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If you’re newly pregnant and contemplating how best to share the news with your family and friends, perhaps you should thank your lucky stars you aren’t in the public eye.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and his wife, Angela, are expecting their first child, but, unfortunately, they didn’t have the luxury of making the official announcement. Instead, a number of media outlets broke the news first.
Following the news, Angela Price took to her blog and penned a post that has since been removed.
If you are visiting my blog to read my rant about the media announcing our pregnancy, sorry I took it down. When I stand by what I said 100% the point of my post was to get my (frustration) out and to let the ones responsible know that their actions were in very poor taste. I strongly believe the media and people in general are way to comfortable discussing women’s bodies especially during pregnancy. I thought this situation was a good time to remind everyone just how sensitive these issues can be. — Angela Price
Anyone who has experienced pregnancy would probably sympathize with Angela’s original predicament. This is her and her husband’s first child, due in the spring of 2016, and she justifiably wanted the once-in-a-lifetime experience of sharing the news with her friends and family.
“The past couple of weeks Carey and I had been discussing ways we could announce our big news,” Price said in her original post, as reported by the New York Post. “But why would a first time mother and father want to be the ones to announce this big news, when heartless media can do that for you?!”
She then goes on to cite specific media members that released the information, calling them “disrespectful, tasteless and just plain cruel.”
Unfortunately, her post did more than get her point across, it started a wave of online bullying and name-calling toward the reporters and Angela herself.
This is where I hope to make amends to the Prices on some level, because although I apologized directly to Carey and Angela via private messages yesterday afternoon, I can’t undo a lapse in judgment that was borne out of a miscommunication between Carey and me on Tuesday night following the Canadiens’ win over the Blues. — John Lu
For her part, Angela cites the destructive result of her original blog post, but does not apologize. She instead justifies its mean nature with, “the effect of being an angry pregnant (woman) I suppose,” adding that she was angry because “the media and people in general are way too comfortable discussing women’s bodies especially during pregnancy.”
She is absolutely right with her latter argument. Kim Kardashian recently spoke out about the media scrutiny she endured over her fluctuating weight that was a result of pre-eclampsia. Media had no idea she was suffering from that condition and, frankly, it doesn’t matter. The wounds left from the public mocking has left her unwilling to smile for the paparazzi when out and about.
Angela Price won’t be out of the public eye anytime soon, starring in season 2 of “Hockey Wives,” premiering October 28 on the W Network in Canada.