Thursday, March 29, 2012

Social media rails against Alicia Silverstone's baby feeding technique

It's not been a good week for celebrities on social media. First, Spike Lee re-Tweets a post that erroneously identified a couple's house as the home of one George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin. Now, a video of Alicia Silverstone feeding her baby has gone viral, because of what might remind folks of the behavior of sea gulls.
The viral video, which has been taken and spliced into videos from places like CNN, and more, was first posted to Alicia Silverstone's blog, The Kind Life.

The site, Silverstone says, is:

"... an interactive extension of my book, 'The Kind Diet,' which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!"

The video shows Alicia Silverstone, 35, mashing up some of her son Bear Blu Jarecki's meal in her mouth before spitting it into his [Silverstone married Christopher Jarecki in 2005]. According to the site, the video was taken a month or two ago, "when he [Bear] was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!"

The reaction in social media has been mixed. Some have replied or commented on the video with "Gross." Others are wondering what the big deal is, and comparing it to the hysteria that sometimes surrounds breast feeding in public.

It's certainly not unheard of in nature. For example, sea gulls have a red spot near the end of their bill that, when pecked by chicks, stimulates the parents to regurgitate food.

Prior to this, Alicia Silverstone was perhaps best known for her starring role in the movie "Clueless." She also appeared in the George Clooney Batman film "Batman and Robin," as Batgirl.

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