Jana Kramer Responds to Parent-Shaming, Animal-Loving Haters on Instagram
The country music singer and former Dancing with the Stars contestant has our sympathy after she shared what she thought were a couple of very innocent photos on Instagram over the weekend.
In the first, Kramer is sitting on the sand at Discovery Cove in Orlando with 13-month old daughter daughter Jolie Rae.
As a paid Diamond Resorts ambassador, it’s basically part of the star’s job to attend a resort such as this and gloat about it online.
“Introducing Jolie to our new little friend @discoverycove,” Kramer captioned the photo, which was snapped at an establishment owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
“Thanks to @diamondresorts for treating us to this experience!”
This is where the shots started to be fired in her direction, however.
FIRST, Kramer was condemned for removing her wetsuit and exposing her bikini. How dare she, right?!?
“I was hot. Anything else u want to criticize?!” the 33-year old wrote back to a follower who chose to reference Kramer’s outfit in a negative context for some reason.
Sadly, yes, there was a lot more that folks wanted to criticize.
In the same picture, Kramer and little Jolie are checking a nearby armadillo on the beach.
One Instagram user felt a need to warn Kramer that the animal “could cause leprosy,” which sent a few of her other followers into a panic.
(It’s worth taking note here of the following: As of 2015, 95 percent of human beings are immune to the disease, although there are around 150 to 200 new cases a year in the United States.)
Kramer also came under fire for the second photo featured above.
In response to the singer daring to interact with a dolphin, fans called upon her to watch the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which centers on the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity.
While SeaWorld initially called Blackfish “inaccurate and misleading,” it later announced plans to end killer-whale shows at its San Diego theme park in November 2015.
One Instagram follower argued that dolphins “are meant to be wild in the sea and swim for miles a day,” while another fan explained how they were “stolen from their mothers as babies” and “forced” to behave in a docile manner.
Kramer posted the photo… then deleted it… and then posted it again.
She explain why as follows:
Okay you know what….I’m posting this picture again. I received a lot of criticism by posting this which ultimately made me take it down because no I don’t want to upset any of you.
But here’s the truth…I had an incredible day at @discoverycove and no I haven’t seen the movies yalls referenced but what I DID SEE was how amazing they treated these dolphins and I learned so much about each one, met the trainers, and I asked very specific questions as to how they were being taken care of.
Do I feel sad that they should be in the wild, sure, but they are being loved there and they are getting fed and quite frankly I’m not going to NOT post something because I’m at the zoo or wherever I go. I don’t preach politics or try to shove my beliefs on any of you.
I’m simply trying to be the best mom I can be and all I wanted was to take my daughter to a place where we could have fun and she could see this beautiful well taken care of creature up close and personal by some amazing and super kind trainers.
I will be back at @discoverycove…I will also take Jolie to Zoos, I will give her food that’s not orangic at times, I will feed her meat, whole milk, and I will have a few glasses of wine to myself at the end of the night.
If any of you have a problem with how I live my day to day then I’m sorry. I’m simply doing the best I can. I will not be able to please everyone of you. I do know my true fans will be there and from one mom to another we all know we are doing the best we can.
On a side note, seeing Jolie smile when she touched the dolphin by far made my day. Peace and love.
Can’t a woman go to a resort with her child in peace?
Or do you think Kramer deserved the online wrath she faced as a result of this trip and these photos?
The singer/actress gave birth to her daughter last year, and sounded pretty stoked about motherhood in a chat with People Magazine.
“I’ve never felt more beautiful than I do now because I’m Jolie’s mom,” she said awhile back. “She is the love of my life.”