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37Everyone’s Mad Over This Picture of Jessica Simpson’s Baby

A photo of Maxwell Drew Johnson

Mad because they’re so jealous!

But no, people are mad because Jessica Simpson showed everyone a picture of her painfully adorable little baby wearing a bikini when she made her appearance on Katie Couric’s new show. I guess because’s it’s bad or something:

Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, said yesterday: “It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini. Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”

Others condemned the bikini on Twitter after seeing it online. One wrote: “Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong.”

Another added: “A baby in a bikini?! Dear God, some people are just wrong!”

A third wrote: “I just saw the most ridiculously posed photo of Jessica Simpson’s baby in a bikini. Just awful. Poor poppet.”

So wait, did I have a particularly scandalous childhood, or are people just freaking out over nothing? Because I’m pretty sure I remember my cousins and my friends and maybe even myself wearing bikinis when we were very young. And come to think of it, my mom does have photos of me and my siblings in diapers. Like, in just diapers. There are even some pictures of us taking baths. And you know what you wear when you take a bath. Nothing. Was that wrong? Or would it just be wrong if my mom had shown lots more people the photos?

September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Emily
Filed Under: Jessica Simpson

37 Responses to “Everyone’s Mad Over This Picture of Jessica Simpson’s Baby”

  1. Harriet Meadow says:

    I wondered if you were going to post about this! This is so silly…it’s a *baby.* Babies can run around naked and no one will throw a fit. I’m going to say the same thing I say to all those guys in my field who like to talk about every single freakin’ female statue as “sexualized.” Just because YOU think it’s sexy, doesn’t mean it’s being sexualized. In other words, whoever thinks this baby is being sexualized needs to check his/her own head. Also, I retract my earlier statement about her baby being ugly. Maxwell seems to have grown into all those big folds of facial skin and is now as cute as a button!

  2. Fin says:

    Dude, that baby is ADORABLE. She’s pretty already, look at those perfect lips. And I don’t even like babies in general. As for the “bikini” thing, people need to calm the eff down. Babies are photographed in nothing but a diaper all the time and I’m pretty sure there are photos of me at that age completely stark naked. The world’s become totally over PC about every little thing. We’re a bunch of pussies. All those over zealous mommies who have nothing better to do than rant about what other people innocently do with their kids need to shut up. Someone knitted the bikini for her and it was obviously a cute baby joke type of deal, time to untwist your panties everyone.

  3. Webster says:

    Are these people kidding? Most people take pictures of their babies naked and I hear no out cry about that, such silliness. Go after the crazy Moms with that have their kids dressed like hookers.

  4. Sammy says:

    That is the most adorable picture of someone’s baby I’ve seen in a while. What a cutie pie! And I LOVE her little bikini. We’ve got pictures of us at the beach when we were toddlers and you know what we wore? Nothing! There was always a whole slew of us kids running around starkers. The other poster is right – anyone who would even imply that this photo is anything but cuteness personified is a blithering idiot, perverted or so warped from their own shitty childhood they’re unable to think properly.

  5. CranAppleSnapple says:

    That’s crazy-ape bonkers.
    I definitely had a bikini when I was about three. It had ruffled pants and I was way proud of it.

  6. gee_gee says:

    I don’t understand. What do bikinis represent to people who think they are offensive? Isn’t it just a two-piece bathing suit? Someone please explain. Because I wore bikinis when I was a child and nobody was clutching the pearls about it.

  7. KatiePie says:

    People need to get a life and find a better issue to complain about. This picture is adorable!

  8. blasted1 says:

    You know what it probably is? I bet a lot of the flack is because it is a KNITTED bikini and most yarn is scratchy wool. This is just a guess, but I think if it was anyone else’s baby (besides Jessica Simpson’s), there wouldn’t have been even half the fall-out.

    • Taeko says:

      I agree with the “it’s Jessica Simpson’s baby, so it must be trashy/sexual” comment. If this were featured in O Magazine, everyone would be in a frenzy over making their own knitted baby bikini. This baby/pic is nothing but adorable!

  9. cocopuffsaredelicious says:

    Oh man people complain about everything. That baby is adorable and the bikini is too cute, she obviously wasn’t attempting to sexualize her baby. People are crazy.

  10. Bryjin says:

    If my mom had had the sense to put me in a bikini, she might’ve actually gotten to keep her baby photos of me.
    I went threw a stage in my childhood where I was very shy and I couldn’t bear the thought that people visiting could just open up a family album and see me naked – even though I was just a baby in the pictures.
    I just had a very difficult time with nudity of all sorts, but particularly my own. … And it bothered me so much I actually ended up taking the pictures and putting them away..

    Anyway: Jessica’s baby is all sorts of cute and I might even say that anyone who doesn’t see the innocence of this picture has a problem…

    • Leelee says:

      … my mum put all the baby/toddler pictures (naked and otherwise) of myself and my sister into giant collages which hang the entrance-way of our house.
      Every single potential boyfriend has seen my naked ass in the bath as soon as they came in for the first time – no albums required!
      This used to embarrass me SO MUCH when I was younger, but now I just think it’s hilarious.

