*She calls herself “thebossmum27” and her photo showing an embarrassment of Christmas gifts she claims to have bought for her three children, spending upwards of two to three thousand dollars, has gone viral. Not that anyone should have to defend how they spend their money, but the photo has left a bad taste in the mouths of many.
Emma Tapping was shamed unmercifully by the Internet community for being a “materialistic” parent.
A week after she posted the photo (shown above) on Facebook, someone tagged it with the caption: “It’s nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have. Just remember, there are a lot of children who won’t get much.”
“I know this page is going to get busier and I know I am in the papers today so I thought I would set people straight on a few facts,” Tapping wrote in a response Facebook post.
“The presents under the tree are for my children, myself, my partner and my mother, not just the kids,” she continued. “Please try and remember this is about 3 little children, their christmas, their tree. Feel free to share. Merry Christmas xxxxx.”
Tapping obviously never thought a post about how her family is spending the Christmas holiday would garner so much attention. Not unlike the challenges many celebrities face, Tapping finds herself in the awkward position of trying to untangle a web of social media fabrications. And her Facebook post directly below has garnered more than 2500 likes and 1400 comments for the attempt.
According to a report on Yahoo News Tapping has said, “I LOVE spoiling my kids in the festive season and I work damn hard to make sure it is every bit as amazing as it can be.” It is this report she must be referring to when she clarifies her age, noted in #2 above.
I agree with one poster that there will be many children that are unable to enjoy the benefits of a well-to-do lifestyle. But does that mean that those who do, must downplay it?
Many social media users use this modus operandi to connect with family members worldwide. So isn’t the news they choose about family matters (such as what the kids got for Christmas, etc.) their business?