3-Time Dad Matthew McConaughey Thinks Changing Diapers Is Beneath Him

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matthew mcconaugheyI've always admired those celebrity dads who, despite their A-list status, are still so hands-on as parents, because they truly want to be an integral part of their kids' lives.

And that's why I was so disappointed when I heard that Matthew McConaughey isn't changing his new son Livingston's diapers. Yes, Matthew McConaughey -- as in the same dude who is always seen playing with his kids on the beach and looking all happy and normal and totally unpretentious.

At the New York Film Critics Circle Award Dinner, he told People, "I was there (not sure where he means) this morning, so I guess I am running home. But I'm not changing the diapers."

Oh, yeah, he said that all right. And when asked who is changing his newborn son's diapers, he simply said, "Somebody." (WTF?)

Wow. I don't know about you, but Matthew definitely went down a few notches in my book after that statement.

I don't care how famous you are, if you're a dad, you should be ready and willing to get your hands dirty and take on every single task that every other parent in America has to take on -- including running the risk of being pooped on, peed on, or a combination of both while changing diapers.

And sadly, celebrity dads aren't the only "fathers" who refuse to do diaper duty. Not too long ago, I knew a guy (we'll call him a former friend) who also refused to change his baby girls' diapers, and I always viewed him as a total deadbeat for thinking he was somehow above cleaning up after his own kids. What's even worse is that he used to brag about the fact that he refused to change diapers -- like admitting it was supposed to make him sound more endearing to those around him or something. (For the record, it didn't. What a loser.)

Yes, diapers can be messy. And yes, sometimes (like when a major blowout is involved) they can be nothing short of gross and gag-inducing. But it's also part of the deal when it comes to having babies, and if you aren't going to take it on, then perhaps you shouldn't have become a dad in the first place.

Ok, so maybe I'm overreacting a bit because my husband was just so hands-on with our son and has never complained about any part of parenting, so I expect all dads to be the same way. But honestly, shouldn't all moms expect the father of their children to step up to the plate and be involved in every aspect of parenting? Is that really asking too much?

Does your baby's father change diapers?

 

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the4m... the4mutts

I would NEVER father children with a man who refused to change diapers. If I can, so can he. Luckilly my xh and my s/o have always been hands on dads.

That being said:

If I were a multi-millionaire, I might just never change a diaper my damn self. Think about it. He can afford for someone to do the dirty work for him, AND there are plenty of people, myself included, who would jump through a flaming hoop for the chance to care for children while making a great salary.

I would gladly pay someone to do the icky stuff, or be paid for doing it.

He's furthering the economy in my opinion.

nonmember avatar christina

Is it at all possible he is joking? My SO changes diapers. Although sometimes we go back and forth over whos turn it is.

cleig... cleigh717

Yeah he's gone down a few notches in my book too. Being a parent isn't always a great job. Changing diapers prepares u for that. Temper tantrums prepare u for that. How's he going to handle the unpleasant stuff latr if he won't do the unpleasant stuff now? My man would change diapers if we used disposable. I prefer cloth and he's makes up for it in other ways like letn me sleep in. And I'm a sahm so it works out to me. My man will be ready when our litl ones become big ones and have unpleasant things that need to be dealt with. We r a team. We don't have a team of staff unlike matt up there. Would we? I doubt it. I like being a mother and being involved no matr how much money we had I want my kids to know I was there thick and thin neat and messy always.

Woofi... WoofieMom

I'm with you, Mutts. More jobs being created in this economy is not always a bad thing. I don't think refusing to handle baby poo makes you a bad parent.

PonyC... PonyChaser

How many women change their own oil? Fix the toilet when it's leaking? Fix that septic/sewer backup because someone threw something down the toilet that didn't belong? Heck, how many women call their spouses in to squish a spider?


Some guys don't like it. Big, fat, hairy deal. What's he doing otherwise? Playing with the kids? Spending time with them? Teaching them? Disciplining them? Singing them to sleep, cuddling them when they hurt, holding them when they have a nightmare?


Diapers don't make a dad.

sand008 sand008

Wow that coming from a man that has three kids. My husband would gag and make faces but he would Change our son's diapers .

Heath... HeatherJo11

I definitely change most of them. But then again I'm home with the kids while he's working his ass off at work. When he comes home dirty, sweaty and tired. I like to let him relax, maybe I'm weird, but that's just how our house operates. If I'm busy cooking or doing something or really into my favorite show. He'll handle one here or there, perfectly willingly. I guess its just mostly habit that I do the majority.

Maias... MaiasMommy619

My husband works a lot so I can stay home and raise our children...He provides me and this family with way more than most people could even imagine...so I dont give a sh*t if he ever changes a diaper. In my book he does a lot for us already!

jalaz77 jalaz77

OMG pretty sure he is kidding. This article is ridiculous. And yes my hubby changes diapers.

antfa... antfarmer101

I don't know whether he's being serious or not, but I do personally know a dad who acts as though his job ended when he pulled out. Three kids and five years later, the man has still not changed one diaper. I'm currently debating whether or not I can stay friends with the mom, given how she just accepts his behavior.


Now, my husband does EVERYTHING I do. He does diapers, baths, middle of the night vomiting. He may not pick up his dirty clothes, but the man is a hell of a father. I hope my daughters find men as good to father their children.

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