It’s the cry of children whose parents take to social media and chronically embarrass themselves – think sexual status updates and jarring intrusions on your Facebook wall.
And no one has it worse than Frances Bean Cobain, whose mother Courtney Love – once again – took to Twitter to humiliate herself with a series of rambling messages, this time at the expense of her 19-year-old daughter.
“i hear from frannies roommate that @davegrohl hit on frances, and that she was curious, I’m not mad at her, him i am about to shoot, dead,” The Hole singer tweeted.
Her account – @cbabymichelle – is locked from the public, but hardly private: Gawker was able to post a screen grab of the whole sad momma-bear thread.
For her part, Frances had had enough, issuing this statement: “While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy.”
“Biological mother” (read: “I didn’t choose her”) no doubt stung, as did the kicker: “Twitter should ban my mother.”
(Mr. Grohl also responded in a statement: “Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.”)
As usual, no one is pitying Ms. Love, but it can go both ways with parental gaffes on social media, at least where celebrities are concerned.
That was the case in an endlessly entertaining Twitter spat between rapper Bow Wow and his mother, Teresa Caldwell, who had taken to tweeting her disappointment in her son, this after he boasted online about driving his “Lambo” drunk.
“It’s time for Bow 2 spend some QT with me now,” mom tweeted about the dearth of quality time with her boy. “He’s been with JD all day. I’m leaving 2morrow. That’s how sons r. Daughters aren’t like that.”
Then she got domestic: “the bentley had a flat. Take those rims off.” And then she got pervy: “My ex is looking good. To [sic]bad I have a boo.”
It was all too much for Bow Wow, who tweeted: “Making my mother delete her twitter account. NOW!” When that failed, he threatened to delete his own account, which backfired as fans rallied around Ms. Caldwell instead. In the end, Bow Wow’s impudent tweets disappeared, the digital equivalent of being sent to your room without supper.
How do you deal with parental intrusions on your Facebook and Twitter accounts? Do family members air your dirty laundry online because they can’t reach you on the phone?