Mom spins fat-shaming of ‘Stuff Curry’ baby into a positive (pics)
Photographs of a baby from Illinois began making the rounds on social media after people noticed he bore a striking resemblance to Stephen Curry and dubbed him “Stuff Curry.”
“Somebody came across his post and re-posted one of his pictures on Facebook,” Jessica Benton said, via a “Good Morning America” report. “They took his picture without me knowing and said, ‘Give little man a nickname.’ Someone said, ‘Stuff Curry,’ and by the time I noticed it, it had been shared like 50,000 times and there were comments out the wazoo with like 20,000 shares on Twitter. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want my child’s photo out there like that.”
The baby, named Landon, is the 10-month-old son of Jessica and Tommie Benton of Quincy, Ill. The Bentons insist they had no idea why their son was labeled with such a strange moniker, not knowing it was a play on the Golden State Warriors superstar’s name until doing some research on the Internet earlier this year.
“I didn’t know what it meant at the time and kind of got upset, because a lot of the other comments weren’t very nice,” Jessica said. “So I ended up googling ‘Stuff Curry’ and I got Steph Curry.”
More than that, some of the comments made online about Landon were mean-spirited and amounted to fat-shaming and bullying.
“I’m not going to let them fat shame my baby and put it all over online and I just give up there,” Jessica said, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “I wanted to really turn it into something good and take control of it and say, ‘OK, we’re gonna own this name. Yeah, we’re Stuff Curry. We look like the famous basketball player.'”
The bullying component that unfortunately was part of Landon’s sudden rise to fame was sadly significant for the Benton family, as they lost their high school-aged son to suicide while Jessica was pregnant with Landon. The fact that he was bullied motivated the Bentons to turn the “Stuff Curry” craze into a commentary on the potentially devastating impacts of bullying.
“Should I run with this and make it positive, or should I stick my head in the sand?” Jessica said. “I decided to keep on doing what I was doing. In all of those negative comments there were those people who fell in love with him and just said, ‘Oh my God, I just want to squish him.’”
Now that little Landon now has 24,000 followers on Instagram, it certainly appears that the Bentons’ hopes of using “Stuff Curry” to send a positive message is paying dividends.
(images via @BabyLandonLee/Instagram via Good Morning America)