News Mum hits back at her daughter Brooke’s critics
THE mother of a five-year-old girl whose dressing down of Prime Minister Theresa May went viral – has hit back at her daughter’s critics.
Holly Matthews, a Coventry-based actress and blogger, took to video sharing platform Youtube to address those who targeted daughter Brooke Blair.
Schoolgirl Brooke’s message to Mrs May has been viewed over 31,000 times since it was uploaded two weeks ago and has featured in national headlines.
In the video Brooke said she had seen “hundreds and millions” of homeless people on the streets and added that Mrs May should be distributing biscuits and hot chocolate, or even building houses for them.
Many of those who commented on the video commended the passion with which Brooke delivered her 53-second speech, and some even tipped her as a future prime minister.
However social media users have been less than kind towards the passionate youngster calling her video “cringe worthy” and “coached” with others saying that her parents “have turned their child into a puppet”.
Brooke’s mother, former Byker Grove star Holly, took to Youtube to defend her daughter.
She told viewers: “Five-year-olds are really, really inquisitive. They’re humans before all other social rubbish is being plonked on top of them. So they see the world really simply.
“Some of those that have commented on the video have said thinks like ‘you lefty parents indoctrinating your children.’ Yes I am definitely a lefty parent without a doubt and I don’t think that’s an insult.
“My job as a parent is to bring up a great little human.
“Brooke will often challenge me and that’s what’s great about children because they do see things how we don’t. They don’t have any of the stuff that we put all the social norms and things they don’t understand them.
“They talk very eloquently and very clearly about things and very passionately. If you feel the need to call a fiveyear-old girl with lovely, compassionate opinions precocious, fill your boots. Go ahead but just know that’s coming from you, that’s coming from your insecurities about your level of intelligence.”
In response to the allegations that Brooke was spoon fed, Holly said: “She wasn’t. She listens to lots of different things. Of course she listens to me, I’m her parent, we talk freely and I give her information, but I always say to Brooke and my other daughter Texas that I’m not the only person out there that they have to get their information from.”
The Telegraph contacted Holly when her response video hit the web. When asked if the family had been affected by the negative attention on social media, Holly told the Telegraph that they choose not to read the comments.
Holly said: “Brooke hasn’t been affected at all and neither have we. I don’t read any of it. We know our truth and who our little girl is.”