John Legend Speaks Out About Why 'Dad Shaming' Isn't Really A Thing

The singer exposed the sexist double standard of mom shaming.
09/18/2017 03:08pm ET
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Legend says he feels guilty about the amount of criticism his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, receives. 

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen is well-known for her hilarious, outspoken responses to would-be shamers on social media. In a recent interview, her husband and co-parent, John Legend, pointed out the sexist double standard around the phenomenon of mom shaming.

Legend told Today Parents he feels guilty about the amount of criticism Teigen has to deal with, and explains the unfair nature of how moms are treated versus dads.

“I think the expectation from the general public is that the mom is more responsible for raising the child, and I think there’s more of a culture around mommy shaming than there is around dad shaming,” he said. “So Chrissy has to deal with it more.”

The 38-year-old musician has pointed out the unfair level of criticism that moms face before. In 2016, when the couple went out to dinner shortly after the birth of their daughter, Luna, Teigen tweeted several screenshots of comments from people lambasting her for leaving her young child at home.

Legend responded with another pitch-perfect critique of mommy-shaming culture, tweeting, “Funny there’s no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We’ll split it.”

For her part, Teigen told Today in August that despite her brassy clapbacks, the mom-shaming comments bother her.

“It gets to me every time,” she said, citing incidents where she was shamed for letting her daughter wear “chemical-laden” jelly shoes and for eating cereal while pregnant.

“You realize you’re going to get it no matter what, and it started when I was pregnant,” she said. “If I seem like I don’t care, I definitely care.”