*Sometimes being humble, especially if you’re in the public eye, can be vastly under appreciated. People in the public eye – especially politics – are generally overly cautious about revealing their personal lives; but some take a chance in spite of it all, and muster up the courage to do so because they want to inspire people by sharing a side of themselves that is perhaps unexpected. After all, they realize people most likely assume they have always been where they are now.
I suspect a lot of this “self-talk” was behind First Lady Chirlane McCray’s decision to be so forthcoming in an interview with New York Magazine. The First Lady opened up about her feelings as a 40-year-old mother, and working professional, by admitting that a mother was not all she wanted to be. She said at the time, she wanted more.
She even revealed, in an incredibly transparent essay, her bouts with depression, and how, even now, she has to force herself to “get out of bed even when I really, really don’t want to.”
Proving that transparency costs, and the price is often high, The New York Post and The New York Daily News took her words and sensationalized them; painting her as a bad mom in the process.
And her husband, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, has a problem with that.
In an interview with New York Magazine, McCray reveals, “I was 40 years old. I had a life. Especially with Chiara–will we feel guilt forever more? Of course, yes. But the truth is, I could not spend every day with her. I didn’t want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reasons not to do it. I love her…It took a long time for me to get into ‘I’m taking care of kids,’ and what that means.”
Mayor de Blasio took exception to the portrayal of his wife in the tabloids and called it “disturbing and inappropriate,” after The Post zeroed in on his daughter Chiara, who had previously admitted to being in treatment for alcohol and marijuana abuse: “The disclosure — bound to horrify most moms –shatters the carefully crafted image of de Blasio’s close-knit family, which helped vault him into office,” the paper said.
In his own post, the mayor stated, “A lot of hardworking women in this city are offended. I think both The Post and The Daily News owe Chirlane an apology. I think they owe all of us an apology,” de Blasio concluded.
His perspective was also supported by other city officials, including City Councilwoman, Laurie A. Cumbo, who said, “As a New York City Council Member and Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee I am outraged by the New York Post and the Daily News criticism of First Lady McCray’s role as a mother.” She goes on to call the criticism “completely unfounded” and blames the outlets for devaluing the harsh realities that mothers who are also professionals encounter today; and the courage to speak candidly about it.
Below, see a video report that speaks on Mayor de Blasio demanding an apology on behalf of his wife and professional women everywhere.
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