Leave it to Madonna! The ‘Material Girl’ singer took to Instagram to give herself well wishes on Father’s Day, which left a few of her fans conflicted and a host of critics talking.
“And Happy Father’. Day to Me too because lets face it …………,,..,,,,,… Im the Mommy and the Daddy. I don’t care what the papers say,” Madonna wrote on Sunday. The celebrity mom also uploaded a postcard that had all of her kids in the shot and the phrase, “Happy Mother’s Day” plastered across it. Way to drive the point home, right?
While some fans praised Madonna for being a supermom, many critics accused the singer of wanting the spotlight on what should have been a day to recognize dads for all of their efforts. “Keeping your child from the other parent IS NOT something to celebrate,” one follower wrote. “You make terrible choices with men and now you want to take a man’s place not surprise with all the crap that comes out of your mouth,” another critic spewed.
Whether Madonna wanted a bit of the limelight for herself on Sunday is debatable. Still, the singer’s actions bring up an interesting point of single mothers celebrating both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Meanwhile, single dads tend to refrain from publicly patting themselves on the back on Mother’s Day.
Wil LaVeist of Urban Faith once wrote,
“Some people insist on making a buck by selling the idea that Father’s Day is also for single moms. Hallmark has been offering the mom cards for a few years, and a Web search also revealed a few entrepreneurs selling T-shirts, mugs and the like. Being a dedicated black father of three grown children who looks forward to this one day that celebrates what I willingly do every day, I find this offensive and even dangerous, particularly for the black community.”
According to Wil, celebrating single mothers on Father’s Day sends the message that single-parent homes are acceptable. He may have a point since a 2014 poll revealed that less than half of children reared in the United States live in a traditional home where both parents are present.
BCK Asks: So what do you think? Should single mothers be praised on Father’s Day? If so, then would it be fair for single fathers to also receive public acknowledgment on Mother’s Day? Leave your comments below!