Celeb Parents Behaving Badly: Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler Twitter Attack
Would you take parenting advice from gossip blogger Perez Hilton?
Maybe Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and model Shanna Moakler should.
Barker recently attacked the parenting skills of his estranged wife Moakler via so-very-public Twitter tweets. The typos are theirs, by the way.
"Killin child molesters and careless mothers 1 tweet at a time. Kids are amazing and should never be exposed to that. Thanks for the support.
@ShannaMoakler Your uncle is a CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER and you will NOT agree to keep him away from the kids. Therefore, i put u on blast.
@ShannaMoakler And there is a thing called a shitty Mom that allows such behavior and thats where u fit right in.
@ShannaMoakler Where is Atiana Shanna ,why do u ship her out every summer where your uncle lives, why don't u spend the summer with her?"
As Perez puts it: "WTF? Shanna allegedly sends her daughter to spend the summers with a convicted child molester?!?" "Atiana" refers to Moakler's daughter with boxer Oscar De La Hoya; the couple also has two children of their own.
Moakler's response, also via Twitter, was to threaten legal action: "My Uncle is NOT a registered Sex offender, and there is a thing called Slander and defamation. Enjoy the Law suit!" She told TMZ that she does not have an uncle, although she later clarified that statement, saying that she is "not blood related to the specific gentleman her [sic] and Travis were referring to."
For the uninitiated, some background on the less-than-happy couple.
Barker is the drummer for Blink-182, a huge selling pop/punk band that recently got back together and is now on tour. (Barker recently tweeted that "Waking up to my kids every morning on tour is the best thing ever. They've become my little road dogs.") He was seriously injured in a plane crash in September of 2008 but has since recovered. Moakler is a former Miss USA who has appeared in Playboy, and also has an acting career.
Some celebrities don't want their children's names or faces to be in the media. For example, John Leguizamo recently said that he didn't mind letting his two children do voices in his film "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" but did not want their faces to appear.
Barker and Moakler clearly don't feel the same way; the entire family had a reality show on MTV in 2006 called "Meet the Barkers." Like many married couples, being on a reality show was not good for their relationship. But, as even Perez Hilton seems to know, Twitter is not the ideal place to discuss family problems.
"If you want to have a discussion about your kids, do it over the phone or in person," he said.
Dr. Spock couldn't have said it better.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.