AceShowbiz - Dean McDermott has taken to his podcast series to defend his and Tori Spelling's son against cyber bullying. In the latest episode of his "Daddy Issues" podcast, the 52-year-old actor called out online trolls who body-shamed 12-year-old Liam.
The Canadian star said his son read online comments which prompted him to ask if he's fat. "Liam picked it up, and that's when I really went ballistic, because it's like, you know, it's gonna happen," he remembered. "He said, 'Dad, am I obese?' "
Dean told Liam that the negative comments said more about the commenters themselves, "I said, 'Look buddy -- there's some sick people in the world ... and they need to do stuff like this. They need to say bad things about people. Think about it, son. You have a busy life. You have school, you got sports; do you think you have time to go on Instagram, scroll through the people that you're following, and make a negative comment about somebody?' "
He went recalling his response to his son's heartbreaking question, "I said, 'No, you don't. You don't, and if you did, you'd fill your time with something else. So think about how sick these people are that they have to do that.' "
This is not the first time Dean and Tori's kids became the victims of cyber bullying. Back in January, the former "Chopped Canada" host clapped back at Internet bullies who said his children were "fat" and looked "terrible" after his wife Tori shared a picture of the whole family at a screening of "A Dog's Way Home".
"I am absolutely horrified and disgusted by the comments being left about my children," the former "True Tori" star lamented at the time. "Body shaming and bullying my children??!! What is wrong with you people??!!"
Explaining that his kids were going through "different growth stages," the father of six added, "As far as saying my children are overweight, well that's just mean and uncalled for. They're going through different growth phases, and even if our children are on the bigger side. Who cares. They're happy and healthy and I'm sorry they don't look like skinny supermodels. People come in all shapes and sizes. So who are you to judge."
Dean claimed that the photo was taken after a "long day" at school and which is why it was normal that they looked "disheveled" at that point. "So I apologize we didn't get the iron and steamer out to make them perfect for you," he said sarcastically. "They're kids. They're messy and dirty. That's what they do."
As for his kids' outfits, the reality TV star defended their fashion choice, "And what's wrong with shopping at Target??!! Over half of America shops there. The way they grow out of clothing so quickly is astounding. Are we supposed to shop at Gucci?? These are kids folks. Messy stinky little bundles of fun, laughter and love."