Reactions to the Wall Street Journal article about Celebrity Baby Blog
Since the Wall Street Journal front page article about the Celebrity Baby Blog came out last Saturday ("Dress-Up: MomsPut Their TykesIn Stars’ Clothes"), there have been a few posts on other blogs commenting on the article itself and the so-called obsession over what celebrity children are wearing.
The Wall Street Journal’s own "The Juggle" work-life balance blog, posted "Gotta Get Suri’s Shirt! Parents Spend Time Trying to Dress Their Kids Like Celebrity Babies," New York Magazine’s fashion blog, "The Cut," posted "Babies Really Don’t Need to Dress Like Suri Cruise," and Scripps News Service posted an editorial called "Baby fashion goes too far." The common theme in these three posts is that they reduce Celebrity Baby Blog readers’ (especially mothers’) interest in celebrity babies to an unhealthy obsession with their fashion and their interest in their fashion to an obsession with wanting their kid to look like celebrity kids. I don’tsee it as any different than what most magazines are covering nowadays –what celebrities themselves wear.
It’s unfortunate that all three blogs as well as the original WallStreet Journal article reduced the CBB to a blog simply about celebritybaby fashion, because we pride ourselves on our wide coverage of newsand photos of celebrity pregnancies and their children. Yes, we dodiscuss fashion and gear, but we also deal with parenting topics,health, and do exclusive interviews with celebrities.
The examples of reader purchases thatRachel used, and then these blogs picked up on, were actually quite minor such as shoes, hair clips, and socks that cost under$35. To me, this is the equivalent of buying a lipstick when you want a new look. I think it’s quite tame and it makes me laughthat these pieces have blown them so out of proportion. If it makes you feel good to buy your kid some super cute shoes, even if they cost 4 times what a pair at Target costs, what’s the harm in that? How are you teaching your infant something negative by buying them the same hair clips that a celebrity baby has?
I think our obsession with celebrities in general is a little much, but it’s ridiculous to focus on parents who buy their kids’ stuff that celebrities have for their children. There is a much larger obsession with celebrities in general, and especially what adult celebrities are wearing or doing, yet no one draws that parallel in those blogs. For the extremely image and fashion-focused New York Magazine to call attention to the problem of celebrity fashion obsessions shows a lack of introspection, to say the least.
It’s pretty obvious to me that CBB readersare not putting themselves out to buy these items. Yes, occasionally,readers do buy higher end items but I’m pretty sure it’s not JUSTbecause a celebrity owns the item. Having a celebrity using a product or brand gives it cache but I have a feeling that having a celebrity use the products more often gives exposure to a product that would normally not be seen at the mall or Target/Wal-Mart/K-Mart. Most of the products we call attention to have limited distribution and would never be seen by commoners such as ourselves if not for celebrities being gifted with them. I just don’t see the harm that these reaction stories imply.
Check out the purchases CBB readers have made from our I Bought It! columns (above photos are featured CBB Readers’ children).