Outrage over Howard Stern’s Offensive Remarks on Breastfeeding Discussed in Viral TikTok
Howard Stern is known for his controversial and offensive comments- his irreverent approach to discussing sensitive topics has, for years, garnered attention from those both supportive and critical. However, in recent weeks Stern’s comments have once again sparked controversy, this time regarding the sensitive issue of breastfeeding. A viral TikTok post has brought to light the outrage surrounding Stern’s remarks and has reignited the conversation around the importance of normalizing breastfeeding and supporting breastfeeding mothers.
The Controversial Remarks
During a recent episode of his SiriusXM radio show, The Howard Stern Show, Stern shared his views on breastfeeding and sexualization- two topics that, when combined, lead to a highly problematic discourse. He expressed his dismay at the idea of breastfeeding in public, labeling it “offensive” and claimed that women should take the time to “go into a back room” to feed their children. Stern’s comments perpetuate an age-old stigma surrounding breastfeeding and suggest that it is something to be ashamed of- that it is a private act that should occur out of sight.
Stern’s comments were met with immediate backlash from both the public and other celebrities. One of the most vocal critics of Stern’s comments was actor and mother to two, Kristen Bell, who took to Twitter to express her disappointment, stating “I’m not sure what’s inappropriate about feeding your child. Women should have the freedom to do what they need to do for their children without being criticized.” Other celebrity mothers, such as Mila Kunis and Cardi B, echoed Bell’s sentiments, calling out Stern for perpetuating outdated and damaging ideas about breastfeeding.
The Viral TikTok
The conversation surrounding Stern’s comments gained traction after a TikTok user posted a video of herself breastfeeding during a segment about Stern’s comments on The Howard Stern Show. The user, who goes by the username @themamacoach.ashley, can be seen feeding her child while discussing the problematic nature of Stern’s remarks. The video has since gone viral, with over six million views and thousands of comments, the majority of which defend the right of mothers to breastfeed in public and call for more support and normalization of breastfeeding.
The Importance of Normalizing Breastfeeding
The response to Stern’s comments and the viral TikTok post highlights the ongoing need to normalize breastfeeding and support breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding has long been stigmatized and shamed in our culture, and the lack of support for breastfeeding mothers can lead to feelings of shame and inadequacy. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while 83% of infants in the United States start out breastfeeding, only 25% are still exclusively breastfeeding at six months. This highlights a significant gap between intention and reality, which can be attributed in part to the lack of support and normalization of breastfeeding.
The outrage sparked by Howard Stern’s recent comments on breastfeeding highlights the ongoing need to normalize breastfeeding and support breastfeeding mothers. Stereotypes and stigmas around breastfeeding have long been perpetuated in our culture, and while progress has been made, incidents like this serve as a reminder that there is still much work to be done. Breastfeeding is a natural and important act that benefits both mother and child, and it is time for it to be treated as such.#breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #howardstern #breastfeedingmom #feedyourbaby #supportmothers #ENTERTAINMENT