WTF: Whoring Out Our Babies – Redux

Baby Pictures for Sale!

Not too long ago, I railed on celebrities who whore their babies out for profit. And I stand by that assessment.

You’ve got Jamie Lynn Spears who denied teen pregnancy rumors until her lucrative cover story on OK! Magazine. You’ve got Jennifer Lopez who sold early photos of her babies for $6 million, only to have Bradjelina sell their baby photos for enough money to bail out the banks. Heck, you even had myself accept an undisclosed payment for the first photos of my son Nicholas.

But for once, I’m not here to bury celebrities, but to praise them. (And yes, that was a Shakespeare reference, punks!)

Well, at least one celebrity. And that would be Minnie Driver.

I’m not exactly what you’d call a Minnie Driver fan (although she’s got a great porn star name). I wasn’t terribly broken up that her series The Riches was canceled. I can’t say I care when she’s in a movie coming out. And I can honestly say that I haven’t searched the internet for any nude photos of the girl.

But I give her a big thumbs up for snubbing the baby-whoring media.

Not only has she refused to publicly discuss the father of her one-month-old son, but she debuted her baby’s pictures not on the cover of a sleazy tabloid, but on her MySpace page.

What the free baby picture?

It’s not often that I commend celebrities for having class. They comprise a group that is known for having no class, self control or integrity. But every now and then, they surprise me.

I have said for years that the ultra-rich Hollywood elite shouldn’t collect money to whore out their kids… even if they give the money to charity. I once even said to a friend that celebrity parents should just leak their kids’ photos on the internet. They all look the same, after all, don’t they?

At least someone’s taking my advice. Even if it is Minnie Driver.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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