  11. Ike Nash says:

    Um,hello Mrs.Jessica Simpson how are you doing today

  12. Ike Nash says:

    Hello Mrs.Jessica Simpson,ma name is Ike Nash & I

  13. Ike Nash says:

    Hello Mrs.Jessica Simpson my name is Ike Nash & I came from the caribbean from an island called St.Vincent & The Grenadines but now I reside in Ontario in the country called Canada,plus I am a very gorgeous plus good looking romantic guy plus there is something that I will like to explain to ya,& it is this:(this message that I am sending here is a continuation of the previous message that I have previously sent above this one here,plus the reason why it is a continuation is because the computer that I was using accidentally submitted my unfinished previous comment by accident,but anyway here is a very romantic love song that I have written for you,& the name of it is called How’s It Going,& I wrote my love song to the instrumental of a song called Back That Thang Up,using all of my very own words/lyrics,& dear Mrs.Jessica Simpson the song Back That Thang Up was originally sang by the singers called Juvenile featuring two other singers called Lil’Wayne plus Mannie Fresh,& they are from a hip hop group called The Cash Money Group so dear Sexy Mrs.Jessica Simpson here is my very romantic love track that I have written for you to the instrumental of Back That Thang Up using all of my very own words/lyrics,& um the word Lay-Day in my very romantic love song for you means Lady

    The song title for Sexy Mrs.Jessica Simpson:How’s It Going

    My introduction before my chorus for Sexy Mrs.Jessica Simpson:

    Mrs.Jessica Simpson,good day,girl,you’re nice,plus special,babe,girl,model,everyday,honey

    Verse 1 for Sexy Mrs.Jessica Simpson:

    Model honey,model cutie,pose honey,pose girl,in magazines,stroll,girl,on the,movie scenes,& TV screens,and girl,you’re a Beauty Queen,and girl,you’re no loser,babe,full of grace,I don’t haste,I’m not hasty babe,I,won’t waste,time,girl,to girl,make you merry babe,hey girl,do you like cherries,have you ever,bin to England,Italy,or ma city,you’re so sexy babe,blazing thangs in your photo shoots,I’m not brutish,Lay-Day,you should party,babe,having drinks,on weekends,in your benz,with your friends,every year babe,eating brunch,plus lunch babe,when you’re out,modeling girl,plus shopping babe

  14. tara says:

    I think the problem is not that the kid is half naked, it’s the fact that it’s wearing a bikini top which doesn’t make any sense at this age! Bikinis are for ladies with breasts and are therefore considered sexy – because they’re containing women’s sexual attributes. But what do girls under the age of 8 or 9 have to hide? So that is the reason why I find it wrong to put a baby in a bikini top – because it sexualizes them.

    • Leelee says:

      This is exactly what I thought when I first saw the picture. I feel like it wouldn’t be getting this kind of reaction if the baby didn’t have a top on at all – because then it’s just a completely innocent picture without any adult clothing connotations. Does that make sense? It’s making sense in my head but I don’t think I’m verbalizing it very well.

    • puddin says:

      Exactly.

      A baby wearing just a diaper is okay because it’s babyish, and also asexual–a male baby and female baby will look exactly the same. The bikini, however…

      Personally, I would never dress my child in a bikini. It’s inappropriate for any young girl.

    • Harriet Meadow says:

      Drawing attention to the baby’s (lack of) breasts “sexualizes” her? The fact that the baby does or does not have breasts in no way makes her a sexual object. She’s a baby. Breasts exist. Some people wear bikinis and are sexy. The combination of these three sentiments does not mean that the *baby* is meant to be sexy. I just don’t get it…

    • meh says:

      Yeah I agree with this somewhat. The whole purpose of a woman wearing a bikini is to show off her body and show off her tits etc…I don’t really have a PROBLEM with this picture, I guess I just don’t understand the point of it. I’ve never really gotten the whole “young girls wearing bikinis” thing because it seems to me that the whole reason the bikini was invented is for women to showcase their bodies and so it makes no sense that someone would put their child in one. I dunno.

      p.s. that baby looks freakishly long to me

      • MissLeeLoo says:

        I’m pretty sure thee reason women wear bikinis is so they can go to the beach, and maybe tan a little… Not so much to show off their bodies, because in that case than is every man who wears shorts and no top at the beach “showcasing” himself? My thoughts when I wear a bikini are not “I am going to show my ass and boobs to the world today!”… they’re probably more along the lines of “It’s hot as hell and I get to feel the sun on me all day without suffocating!”

        And the whole drama surrounding this picture is ridiculous! That baby is beyond adorable and people need to relax! It’s a baby in a bathing suit! I’m sure there was sexual connotation until these morons brought it up! STUPID!

    • shannon says:

      think of all the girls with small boobs who wear bikinis…this makes no sense. its a swimsuit, come on! its a baby, and if you sexualize a bikini on a 4 month old thats amazing, look into yourself.

  15. RealTalk. says:

    You guys are all faggots with nothing better to do than overanalyze and scold to hide from the misery of your own fucking lives. Get lives first.

  16. puddin says:

    How precious is this child, anyway? Such a sweet face.

  17. evilbeetdouche says:

    Got her mom’s legs.

  18. Harriet Meadow says:

    We also have to keep in mind the context. Apparently this was a joke – Jessica Simpson was going to reveal her “post-baby bikini body,” and this is what she revealed. It was cute and funny. Not meant to be a call to sexual predators nor an example of what Maxwell wears all day long…sheesh.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Leave Jessica Simpson alone! Its her kid! Not like the munchkin is buck ass naked! You wanna freak out about people supposedly exploiting babies innocence someone should remind Mr. Knight about Anne Geddes then he’d really have something to freak out about! Who in their right mind Sees a picture like that & thinks oh yes they are sexually exploiting that baby!! Here come the sexual preditors!!!! ITS A F@*%#-$ BABY YOU PERV!!!!! Get a grip.

  20. v says:

    She looks so adorable I almost died of her cuteness. There is nothing wring with it. I put my baby in one its cuter on babies than women. The ones who are saying its sexualized are the ones who are wrong for thinking that in an infant.

  21. archphoenix says:

    It’s fine. I had a bikini when I was maybe 2 – it was the only way my mom could get me to NOT swim naked at the public pool. I agree, it’s probably a joke since Jess is getting such pressure for her bikini bod.

  22. CranAppleSnapple says:

    Jesus Christ. Please erase that creep above.

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