I’m sorry, but stupid is stupid. And some actors and actresses — unknowingly — prove their stupidity on a constant basis.
New parent and actress Jodie Turner-Smith recently told British Vogue that she and her husband, actor Joshua Jackson, decided to have their child at home rather than at a hospital because of “systemic racism” in the U.S, according to the Washington Examiner.
No, that’s not a joke.
“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than 3 times greater for black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism,” Turner-Smith said.
The British Vogue online article doesn’t include the quote above, but the physical magazine does house Turner-Smith’s “essay in full.” The New York Post’s Page Six reported the quote from the magazine.
Turner-Smith also reportedly said one of the factors in deciding to have their child at home were hospital restrictions that prevented others to be in the room during the delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice,” Turner-Smith said. “Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support.”
If Turner-Smith had left her reasoning at wanting her husband in the birthing room with her during the delivery, there would be no article to write about this. But when you bring racism into a situation where there is none, then you leave yourself open to ridicule.
Sorry, but for Turner-Smith to basically say that the hospital system is racist towards pregnant black women is outright dumb and ignorant while also screaming of a cry for attention.