In the wake of Trump’s election there were a lot of stories from Facebook Parents about how their kids were ‘scared’ or ‘terrified’ or ‘angry’ when Trump got elected. These stories were pretty eyeroll-worthy because until a certain age kids just believe what you tell them. If your kids are terrified of Trump, it’s because you told them to be terrified of Trump which, honestly, is the kind of thing you should insulate your kids from, not milk for Facebook likes.
To be clear, there’s plenty for kids to be scared about when it comes to Trump and the future, it’s just that it’s not really their job to be worried. Parents are there to worry on behalf of their kids, so they don’t have to. If you’re worried about paying the mortgage, you don’t confide in your 2-year-old.
Anyway, Keira Knightley just told viewers of The Jonathan Ross Show what her 19-month-old daughter did while they were watching Trump coverage the morning after the election:
“She’s like this watching the television, completely silently and totally still for about four minutes and she rolls over onto her back and she closes her eyes and she goes, ‘Fuck!'”
Again, it’s possible the story happened exactly as Knightley described, but do the events have any connection? Does she think her baby daughter saw a man on the television, realized the television show was a non-fiction current news program, made a rational decision that she doesn’t like the person pictured and then chose the f-word on purpose as her reaction? Keira has to know that there’s no meat in this story, it’s just a child repeating a word it’s heard her parents say.
Keira says of the story “I’m very proud.”