Pink is no stranger to being mom shamed on the internet, which is why her latest post, a picture that shows her children running through a Holocaust memorial, was captioned with a message from the singer preemptively telling haters to back off.
The popstar is currently on tour in Europe and enjoyed a day off with her family, including her husband Carey Hart and their two children, Willow, 8, and Jameson, 2. The family explored Berlin, with Pink posting a gallery of their adventures on Instagram, including a trip to a local restaurant, a sightseeing tour, and a stop at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. A picture of Pink and Hart’s children running through the memorial has drawn criticism, with Pink pointing out in her caption that not only are her children Jewish by blood, but that the memorial was designed as a spot that should celebrate “life after death.”
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Berlin, I love you. #holocaustmemorial #panamarestaurant #cocktailclasses #history #herstory #worldtour and for all of the comments; these two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I and the entirety of my mothers family. The very person who constructed this believed in children being children, and to me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgment to yourselves.
In her post, Pink pointed to architect Peter Eisenman, who designed the Berlin memorial with the idea that it should be enjoyed by the living. Eisenman spoke to the BBC in 2017, making a clear distinction between sites like Auschwitz, where millions of people were murdered during the Holocaust, and his memorial. “It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground,” said Eisenman, adding that his memorial should be treated differently than concentration camps that have been turned into historical sites. “But there are no dead people under my memorial. My idea was to allow as many people of different generations, in their own ways, to deal or not to deal with being in that place. And if they want to lark around I think that’s fine.”
The photo of Pink’s children has divided followers with some calling it poor taste and inconsiderate, while others applaud the singer for educating her children on world history.
“Τhis place is not definitely a hide and seek place, dear Pink,” wrote follower @fofoftm, with @christine_hc172 adding “This is wrong for them to be running around at the holocaust memorial. You need to explain to them to respect the place n it’s not right.”
On the flip side, follower @Johns_Deb wrote “I’m Jewish, relatives died in the camps, friends have died in attacks on synagogues. Nothing about the picture is offensive. These children are learning their history. It gives me joy to see children enjoying life and continuing on when so many died. It shows the bloodline and spirit of the Jewish people lives on and they were not wiped out and will not disappear or stop living their lives freely.” Actor Selma Blair also commented, writing “I love Berlin too. I love that what happened is not being forgotten. I love this celebration of life. I love you.”
Getting backlash for posting pictures of her children is nothing new to Pink, with the singer receiving criticism for everything from posting pictures of her kids playing naked to wearing her baby son Jameson while cooking on the stove. Pink told Ellen DeGeneres in April that she had decided to stop posting pictures of her children on social media, something she went back on this week. “So many people on social media go in on me all the time,” said Pink. “I understand people saying you need to be more careful because you are in the public eye and you should have thought of that, and they’re right, but there’s a nice way to say that. There’s a kind way to be online.”