Today is Mother’s Day, so have a happy one all you mothers. I’m spending the day hanging out with a friend and going to see Star Trek. I’ll call my mother later, but that’s about it.
ParentDish.com conducted a survey asking American moms which celebrities they would feel the most comfortable leaving their kids with.
More than 10.000 moms were polled, and in what could be considered a slight victory for gay and lesbian families, Comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi topped the list.
Ellen and Portia received 31% of votes, while Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in third with just 18% of votes. Perhaps even more surprising is that Jennifer Aniston came in second, with 22% of the votes. Oprah Winfrey, by the way, received 9% of votes.
In a related poll about celebrity mothering in general, Angelina Jolie was at the bottom of the list – behind Jennifer Garner, who won with 37% of the votes, followed by Michelle Obama and Reese Witherspoon.
In the fight for worst celebrity mom, trash-star Courtney Love barely beat Dina Lohan, with Britney Spears in a very close third.
The other side of all this is, of course, are the most horrible celebrity mothers. While we can all probably agree that Joan Crawford and her wire hangers take the cake, there are several celebrity mothers giving Mommy Dearest a run for her money these days.
From Mean Betty at BettyConfidential.com:
Denise Richards, Publicity Whore
Mean Betty isn’t giving Charlie Sheen any credit here – it takes two to tango and the media display this pair made over their nasty 2007 divorce and custody battle truly was an awesome, popcorn-worthy spectacle. However, Denise takes the Mommy Dearest routine to the limit with her insistence on dragging her daughters into the “reality” limelight.
Dina Lohan, “Momager” from Hell
Publicity-seeking, George Clooney-crushing, vicarious-living “Momager” Dina Lohan truly gives new credence to the negative connotations of “stage mother.” Don’t you agree? Everyone knows the Hollywood/Disney machine is nothing but a glamorous sort of puppy mill for trashy, washed-up fallen pop princesses – a girl needs a stable, secure, SANE mother to help her navigate through those perilous waters. Unfortunately for Lindsay Lohan, that is.
Britney “My Whole Life Is One Big Circus” Spears
Ok, yes, yes, Mean Betty knows … it’s not really nice to kick a girl when she’s down-up-down-up-down-up … wait – is she up now or down? Mean Betty has lost track. Is anybody else dizzy? Whatever rung of the ladder Brit-Brit is currently clinging to by her acrylic nails, the fact of the matter is – she may be wearing her (big-girl) panties these days, but that’s not saying much when it comes to motherhood.
“Real” Housewife Alex McCord
Oh, my dears, Mean Betty has to tell you about the funniest thing. Recently Mean Betty received a press release extolling Alex McCord’s book on … wait for it … PARENTING! Isn’t that too rich? It’s not that Mean Betty faults her for having out-of-control children … oh, wait, yes it is. But really, it’s that she has the audacity to write a book giving other parents advice when her children clearly belong in a zoo. And letting her husband, Simon, walk around dressing as he does (did you, per chance, have the pleasure of seeing the sparkly red pleather leggings he sported this week?) is most definitely going to do some permanent damage to their sons. Finally, Mean Betty is not so sure that the plethora of her nude photos showing up everywhere is going to do them a whole lot of good either.
And, finally, of course … it’s too easy … but it must be said …
Octomom, Poster Mother of Doom
One doesn’t like to be obvious, but … really. Nadya Suleman is a shining example – no, make that warning – of all that can go wrong when the accessible, incredible medical technology we have today collides with our celebrity-obsessed “reality” culture. Or … to put it another way … some people should be barred from the fertility specialist’s office. With her stripper past, her tête à têtes with Mr. Smarmy Dr. Phil, her brushes with child-protective services, her feud with Gloria Allred, her straight-to-video white-trash arguments with Octo-granny, her NEW TATTOO … honestly, is there some kind of unique Mother of the Year award we can bestow upon her?