You know how the old saying goes: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. It's one that Home Town's Erin Napier can surely get behind, and wishes that users on Instagram could too. The 35-year-old designer, who has received a lot of criticism on social media around the parenting of her three-year-old daughter Helen, chatted with Us Weekly on Wednesday about how the Internet is home to savagery not often seen in real life, and how she handles rude comments directed at her.
"I don’t understand why people feel like they can say on social media things they would never say in person," she told the outlet, noting that she's never been unkind to others on the Internet. Napier goes on to explain that she has received many cruel comments—particularly from other mothers—which besides being hurtful, is also just baffling to her. "You would absolutely not speak to me this way in person. Why do you feel like it’s okay to do it here? It’s not. And this little corner of the Internet belongs to me so you’re not welcome here anymore."
Napier makes clear that she won't let these comments slide. "Any time someone feels like they can be rude on my social media account, I’d like to let them know this isn’t an acceptable way to communicate and you’re not going to be welcome here anymore, and I block them," she says.
Last month, Napier took to Instagram to address fans after a now-deleted photo of Helen sent users into a spiral. "There were cruel comments within moments," she wrote, adding that her daughter's hair was being criticized as well as comments "about COVID."
"As if from a tiny vignette you can see the whole picture of precaution and how we wear ourselves out keeping our family safe every day, the endless testing, while trying not to sacrifice every last shred of normalcy when it’s as safe as it can possibly be," she continued.
Furthermore, Napier spoke out last March about how Instagram is her "cozy place" that she uses as "a photo journal" to connect with fans and catalog important moments. She went on to say that her page is not a place to "be mean" and vowed to block anyone who is "cruel or critical." The HGTV star continues to stand by that last part.
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