Exposing your loved ones to hate and ridicule is something that often comes with the territory when you're a celebrity, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with.
Just ask Solange Knowles, who demonstrated how far she's come in responding to criticism. And this time it was about her son, Daniel Julez Smith. Solange posted a photo of Daniel on her Instagram rocking a throwback outfit from the 1980s.
An Instagram user thought it wise to post in the comments section, “So cute but at the same time he ugly."
I imagine that Solange rocked herself back and forth after reading that comment, mouthing, "The devil is a liar," before taking several deep breaths, woosahing a few times and then sternly yet maturely letting the user know what time it was:
Jussst as I thought it was safe to share pictures again, a young'n like you decides to use her time to spread ugliness. I don't fault you, I can only imagine why you would feel the need to say such things, but thanks again for being a reminder that out of all the love and wonderful energy shared, that when I open up a space for an innocent beautiful being like my boy to be criticized and judged, that I WILL most likely respond, and that he receives enough love and celebration at home that it's not worth it to go down this road.
Let's clap for Solange. We saw how she dove on Jay Z in that elevator. This truly could have gone in another direction.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.