In a controversial statement made by “Homeland” star Claire Danes on the birth of her three week old infant, Danes said she has no intention of quitting work now that she is a mom.
Danes, 33, who is married to actor Hugh Dancy, told Elle Magazine in the February 2013 edition:
When I was thinking about [working and being a mother] originally, I was really nervous about it…I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mom. It just wouldn’t suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that I’ve had this arrow-straight focus…that I wanted to act.
Danes also says that while she knew she always wanted to be a mom, she’s glad she waited until she was in her 30s to do it. Danes gave birth to a baby boy she named Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy on Dec. 17.
The quote sparked some backlash in some social media circles however.
One Twitter member asked the Huffington Post, “Did you really have to pick that particular quote? Out of context it devalues the role of Stay-At-Home Mom”.
Another wrote, “I hate that term. A Mom is a Mom…no need to use a qualifier”. While another said, “Some moms don’t have a choice. They have to stay at home b/c of the job market!”.
On Huffington Post, a commenter with the screen name “Patriot28” wrote, “If that’s the way she felt, she should not have had any kids. I feel sorry for kids passsed on to someone else to raise because their mother doesn’t want them.”