Kathie Lee Gifford is facing some heavy criticism from fans after strongly implying to Family Circle magazine that parents of drug addicts are failures.
The quote in question, from her recent interview:
“I’m not a perfect mom, but my kids haven’t been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school, so I must be doing something right!”
Her implication, intentionally are not, is that the parents of kids who have been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school are not doing it right.
Many of Kathie Lee Gifford’s fans are, predictably, far from pleased and telling her off as a result, posting blistering rebukes on her Facebook page.
“Well Kathy, here is a pic of my little brother who we lost at the age of 33 yrs old due to a DISEASE called DRUG ADDICTION,” wrote one fan.
“I find it funny we were both raised by the same woman called MOM … I am NOT an ADDICT and NEVER was … Poor parenting?? Gimme a break.”
Another went right after the talk show host, saying: “Shame on you Kathie Lee Gifford, shame on you. You are a thoughtless human being.”
“You know the first thing they teach in counseling for loved ones of addicts? The three C’s; you DIDN’T cause it, you CAN’T cure it, and you CAN’T control it.”
“Poor parenting?? I’m glad you never had to face any of your babies drowning in a disease they could not be cured from.”
And on and on and on. Kathie Lee – who also made news recently for asking Martin Short about his late wife – may not have meant to suggest this about all parents of troubled children, but she nonetheless did, and she’s hearing about it.
What do you think of Gifford’s controversial comments?