Mum slams trolls after beach photo confusion: 'Too much judgement'

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A woman has hit back at online trolls after a picture she posted with her 21-month-old son at the beach while on holidays in Wales sparked a flurry of comments.

Michelle Owen, who is a UK Sky sports presenter, took to Twitter to call out the mum-shamers, particularly given plenty of them in fact made the wrong assumption.

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Michelle's family beach photo sparked a flurry of comments over something that wasn't even happening. Photo: Twitter

In the picture the 31-year-old mum could be seen smiling for the camera with her son Zac in front of her, and the family dog on a lead.

But it was the rainbow ribbon that sparked some judgement, as some people thought the child was also attached to his mum.

"Child on a lead? Really?" one person commented on the image.


The TV presenter was quick to correct her followers, pointing out that Zac wasn't on a lead: "The fluffy one is on a lead. The non-fluffy one is not … that’s a ribbon streamer which he loves waving around."

But either way, she hit out at the trolls, adding there was "too much judgement" on mums online.

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The reporter hit out at the trolls saying there was 'too much judgement'. Photo: Twitter

"My non furry son is not on a leash. But so what if he was? Sometimes people do put toddlers on a harness as they literally run off," she wrote.

"So much judgment on here, without even properly looking too."

She received plenty of support from other parents online, with one commenting: "We used to regularly put our two on reins, so we could catch them if they fall and so they don’t run off while learning to walk better – don’t worry about what others say."

Plenty of others admitted they hadn't even noticed the ribbon, instead commenting on the mum's 'ripped' physique.

"Not gonna lie the first thing I noticed was your 6 pack, not the ribbon. Yet again ignore the hate, lovely pic with your boys," one person wrote.

"Okay I need your tricks for them abs haha look shredded!" another said.

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