Singer Pink took aim at Piper Rockelle’s parents, as she accused them of exploiting the social media star, and Piper has hit back
Pink has been put straight by the 14-year-old YouTuber she criticised for sharing bikini snaps on social media.
Young YouTube star and influencer Piper Rockelle was targeted by the So What hitmaker in a tweet on Sunday, as she accused Piper’s parents of exploiting her by posting snaps of the teenager wearing bikinis and skimpy clothes.
“How many kids like Piper Rockelle are being exploited by their parents? And at what point do the rest of us say … ‘this isn’t okay for a 13 yr old to be posing in a bikini whilst her MOTHER takes the photo?!?!’” she wrote.
Some of her fans agreed with her passionate sentiments, and said the “sexualized” pictures were making them feel uncomfortable.
“It is so disturbing. I teach 5th grade and talk to my students OFTEN about how that behavior online is inappropriate and unacceptable,” one wrote, while another replied: “I did a double take of her age 13???And her mother takes these pictures of her??”
In a statement on Tuesday, Piper fired back at the mother-of-two, and insisted she wasn’t being exploited by her family, and that her mother “doesn’t make me do anything”.
“I’m a kid who had a dream, and my mom is amazing enough to help me live it out,” she told TMZ, before taking aim at Pink herself.
“I don’t think Pink has ever seen one of my YouTube videos because if she did, she’d see it’s just my friends and me having fun and acting like ourselves,” Piper added, claiming that the content she creates is “the kind of stuff anyone can watch.”
She said there was “nothing wrong” with being in a bikini and having her mother take photos and upload them onto her social media accounts, and insisted that pictures of teenagers in bikinis “are not sexual”.
She also pointed out that Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, was 14 when she joined the girl group Basic Instinct, and asked why “was it okay for her to follow her dreams, but not okay for me to follow mine?”
Piper appeared on the Today show in the US earlier this week to defend her pictures on social media, and said that there was nothing wrong with her sharing those snaps.
“They’re only sexual if you view us that way,” she fired back.
Her mother, Tiffany Rockelle, defended her actions, and said she was simply helping her daughter to achieve her dream of performing.
“Since Piper was a child, she has had a strong love of performing and she has always had a dream. So long as Piper wants to do this and it’s her passion, I’m here for her to follow that dream and protect her,” she explained.
Former model and reality TV star Courtney Stodden threw their support behind Pink, and said that society had a “responsibility” to prevent children and teenagers from being exploited online.
“It’s our responsibility as a society to step up and protect our kids as much as we can from falling victim to this cycle of digital grooming. As adults, we can see what they can’t,” they wrote.