A newly posted video of Alicia Silverstone spitting chewed up food into her 11-month old son’s mouth has a lot of people feeling pretty grossed out, and rightly so. Then again, it’s not too far off from how I imagine Cher Horowitz might parent a child.
First, some context. The world’s most famous vegan mom posted this video to her website TheKindLife over the weekend with the following explanation:
I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating. This video was taken about a month or 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!
The question of who has the time to cook a four-course omakase for breakfast aside, what benefits exactly does baby birding that stuff to young Bear Blu impart? Enough to justify doing something so creepy?
A panel of experts brought in by Fox News ranged in opinion from “it might give him some bad germs” to “it’s probably fine, but it’s still super gross.” Personally, I’m a little skeeved out any time a mom looks like she’s making out with her kid. Seems like it might give him issues down the road, maybe? Let him chew his own food! Kids need to learn sometime.
Then again, I could totally imagine her character in Clueless doing the exact same thing. Shallow LA people are totally vulnerable to new age-y pseudoscience like raw food-ism and making baby food in your mouth, because it gives them something to do all day. Whenever Alicia Silverstone does something weird from now on, I’m just going to pretend it’s Cher doing it, and laugh and laugh.