The internet, as we all know, is both a blessing and a curse these days (video below).
On the one hand, it has given us all a way to stay instantly connected with one another; checking up on an old friend, a family member or your favorite celebrity takes little more than a click of a button.
On the other hand, the more exposure you have online, the more you open yourself up to commentary from viewers -- and when the commentary is positive, it's great. But often, a seemingly innocent post has the power to incentivize millions of viewers.
In the case of singer Kelly Clarkson, the latter happened when she posted what I'm sure she thought was an innocuous video of her 2-year-old daughter, River Rose, having her very first taste of the popular hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella.
"River's first Nutella experience. It should have been via crepe but toast was easier," Clarkson wrote.
Look, I'm pretty sure nobody thinks that Nutella is a health food (and if you do, boy do I have some bad news for you), but the way the internet is reacting, it's as though nobody's ever heard of the phrase "everything in moderation" before!
Immediately, a league of shaming Instagrammers began commenting on the post.
"Nutella is hella bad for you," said one user, which actually is a pretty truthful comment all things considered. But things escalated quickly:
"Stop eating Nutella it's been confirmed to give cancer," said another user. Um, okay ... perhaps that could just be a general statement meant to warn us all. But then this commenter totally targeted Kelly:
"Yep. Start them out with cancer at an early age."
Isn't that going a bit too far? Listen: We should probably all make a better effort to avoid products that contain palm oil (especially for the orangutans) and strive to make mindful and healthy choices for our bodies. But commenting on a stranger's Instagram video and lecturing them for something as insignificant as allowing their daughter a treat is not the way to go about addressing what you see as a problem.
Do you agree with the shaming Instagram warriors? Or do you think Clarkson and her daughter should be left in peace?