.
If anything, Aishwarya has given her little one the right mix of exposure and protection from media. And Aaradhya seems to be adjusting to it in the most natural and healthy way. In all honesty, we think she will grow up to be a confident woman with a natural flair of being in the limelight. So why are netizens getting their panties in a knot? Why have Ash’s parenting methods become a matter of national importance?
Just before Cannes, Aishwarya Rai had shared a cute family picture with hubby Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya. What could she be possibly doing wrong? Seems so normal, right? But the trolls, known for their eye-for-detail, spotted makeup on Aaradhya’s face and decided to start giving parenting advice to Aishwarya.
While we were going aww over Aaradhya’s cute dance videos from Shiamak Davar’s Summer Funk show, some of us were finding something to adulterate the proud moment for her parents. When Aishwarya shared a picture of the trio, all hell broke loose because Aaradhya had eyeliner and lipstick on.
Comments started pouring in, all having a single common theme – all of them thought they have the authority to decide what’s better for another woman’s daughter. Someone wrote, “Your daughter looks better without makeup..she’s too young for lipstick and eyeliner”. Another person went on to impose her own parenting methods on Aishwarya, because why not, “I have a daughter and I most definitely don’t want her wearing makeup until her skins mature enough to take all that chemicals. Kids skin are very sensitive and makeup has really strong chemicals.”
This is not even the most ridiculous of trolling that happened to the mother-daughter duo. Recently, Aishwarya was also trolled for holding her daughter’s hand outside a restaurant. One Instagram user wrote, “Aish needs to cut the umbilical cord. The girl is in her eighth year.”
This is all not knew to Ash though. Last year, when she uploaded an adorable picture of her pecking Aaradhya on the lips, the trolls left no shame in bashing her. They called her a lesbian and even said she might be sexually assaulting her daughter. Like how disgusting can your mental process be? Okay, so she and her family doesn’t adhere to your school of thought, but hey, she can’t be responsible for your narrow-mindedness!
Point is, the mother-daughter duo are trolled, time and again for the most ridiculous of things! And it’s high time people should show some compassion or at least shut the f**k up? Thankfully, Ash is a strong woman and she knows how to deal with a bunch of digital abusers. In an interview to an entertainment website, she spoke up, “We know we are being watched. We know the photograph is out there for judgment. So if I wanted to be artificial, I wouldn’t do it. But I’m really not going to play into that.”
In fact, Ash has no time for trolls. In an interview with SpotboyE, she said, “Sharing that she has no time for trolls, Aishwarya had stated, “It’s the approach, sense of self, self-confidence, self-esteem and finding strength in our capabilities that I find liberating. Be in tune with who you are because that keeps you positive. Once you start radiating that positivity, there is no stopping you.”