Another day, another reason for mummy shamers to be upset with Jessica Simpson. Sigh. The pop star-turned-fashion designer, 37, caught flak on Wednesday, Nov. 29, after she took to Instagram to share an adorable snap of herself and five-year-old daughter Maxi trying on make-up at a MAC Cosmetics store.
"This is NOT an #ad, @maccosmetics is my daughter’s favorite store! Mommy-Daughter Day with #MAXIDREW #girlygoth," the Irresistible songstress captioned the sweet selfie. Though the post seemed innocent enough, a handful of Jess’ followers mercilessly attacked her for allowing her kid to wear cosmetics.
"I think it’s horrible to let a girl who’s 5 wear make-up but I guess that’s just my opinion," one commenter wrote, while another fumed, "Her favourite store?! OMG. She should be playing outside or learning about the world…not sitting in a chair putting on make-up at MAC. What's wrong with you?!"
Added another, "Jessica I honestly don’t know about you and your parenting choices, girl. Putting your daughter in make-up? And dark lipstick? Let Maxi be a kid. She deserves a normal childhood."
While many of the blonde beauty’s followers were enraged, some stood up for her against the haters.
"I can't quite believe the backlash this innocent photo has had. Some people just sit there looking for things to be offended by," one wrote. "She's not parading her child around like a show-pony in a pageant...they're just having a laugh."
We asked Mother & Baby editor Erin Mayo what she thought of the controversial photo:
"This mum shaming has really got to stop! The context of this photo is Jessica and her daughter in a cosmetic shop where she’s let Maxi try on a lipstick – big deal! Haven’t all kids tried on their mum’s make-up at least once? They watch us put it on and want to mimic the same – it’s really not a big deal," she said.
"Nowhere is Jessica suggesting that Maxi wears makeup on a daily basis. Maybe we should focus on the positive… Jessica and her daughter are having some one-on-one bonding time together which is important for their relationship. Surely acknowledging that is much more important."
Of course, this isn’t the first time Jessica has fallen victim to the online parenting police. Just last month, she faced backlash after Maxi sported brown hair while dressing up as Beauty and the Beast’s Belle for Halloween. "Is Maxwell’s hair dyed? I hope not. Her blonde hair was so beautiful!!!" one fan wrote, while another pleaded, "Please don’t tell me she dyed her daughter’s hair!!"
This story originally appeared on Life & Style