Tonight I saw on my Facebook news feed an article from BBC News interviewing people and generally making a bit of a fuss about the #motherhoodchallenge. I am sorry, but BBC, you need to wise up. What a load of complete shite for want of a better word. I am sorry, but this has prompted me to loose my rag ever so slightly. Apologies for the potty mouth, but this has rather pushed my ‘angry mummy’ buttons.
For those not in the know, this is a bit like the ice bucket challenge but is not for any particular cause. Parents nominate each other on Facebook, and add a couple of photos that make them proud to be a parent, then tag mummy/daddy friends. The fact that people are tagging for no particular charitable cause apparently causes irritation. Obviously, this is a BBC editorial ruse to cause a bit of an internet stir by getting some junior reporter to write something inflammatory, then publish it on social media. However, in my opinion, it shows a sack-able editorial naivety.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for charitable facebook gigs. I am in fact the legal trustee of a national parenting charity as well as a regular volunteer at a charity for suffers and families of terminal illness. This does not mean that I think anyone tagging a challenge for non-charitable reasons should be slated. I join in the charitable, and the non charitable. Parents should be supported.
Lets put it in context shall we. Currently, we are facing a high level of terrorist threat in this country, we have mothers and school children running off to join Daesh, abused elephants in Thailand, an astronaut reporting from space, an immigration crisis and an EU standoff. Obviously, therefore, we need to start a debate about mums being asked to think about what makes them feel good, and share it with their friends.
Motherhood is the shitting hardest job IN THE UNIVERSE! PND is prevalent, and frankly, BBC, publishing this kind of tripe should result in an automatic fine to be paid to a PND charity.
I do not usually foray into political circles with my blog, but this is serious stuff. Please share because I would like the BBC to answer me. BBC, come out from behind your editorial veil and com and have a chat with me. We can share the reporting obvs, but I think we have some stuff to talk through.
BBC, I am waiting!