Caroline, 13, takes it out on TikTok and reveals that she is bisexual. The girl’s age causes a tidal wave on social media. This child exploitation, argues Meghan McCain
A lot of people judge me at first sight based on him, but I disagree with most of his views. Caroline Cruz’s TikTok Confession, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Texan senator and ultra-conservative Ted, caused a tidal wave on American social media, also because in the comments the girl would have revealed, in response to a question, of being bisexual and not having told your parents yet. Honestly, I’m a little nervous, Caroline wrote on her now-private profile, but I don’t think she’ll get mad. Still, note the site Lgbtq Nation, who first broke the news, young Cruz would do well to worry: her father is one of the staunchest opponents of gay rights in the US Congress.
Beyond the easy ironies – the Dallas Observer jokes that the senator won’t even get his daughter’s vote in the upcoming elections – and personal attacks, many observers have found the headlines of some progressive media to be at least misplaced, interested only in pursuing an ideology, especially for the age of its protagonist. This exploitation of minors, a disgusting ethical negligence on the part of the media. Leave her alone, Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican Senator John and columnist for the Daily Mail. I hate Ted Cruz, the feminist writer Jill Filipovic replied from the other side of the political stream, but her daughter is 13 years old, and the teenage stuff you post on TikTok is not in the public interest.
Actually Caroline – who also accuses her parents in the video of manipulating a Christmas photo to make her clothes look more conservative – she was simply recounting what it means to be the daughter of a senator, with a list of pros and cons: among other things, she said, she hates having two bodyguards accompanying her to friends’ houses. Furthermore, the young Cruz is not the first daughter to distance herself from her father’s political positions – even Ron Reagan was often at odds with Ronald – not the first to do so on TikTok.
A year and a half ago, videos of daughter Claudia, 15, led to the resignation of Trump’s chief adviser Kellyanne Conway. accused of being a selfish interested only in money and fame, and of having ruined her life. The girl, who had repeatedly trolled her parents on social networks – where she had hundreds of thousands of followers and from whom she eventually took a sanity break – basically claimed the same thing as Caroline: difficult for a teenager to distance his public image from that of a parent.
I hope the media honor the long tradition that requires leaving the children of politicians out of contention, regardless of how hard the guys push to get in, commented a Forbes Susan Campbell of the University of New Haven. Something good, from this story, could come out: In 2013, after his 19-year-old son Will came out, Ohio Senator Rob Portman became the first conservative to support same-sex marriages. Times have changed, party lines are even more rigid than a decade ago, but who knows, thinking of his daughter, Cruz will not soften.