Alicia Silverstone slammed for taking baths with 9-year-old son in quarantine: 'What a sicko'
Alicia Silverstone is facing backlash for revealing that she takes baths with her 9-year-old son during the coronavirus quarantine. When the New York Times asked the 'Clueless' actress how she was passing her time during the lockdown when people are unable to attend social events, she revealed that she was taking the time to bond with her son Bear Blu, whom she shares with ex-husband Christopher Jarecki. “My son and I take baths together, and when he’s not with me, I take a bath and that really feels nourishing and comforting,” the actress, 43, said, which immediately sparked off a controversy online.
Many social media users branded Silverstone "sick" and "disgusting" for choosing to take baths with her son who is not an infant anymore. "This is sick, really sick. Can anyone imagine a GROWN MAN saying he's taking baths with his nine-year-old DAUGHTER & NOT getting an immediate visit from Police Officers & 'Child Care Services'?!? This woman is horrible & sick in the head. #AliciaSilverstone #Disgusting," one person wrote while another said, "@AliciaSilv #AliciaSilverstone needs immediate psychiatric help if she thinks for one second it's appropriate to bathe with her son. What a sicko. Hope someone steps in to investigate this sorry excuse for a mother. @LADCFSDirector @lacountydcfs @CountyofLA"
A third said, "If a male celeb came out with this I imagine the replies wouldn’t be quite as tolerant. #aliciasilverstone", and a fourth commented, "WTF?!! #AliciaSilverstone takes BATHS with her NINE YEAR OLD son. She brags about it. That is so twisted sick."
However, there were those who chose to defend her decision as a mother. One of them was celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. "There is nothing sexual about this, you creeps!!!! #AliciaSilverstone" he said.
Another user wrote: "I just saw someone get mad as f**k about Alicia Silverstone bathing w her kid (9), and sure while it is taboo, the fact that they instantly had the "WHAT IF IT WERE A MAN" and "call cps" argument... like... why are you sexualizing a mother and child relationship??"
In her interview with the NYT, Alicia further revealed that she was focusing on eating healthy during the quarantine, and which was not difficult as she had admitted earlier that both she and her son are vegan. “I always bring everything back to diet,” she told the outlet. “When I don’t eat well, I don’t feel well, and then my moods go all over the place.”
Back in 2018, she found herself in a bit of a pickle when she expressed anti-vaxxer sentiments when she claimed to Page Six that Bear has never had to take medicine due to his vegan diet. “He’s never had to take medicine in his life,” she told the outlet at the time. “He can get sniffles and a runny nose but he’s not down, he still goes to school. Two times in his life has he been like ‘Mommy I don’t feel good,’ and it was only for a few hours and he was back running around.”
She stressed on the benefits of the vegan diet during a May #BlogHer20 panel. “I always laugh, like, ‘Oh, my poor vegan baby, he’s so weak,’ because he’s jumping all over the place and he’s so wild. But there’s a calmness to him and a centeredness,” Silverstone told US Weekly. “He’s not off the charts.”