ReShonda Tate Billingsley: Local Author's Punishment Of Daughter Sparks Social-Media Debate

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a romance author of such books as Can I Get a Witness? and Holy Rollers.

It's not her writing that has people talking about her online, though, it's what's happened with her daughter.

Tate Billingsley's daughter posted a picture of herself on Instagram holding a vodka bottle with a sign saying, "Wish I could drink this."

Tate Billingsley saw it, gave her daughter a talking-to and then took another picture for Instagram: the daughter holding a sign saying, "Since I want to take pictures holding liquor, I'm obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what is and isn't appropriate to post. Bye-bye."

The debate began, among other places, on Tate Billingsley's Facebook page:

Don Plotner This is a perfect example of emotional abuse.

You have manipulated your child's feelings with humiliation in an attempt to control her. Why are you not spending that envergy in trying to control your child's environment? An environment with out the availability of alcohol. Where did she gain access to the alcohol in the first place?

Why are you not spending that energy trying to boost your child's confidence and self esteem so that she does not resort to these types of behaviors?

Why have you confused humility with humiliation?

Frances Christiansen Don perhaps you are the one out of touch see it starts with a drinking game and escalates with that. Should this childs mother have waited unitl her daughter was posing with a needle?

Tate Billingsley told KTRK, "If social media is where you wanna show out, then social media is where you'll get shown out."

She's also appeared on Michael Berry's KTRH radio show.

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