These five celebrity dads may not win Piers Morgan's approval, but they've got ours.
Daniel Craig is a man who oozes confidence and masculinity—he wouldn't have been cast as James Bond if he didn't—but he's also a new dad, having recently welcomed a baby with actress Rachel Weisz. So to most people, it is absolutely not surprising that Craig was spotted out and about while baby-wearing. He's got a new baby and he's got places to go, so it's hardly shocking to see him sporting a Tula. It would be more shocking to see him in a spotless suit at this point.
Controversial TV host Piers Morgan had a different reaction than most, though, to the sight of the former 007 doing what dads all over the world do every day. Morgan tweeted the photograph along with the caption "Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond."
Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond https://t.co/cqWiCRCFt3— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1539581503.0
Morgan may take issue with the above photograph, but the swift response to his tweet (oh yes, he got dragged on Twitter) proves most people understand that dads are parents too, and that there are a ton of benefits to babywearing. That's why so many of them are doing it these days.
Let's set the record straight for Morgan and anyone else who is confused about this: There is absolutely nothing emasculating about babywearing. A man sporting a baby carrier is probably trying his best to be a good father, and there is nothing more masculine than that.
As the Chicago Tribune reports, dads like Craig have been strapping on baby carriers with increasing frequency in recent years, so much so that the organization Babywearing International has seen an increase in male baby wearers and educators at its meetings.
Here are four more celebrity dads who would totally fit in at one of those meetings:
Back in 2015, about six months after the couple welcomed their first child, Ryan Reynolds's wife Blake Lively uploaded the above shot to Instagram. Reynolds did not look emasculated, but he did look like a dad who might want to check out one of those Babywearing International meetings because (as the internet quickly told him) he was making some mistakes with his carrier positioning.
"The baby's not properly secured in the vessel that I'm wearing there," Reynolds later explained on the TODAY show. "And you know, I'm a first-time dad and that is not the first mistake I've made. And I can guarantee you it won't be the last."
Wearing a baby and admitting when you've made a parenting mistake? Seems pretty masculine to us.
Daniel Craig and Kevin Hart don't just share a profession: They also share taste in baby carriers, as this Instagram snap of Hart and his son Enzo proves. Like Craig, Hart reached for the Tula Free-to-Grow carrier in the "Discover" print. It's very gender-neutral (despite what Morgan thinks).
Chris Hemsworth has made a career out of playing hyper-masculine characters, but honestly, he's never looked as manly as he does in this photo his wife, Elsa Pataky posted. When you have more than one baby (and more than one Lillebaby) why wouldn't both parents wear one?
This picture of John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen (from back when Luna was small enough to fit an Ergo) speaks volumes about John's masculinity and fatherhood, and how secure he is in both. Yes, Chrissy is physically present and could be carrying the baby, but John's still the one in the carrier because he's an involved father and a supportive partner. He's modern masculinity personified.
Unlike these celebrity dads, Piers Morgan says he "wouldn't be caught dead in a papoose." It's really too bad, because he may have missed out on some special bonding time with his four children (and maybe some quieter moments, too). There's a ton of research suggesting that the bond dads build with their babies in infancy can have long-term benefits, and a study published in the journal Pediatrics found the use of baby carriers can help reduce crying.
There is absolutely nothing emasculating about a strong dad comforting and carrying his child. That's just what good fathers do.