Once upon a time, Kyle King was the mensch-y boyfriend Teen Mom fans couldn't imagine Maci Bookout living without. Looks like those days are long gone. The reality star recently caught her ex-boyfriend posting photos of her 4-year-old son Bentley on Twitter.
No surprise he has some pictures -- King is the guy who once babysat her son while she went to her college classes, who helped potty train the toddler. He was a very involved father figure when he was dating Maci, even though Bentley has a real dad (Maci's ex Ryan Edwards). But he wasn't acting like much of a father figure when Maci called him out on the photos.
King responded by calling Maci a "fake @ss super mom" and retweeted some negative comments about her. So much for nice guy Kyle, huh?
Eventually he pulled it all down, including the photos. But I have to ask what was he doing sharing those pictures in the first place? He's not in Bentley's life anymore. He needs to get over it and leave the poor kid alone! That means storing his photos somewhere offline.
As a photographer who often takes pictures of my child at events, I'm wary of how other parents feel about their kids' photos being shared. I own my photos. I can technically do with them what I want.
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The same goes for Kyle. If he has photos of Bentley, he can do with them what he wants. But he has to realize that the child's mom has the right to express her displeasure at him doing what he wants with her kid's image.
Maci didn't feel comfortable with her son's photos being shared. Is it a tad hypocritical because she posts photos of Bentley all the time?
Sure. But she's the kid's mom. She can express a concern, and it would behoove Kyle to see things from her perspective.
Maci is looking at these photos with the eye of a mom. You know the eye I'm talking about. You look over your own photos with it and decide what you'll share and what you won't, right?
Because photos of our kids aren't all created equal. I know I don't want photos of my daughter in her undies on the Internet, haunting her into her teen years. So I don't blame other parents for being cautious.
I respect other parents' feelings about the photos I take because it's going to make my life a whole lot easier in the long run. No one wants to be the a-hole who ticked off half the PTSO.
So I don't post photos to Facebook if I know the parents of a child in them are not comfortable with seeing their kid on Facebook. If I put a photo online and the parents were to ask for it to be taken down (this hasn't happened yet, but it could ...), I'd take it down. I would never tweet a photo of a kid who isn't mine or share them on my blog -- without their parent's permission.
This is just common courtesy, folks. It's not something to start a war over.
Do you think Maci has a right to call out Kyle for posting photos of Bentley? What do you make of his response?
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