Poor Mackenzie Douthit McKee. The Teen Mom 3 star uploads one little innocent family photo to Instagram, and people start accusing her of exposing her toddler to violence! OK, so maybe the photo wasn't just of her growing family. In fact, it featured Mackenzie, her husband Josh McKee, the couple's 2-year-old son Gannon, and a dead deer.
Make that a dead deer with its guts on display. WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO ahead! Turn back now if you have a weak stomach!
All right now, was that so bad?
I'll be honest; I follow several of the Teen Mom stars on Instagram because, well, it's my job. I saw this photo shortly after Mackenzie posted it, and I just nodded and kept going.
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What I see in that photo is a dad who shot a nice buck who wants to show it off. What I see in that photo is a father who shot a LOT of upcoming meals for his family.
That's not exposing a child to violence. That's acknowledging to our kids that their food comes from somewhere.
As Mackenzie said on Twitter:
We were all raised a different way, so why judge one another? I was raised an Ok. girl I hunt & fish for food and married a bronc rider.— Mackenzie McKee (@DouthitKenzie) November 1, 2013
Perhaps it's because, like Mackenzie, I was raised in a rural area, I don't see the big deal. Photos of dead deer appear in my local newspaper around this time every year, many with children standing next to Dad (or Mom!). When I was growing up, the first day of deer season was a scheduled day off school.
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Kids in the country are accustomed to hunting as a way of life. We know that it's how many families put food on the table.
In my house we don't hunt, nor do we eat venison. In fact, I'm a vegetarian -- although my husband and daughter both eat meat. But my daughter has long known that the critters she pets when we visit a local farm may well end up on someone's dinner plate -- even her own.
Kids have to learn about it sooner or later. So why not start them young, start them at Gannon's age when they're young enough to accept this is a fact of life instead of getting scared or upset?
Be honest: what's your gut reaction (no pun intended!) upon seeing the photo? Would you let YOUR kid pose like that?