We know, we know, Madonna is the hippest mother -- and maybe even woman over 40 -- on planet Earth, and as the holder of such a title, the rest of us are expected to excuse anything she does that comes off as unorthodox. But her latest attempt to seem closer to her 13-year-old son Rocco Ritchie's age than her own is truly bizarre and not at all what we'd expect from an intelligent woman who had a solid reputation as being a strict mom. Madonna posted a photo on Instagram of Rocco and two of his young friends holding bottles of alcohol on a vacation in the Swiss Alps. The 55-year-old pop queen, who captioned the photo, "The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014," says we all need to chill out because the photo is no big deal.
If Rocco were 18, I'd say, "Okay, maybe." After all, 18 is the legal age to drink in many countries. But 13?! Wait -- make that 13 and the son of a billionaire superstar who probably needs to be protected more than most from alcohol and drugs? Oh, Madonna ...
Rocco is the little chap in the middle holding a bottle of gin. The one standing to the left of a kid who looks like he is still in grammar school. Let's forget for a second whether Madonna feels it's okay to post this photo. What about the parents of these other children? Did she clear it with them first or just assume it's dandy? I'd be pretty annoyed, I have to admit.
I don't see how this is any different from taking a snapshot of her young teen holding drugs in his hand. If I were Madonna, I'd be super-alert to the risks this child faces as the son of two people with money and fame. Whether she allows Rocco to take a drink at home or not, making a joke out of it sends the message that it's really no big deal. Thirteen is simply way too young an age to start indulging. Ask Drew Barrymore or Lindsay Lohan.
I'm not suggesting Madonna is a bad parent -- that's not for me to judge. But posting a photo like this one certainly makes me question whether she suffered from a momentary lapse of reason. Come on, Madonna, you know better.
What do you think of the photo Madonna posted of Rocco on her Instagram?
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