Her husband along with her two children have achondroplasia, and Tori often shares photos of life with her family. But lately, critics have questioned her parenting, especially when it comes to the health of her children.
On Saturday, Tori shared a family photo of herself sitting on a blanket outside while holding Lilah in her lap with Jackson standing next to her. In the caption – Tori addresses a few statements she has been receiving over the past while.
“I am not responsible for teaching the world anything about dwarfism or a pandemic or any other global issue,” she started. “However, it is my privilege to have a platform where I can share information on things I find important like dwarfism or a pandemic or other global issues.”
She went on to explain that she didn’t choose to be in the public eye, adding,
“I fell in love and I chose my husband then and I choose him every day since. This all comes along with him and our family and I feel like I’ve done a d–n good job of being the best I can be.”
“I don’t owe you anything. You don’t own me. You can’t manipulate me,” Tori wrote. “This is my instagram and I can choose what I want to share. If this doesn’t sit well with you… I’m sorry. It’s not my job to change your mind.”
While Tori did not share anything specific to what she was talking about, many commenters filled in the blanks by revealing how Tori has been getting a lot of concern from critics over her son, Jackson.
Tori is specifically addressing messages she has been receiving over an Instagram story and a post she shared a week ago, according to the comments. And when someone asked in the comment section what had happened, another responded — revealing that his stems from an Instagram story that is no longer viewable.
“Yes I saw it’s no longer on her story. People were saying she was not wearing a mask and not social distancing and also that she needed to get Jackson’s legs looked at by a doctor,” the said.
“Ridiculous,” the person went on. “She said Jackson is only 3 and she will do whatever she needs to do when the doctor advises and that it’s no one’s business. As for not wearing a mask, she was in her own house. She said a lot more but that’s the short version. I respect that she stood up for herself and her family.”
The comments regarding her son’s health stemmed from a Fourth of July family photo Tori shared.
Fans then pressed Tori in the comment section, critics pointing out how Jackson’s leg looked in the image.
“Great pic…I can’t help to Notice Jackson legs they look like [they] are curving even more is he in pain,” a person wrote under the Fourth of July photo. “Is there a way to correct while he is young? Just asking out of concern,” the person wrote.
“Happy fourth!!!! I’m sorry if this is a stupid question but… does Jackson’s legs cause him pain since they bow out so much,” another asked, with many more agreeing with the critic. “it does look painful,” one person posted, with another writing, “noticed that too. The right one looks like it bows out way too much.”
Tori replied to the first critic, saying: “He’s actually popping his hip here with some sass,” she wrote. “It exaggerates the bowing. He is in no pain.”
You tell em’ Tori!
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.