By: Britt L
TLC’s Chilli has been in the spot light since the release of her TLC biopic, “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story,” released early October.
However, Chilli’s happiness in the public eye was short lived when a blog site decided to post malicious statements about her beloved 16-year-old son, Tron.
After the popular black celebrity blog site Mediatakeout ran a crude story about Tron, the 90’s pop and R&B star decided to create an online petition, urging the press to cease and refrain from distributing any hateful stories about celebrity children.
The petition comes shortly after Mediatakeout published a blog post about Tron’s taste in clothes and the styling of his hair.
Christal Jordan, Chilli’s longtime publicist from Enchanted PR, released a statement about Chilli’s petition and explained that she too is a mother and is appalled by the attacks on Chilli’s 16-year-old son.
“I hope you will take a moment to read the letter in the link below from my client Chilli, from the group TLC. Recently the group has been in the headlines with the success of the VH1 biopic (CLICK HERE if you missed that) and we appreciate the constant support for TLC and their projects. However, MediaTakeOut has repeatedly attacked Chilli’s 16 year old son,” said Christal.
“I spoke with him last week, from a professional standpoint and explained to him that as a PR for his mother I advise her on how we handle her image. Many times I advise her against speaking out, however in this instance I found myself thinking less with my professional mind and instead speaking from a mother’s perspective,” Christal concluded.
On Chilli’s Change.org petition, a statement directly from Chilli reads:
Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son. MediaTakeOut.com has posted numerous false stories about me, and other celebrity friends of mine and while I don’t like it, I realize that is a part of what comes with celebrity. However when my 16-year-old son is being attacked, that is when I take off the celebrity hat and become the protective Mother that I am, and I know many of you are.
Adults have the mental capacity to deal and prioritize. Most importantly my son had no choice in who his mother was just like many other celebrity kids do not. It isn’t fair that our children have to deal with cyber bullying because of the career choice of their parents. Anyone under the age of 18 should not be ridiculed or targeted by MediaTakeOut.com or any other website.
When word spread that Chilli created the website in honor of her son and other bullied victims, Fred Mwangaguhunga, CEO and founder of Mediatakeout, released a public apology on the site and promised to confront the individuals responsible for the stories about Tron.
“As many of you are aware, MediaTakeOut.com has a strict policy against criticizing children, whether children of celebrities or otherwise, wrote Fred. ” It’s not clear how an article that clearly violated our stated policy was published, but rest assured that I will get to the bottom of it. I plan to take action against the MTO staffer who wrote the article, and put in place additional safeguards to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Our sincere apologies go out to Tron, Chili, his family and anyone else that were offended by our comments.”
Fred Mwangaguhunga Editor, MediaTakeOut.com
Since the apology was posted, several of the Tron stories on the website have been removed.
It was a great move for the founder to apologize, but will Chilli’s petition really encourage blog sites from bashing celeb teens? Only time will tell.