Ice-T had one thing to say to people who criticize how he raises his daughter: mind your business. The Law & Order: SVU star recently caught flak after posting a photo of his 5-year-old daughter with French-tip nails because people said she was too young.
Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, was on The View this week when co-host Ana Navarro asked him how he deals with online critics. He doesn’t.
“Rule 1 on the internet: Do not pay attention to what anyone says,” Ice-T replied. “Worry about the people that walk up to you and say things in your real life. Those are the people you should be concerned with. The internet is the world. It’s the world talking, so I don’t pay attention.”
The actor, who plays Fin Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU, and his wife Coco Austin have one daughter, 5-year-old Chanel.
“Everybody parents differently,” he concluded. “Every house has its own constitution. We’re doing okay. Our baby’s okay.”
Coco Austin posted a photo recently of Chanel on her first day in kindergarten. Some fans freaked out when they saw the girl had on acrylic nails to go along with her braided pigtails and school uniform.
“I’m sorry but no to tips and makeup at her age. Let her be an adorable little 5-year-old,” one person posted.
Though, this isn’t the first time the internet has called out the couple for their parenting skills. The family revealed recently that Coco still breastfeeds her daughter, a fact that people kept bringing up in the comments.
“Why she got tips but still breastfeed(?) Is she a baby or a young woman?” someone wrote.
But the couple had their supporters as well.
“She’s adorable. Sadly many can’t see past what they have an issue with some parents give their kids unhealthy food and nobody is calling them out,” one person wrote. “As mothers, we choose how we are raising our children, and all I see in this picture is a girl that wants to look pretty for picture day.”
Ice-T Poses Gives an ‘Ice Cold Fact’ About Life After Losing Friend
Ice-T recently announced the death of his friend Joseph “Taheim” Bryan. Bryan, who worked with the rapper and Law & Order star on 2020’s Equal Standard, died in August after someone shot him several times. The writer/producer was 50.
Though he was sad, Ice-T said the killing reminded him how precious life is and how important it is to spend it with the people you love. He snuggled up with Chanel in an Instagram post to help others understand that.
“ICE Cold Fact: When you’re enjoying life, enjoy it to the FULLEST,” Ice-T wrote in the caption. “Happiness is rare. Pain and bad days are guaranteed. Appreciate every second with your loved ones. Life is Precious, Priceless, and Fragile… Don’t ever take it for granted. Love is Love”
It’s unclear if police have arrested anyone for Bryan’s murder.