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Madonna Instagram Photo Shows Son, 13, Holding Gin Bottle

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On January 4th, on the Madonna Instagram page, was a picture the 55-year-old pop star took of her son, Rocco, holding a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin. This picture has raised controversy with fans and parents all over the world. Rocco, 13, was proudly posing in this picture with a bottle of alcohol, which in the eyes of the general public, doesn’t seem to reflect well on her as a parent, much less a celebrity that people are supposed to admire. The Madonna Instagram photo captioned, “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014,” lead to extreme backlash and angry comments from her followers and fans.

Madonna Instagram Scandal

The world famous pop star and her four children decided to spend their New Year’s Eve in the Swiss Alps skiing. In Switzerland, the legal drinking age is only 16, but still more appropriate than 13. The comments that were left on the Madonna Instagram photo of her 13-year-old son (and two other youthful-looking friends), allegedly glorifying a bottle of gin, definitely showed that her fans were not impressed with her parenting choices. Many unpleased followers went on to say that the pop star is a “terrible parent” and that underage drinking is not a joke. Madonna later responded with a caption to another Madonna Instagram photo posted the following day that read, “No one was drinking we were just having fun!” The pop star explained that people needed to get a sense of humor and to not start the year off with judgment.

Underage Drinking And Teen Alcoholism

Why is it that so many people reacted so strongly towards this picture that supposedly was intended to be a fun little joke? Like quite a few of the Madonna Instagram followers have stated, underage drinking is nothing to mess with or joke about. Underage drinking is quite the epidemic in the US, and has been for quite some time. Over 50% of alcoholics and addicts who suffer from the disease of addiction stated that they started drinking before the age of 13. When Madonna posts pictures of her thirteen-year-old son Rocco posing with a bottle of gin, it looks as if she may be glorifying underage drinking. Hence, why this Madonna Instagram photo is so controversial and is making headlines left and right. Some people think that Madonna was posting that photo for attention, while others think it’s funny and are defending her. Regardless, underage drinking is never okay to joke about, and we at The Watershed want to hear your opinion on this controversy. Is it wrong that she posted a picture of her 13-year-old son holding a bottle of gin, or do you find it funny?

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