By Ann Fleming/EEW MAGAZINE
It’s a story that had the Internet all abuzz. When national best-selling author and journalist ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s daughter Mya, 12, posted a picture on Instagram of herself smiling, holding an unopened bottle of vodka saying, “I wish I could drink this,” her mom’s social media smackdown earlier this year went viral. Recently, the mother and daughter discussed the incident on the Ricki Lake show.
The self-proclaimed “nosey mom,” who checks her daughter’s Instagram account regularly, disciplined Mya by having her create and post a sign with this message inscribed on it: "Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should + should not post. BYE-BYE."
When the teen was asked by veteran talk show host Ricki Lake how she felt, she noted the fact that she was crying in the photograph.
“I was pretty upset when I found out that she posted it,” Mya says of her mom’s decision to share the photo of shame on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Watch the two discuss it below.
After hearing both sides, how do you feel about the mother’s decision to publicly discipline her daughter? Was it too harsh a punishment or a great way to teach a lesson?
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