Julie Bowen was among the thousands to comment on Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump via social media, but some comments she made about President Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron, landed the “Modern Family” star in hot water with those who felt that mocking a 10-year-old was inappropriate and even bullying.
In a series of Instagram posts, Bowen comments on young Barron’s demeanour during various parts of the inauguration, including one in which she jokes that he’s “on his Gameboy. Can’t say I blame him.”
Other posts goofed on Barron’s pained expression (“a voting majority shares your horror”), “when your dad is boppin’ his head to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. #dadshame #barronforpresident” and a shot in which an onscreen box is placed over the lad’s head (“Don’t box the Barron!”).
The posts unleashed a tsunami of negative comments directed toward Bowen. “You should feel ashamed bashing a child,” read one, while another called her “Disgraceful!” and one commenter said: “Mocking a child, you’re PATHETIC.”
After being further attacked on Twitter, Bowen replied to one of her critics to explain she wasn’t mocking Barron, just pointing out that he’s “a kid being a kid. My kids would be a horror show at a public event. Just trying to keep it light.
In any case, let’s assume Bowen won’t be invited to the White House anytime soon.