Home Life Ginger Zee, 41, responds to parenting trolls: ‘Every village looks different’

Ginger Zee, 41, responds to parenting trolls: ‘Every village looks different’

by Margaret N. Bryan

Ginger Zee bites back at parenting trolls.

The 41-year-old ABC News meteorologist sues an internet troll for leaving a misogynistic comment about a recent photo she posted.

Ginger Zee, 41, doesn’t hold back regarding online critics. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

Ginger Zee, 41

In a video on her Instagram, Zee showed the comment. She began with the caption, “This morning I posted this photo to Facebook,” referencing a photo with ABC News correspondent Kenneth Moton: “One of the first comments: ‘Who’s raising your kids?'”

Zee shares two sons with their husband, Ben Aaron: Adrian, 6, and Miles, 4.

She later showed her response to the commenter, which read: “I am with the help of my husband and our nanny. Don’t you come from a house where both parents work? I do. And it was great.”

The video ended with the caption: “And a reminder, when people have an opinion/criticism, it says more about them than it does about me. I am so peaceful and grateful for the family I create while fulfilling my career goals. It’s not for everyone, but I am not everyone; I am me.”

In the post’s caption, Zee wrote about her take on the incident.

“At this point, I welcome criticism, even of my upbringing,” she wrote. “I think it’s an important topic, and I don’t take the responsibility lightly. That said, what’s “good” for you wouldn’t be right for me. I hope other new parents can feel the support and understanding that come with all the different parenting structures. There is no right or wrong when love, support, and guidance surround the child.”

“I am so lucky to have grown up with a mother and father who both worked but also loved and raised me with the help of my grandmother, babysitters, and eventually my stepparents,” she added. “Every village looks different. One is needed, and I’m lucky to have them.”

The interaction welcomed a slew of support for Zee, with many commentators opening up about their upbringing in working-class families.

“You are my hero. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾”, Moton wrote. Fellow ABC News correspondent Stephanie Ramos added: “People have some guts. †

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“I came out of this and now experience how challenging and PROMISING it is in my own family,” said Shirleen Allicot, an ABC7 New York anchor. “Solidarity with all working parents who find balance 💪🏾.”

“You are such a class act and an inspiration. Be yourself,” journalist Jacque Reid added.

“Working mom of two here,” one comment read. “It’s not easy, but my mom did the same! You stay!!”

“Well said,” added another. “I appreciate my parents for all the hard work they have done and continue to do. I love them so muctheir sacrifice to ensure sure we got what we needed.”

Zee has never been shy about discussing her mental health and environmentalism through fashion and has had to fight these trolls before. Last September, she responded to a similar comment stating that her children would resent her being a working mom.

At the time, Zee shared a screenshot of the commenter’s tweet: “Your kids will hate you when they grow up for leaving them during their most vulnerable time. We were lied to. We can don’t have everything.”

In response, Zee wrote that the commentator is “wrong” while acknowledging that parenting choices are not for others to judge.

“I can’t say there are no sacrifices,” she added. “Both mom, dad, grandparents, whoever is part of the village. There are sacrifices as a parent whatever you do, and all forms of parenting must be respected, including parents who can’t work because childcare is too expensive and doesn’t work because they choose not to… I admire it all.”

She continued: “You can be a stay-at-home parent, a parent who works outside the home… you have to be the best parent you can be. Or don’t be a parent if you don’t want to (the whole society obsessed with having children isn’t for everyone). I wake up every day with gratitude that I had the chance to be a parent. Not everyone gets this chance, and I will continue to do my best.”

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