Kelly Ripa made a joke her son on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and she got some flack fort it.
On Tuesday she talked about about how her son, Michael Consuelos, is living on his own in Brooklyn while attending NYU.
“I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent, and he’s chronically poor. I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now.”
She said her son has been looking forward to the annual Halloween gift of $20 his grandparents usually send. Ripa said her son asked if the gift had arrived this year.
“Now that he’s living on his own, he’s called three times.”
But some folks thought it was in poor taste that a successful celebrity was making light of real poverty.
Yesterday Ripa responded in the comments section of a photo of her and her son on her official Instagram page writing,
“Michael goes to college and is a senior and works full time. He is in his first non parent subsidized apt with roommates. I’m used to getting a lot of slack [flack?] because people love to have fake outrage over something they didn’t see. They only read a headline and wag their tired fingers. I didn’t grow up privileged and neither did @instasuelos [her husband] “We work and we expect our kids to as well. And the fact that a pack of fools want to bitch about that, i say let em.”
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)