Pete Wilson, the anchor of ABC’s local evening news and host of a radio show on KGO 810 AM, criticized Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his friend Rebecca Goldfader, who are sharing a home and co-parenting a newborn, during a radio broadcast Tuesday.
Their daughter, Sidney, was born last week. Wilson, who said he supports same-sex marriage and lesbian and gay couples raising children, referred to her as an “experiment” because they’re not in a romantic relationship.
“The Dufty-Goldfader baby is, in my mind, a travesty,” Wilson said during an hour he devoted to the topic on air. “Or a potential travesty. Perhaps that’s a better way of saying it.”
Later in his show, Wilson said, “At some point there is a limit to how far we stretch the self-indulgent search for the alternative that we have been involved in the last 30 or 40 years in this country.”
For the record, I know plenty of married people raising kids who are not in what anyone would characterize as a romantic relationship, so can we just stop with this stupid self-important list of pre-reqs everybody’s got for how other people’s kids should grow up? Honestly.
Parenting has always looked to me, the outsider, as hard efuckingnough without everybody and their brother telling you ought to be doing it their way and that living in the city dooms your kid to be a crackhead, or that “you can’t raise children without” insert issue X here, or that the kind of baby seat you’re using is gonna deform your kid, or that your kid is not a kid at all but an “experiment” because you’re not living the way some local-news jackhole wants you to live.
Everybody’s gotta figure out what works for them, and in a perfect world, everybody would have the economic and social freedom to make whatever choice suited them best, and we’d all be over this nosy-neighbor-cult bullshit that says the rest of the world needs to approve of what you’re doing before it’s okay.