The TLC member “Chilli” is speaking out against online bullying… more specifically she’s addressing recent online attacks of her young son, Tron.
Chilli created a petition against the website MediaTakeOut to push them to stop slandering the children of famous folks, and minors in general. Recent posts on the site have tried to make insinuations about Tron’s sexuality.
Christal Jordan, Chilli’s longtime publicist from Enchanted PR, released a statement about Chilli’s petition and explained that she too is a mother and is appalled by the attacks on Chilli’s 16-year-old son.
The petition reads:
Most of you know me as a member of the group TLC, but everyone who knows me personally knows being a MOM is my number one priority. The health and safety of my son means more to me that any accomplishment or achievement I’ve received being an entertainer. Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son. MediaTakeOut.com has posted numerous false stories about me, and other celebrity friends of mine and while I don’t like it, I realize that is a part of what comes with celebrity. However when my 16-year-old son is being attacked, that is when I take off the celebrity hat and become the protective Mother that I am, and I know many of you are.
The petition also touches on the subject of bullying:
There are countless anti-bullying campaigns geared towards teens and I support the message with my own non-profit, Chilli’s Crew. If we can rally to stop bullying in schools and via social media. How much more should we support an anti-bullying message for entertainment websites that host millions of readers a month? Who are the advertisers posting on these sites? Why are they supporting a site bullying minors? We need to make the website and their advertisers accountable.
Fred Mwangaguhunga, owner of MTO has since apologized for the post and he also made sure it was removed from the site. The petition has already reached over 1,000 signatures and garnered more attention from other celebs who support the cause.
All kids get bullied, so do you think celebrity kids should be different?
Read the entire petition HERE