Popular mum blogger Katie Bower has received backlash from her fans after sharing a controversial Instagram post.
The mum posted a few photos of her son along with a long caption, gushing about his “sweet heart” and lovable qualities.
Katie then went on to say that “Instagram never liked” her son and it is “killing her inside”.
“His photos never got as many likes. Never got comments. From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there,” she said.
“Maybe part of that was the pictures just never hit the algorithm right. Part might be because he was ‘the baby’ for a very short amount of time before LJ came along...then Max and then Ella. And people like babies.
“I say all that because I want to believe that it wasn’t him...that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable.”
Katie went on to encourage her followers to like more photos of her son because he “deserves all the likes”, especially since it’s his sixth birthday.
Buzzfeed’s Stephanie McNeal quickly retweeted the post, condemning the mum’s words. The post went viral with most parents agreeing with Stephanie’s comments.
“This is deeply troubling and sad. Parents obsession with exploiting their kids online and then measuring them by likes is pathetic. You need a reality check,” said one mum.
Katie removed the post after the drama unfolded, apologising for her previous statement about her son.
Omg this Instagram mommy blogger is celebrating her sons bday by writing about how out of all her kids, he “statistically” performs the worse on her Instagram. And she’s worried one day it will ruin his self esteem pic.twitter.com/QpFfJwDOab— Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) November 19, 2018
She said: “It could have been clearer. Obviously, I’m not perfect. I have so much to learn and have to learn how to communicate better on [Instagram].
“I’m gonna focus on teaching my kids that the approval of others is not the thing you seek.” Instead, the mum will teach them to value being “kind” and “good”.
However, Twitter users don’t seem pleased with her apology, criticising her for naming her son in the first place.
What do you think of Katie’s comments? Her full apology can be found on her Instagram story.