Nowadays, everyone always wants to assume the worst about a person, make up a story without having all the facts. A viral photo of a mom at the airport was posted by a stranger: In the photo is an infant is lying down on a blanket on the floor, while mom is looking at her cellphone.
Haters on the internet went wild accusing the mother of neglect, but they didn't have the whole story. The mom behind the viral airport photo speaks out and all the mommy shamers out there should listen up. Molly Lensing, the mom mocked online for putting her baby down, wants to end mommy shaming, so she told her side of the story – the truth behind that viral baby photo.
The fact is that Molly, a mother of three, could have lost her job as a pediatric nurse because some stranger wanted 15 minutes of fame. Traveling can be a nightmare. Now imagine experiencing over 20 hours of flight delays and having to care for a two-month-old infant. Instead of shaming, maybe people should start helping. Here is Molly Lensing’s side of the story.
There Were Flight DelaysPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
In 2016, mother-of-three Molly Lensing and her two-month-old baby went through a traveler's nightmare. Due to the Delta computer shut-down, they were stranded at an airport in Colorado. The pediatric nurse and her baby daughter Anastasia were forced to wait at the gate for several hours due to delays and rebookings.
A Stranger Took A Picture Of Molly And Anastasia, Then Shared It On Facebook
While sitting at the gate, a male stranger snapped a picture of Molly and her infant. Anastasia lying down on a blanket placed on the floor while Mom was looking at her phone. Unbeknownst to Molly, the photographer shared the photo on his Facebook page. He then wrote the caption: “Albert Einstein said, ‘I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity... the world will be populated by a generation of idiots.'”
The Photo Went Viral
It didn't take long for the photo to go viral. The image of Molly and Anastasia was shared thousands of times on social media, thanks in large part to its misleading caption. Molly did not find out about the picture until a few months later, after it had already been shared tens of thousands of times.
Lensing Became A Victim Of Cyberbullying
Not only was Molly's privacy invaded but the mother from Illinois became yet another victim of cyberbullying. People around the world criticized Molly, calling her a bad parent without having all the information. Naysayers accused Lensing of looking down at her cellphone when she should have been paying attention to her baby.