After posting an Instagram video of his 2-year-old son playing football on Monday, Ant Anstead was forced to explain why it’s okay for him to use the boy’s image on social media, but when his ex-wife It’s exploitative if Christina Hall does this.
The British TV host, who is seeking full custody of her son, Hudson, has alleged in court papers that Hall is an underage mother who, among other things, used the boy’s social media for “commercial endeavors”. it used.
Anstead, 43, attracted social media for posting a video clip of Hudson on Monday after he asked a judge last month to both him and his reality TV ex-wife to use Hudson or Hudson’s likeness “in any commercial endeavor.” told to stop doing it.
In court papers, Anstead stated that she and Hall, 38, should not use the boy in any “social media paid promotion, television or streaming program, or explicitly advanced both parents in writing to Joe Hudson.” Could commodity without consent,” People reported.
Ant Anstead requests that Son Hudson not appear in paid media campaigns in full custody filing https://t.co/gmwbm8dUAn
– people (@people) April 29, 2022
Apparently heeding this request, one Instagram user commented on Anstead’s post, asking: “I figured you don’t want your son to be exploited on social media.”
The former “Wheeler Dealers” co-host immediately shot back, insisting he was not exploiting his son — unlike Hall, he argued. “Absolutely not me,” he said. He then used his feedback to pursue Hall’s upbringing.
“Being a kid and capturing biological moments in a child’s footsteps, I’m all in favor! It’s a lovely diary to keep and look back on,” argued Anstead.
“But being a puppet ‘used’ for commercial gain and made for performance upsets my stomach,” he said. “The two are definitely very different xx.”
In court papers, Anstead alleged that Hall, the star of HGTV’s reality TV show, “Christina on the Coast,” used Hudson’s photos in paid social media posts to sell products while she looked after them. I am, people told.
Even if Ansted may say he’s sharing a “proud” moment “in the footsteps of a child,” he’s still publicly circulating those images to his 447,000 followers and Arguably using them to grow his own social media brand.
When it comes to posting cute photos of Hudson for potential commercial or public relations purposes, Anstead has been just as prolific as his ex-wife in recent months. Many people commenting on his video on Monday thought they heard the little boy shouting, “Put your phone down!”
One user wrote, “You are always posting, more than Christina.”
A recent look at Anstead and Hall’s past 60 Instagram posts, going back over the Christmas holidays, shows that Anstead posted photos of Hudson 20 times. Meanwhile, Hall, formerly known as Christina Hack, posted photos of her 18 times.
Certainly, being seen as a devoted parent provides a significant image boost for Hall, who has 1.8 million followers. Her show, “Christina on the Coast”, follows her efforts to balance her life as a working mom with being a glamorous interior designer and real estate professional.
For Anstead, being seen as a practical father figure to Hudson has also become a big part of his identity, popularity, and personal brand.
Many commented on Anstead’s video and praised him for being a good father, defending his decision to post Hudson’s video.
“I personally love watching videos of Hudson,” wrote one person. “They make me smile and you seem like a wonderful father.”
Someone else scolded Anstead’s critic: “Did you enjoy making this beautiful baby experience an embarrassing moment? Really? Have to dig here. ,
Yet another Anstead fan raised his argument that there is a difference between the way Hudson’s images are posted and the way Hall works: “The issue is not the number of posts but the purpose behind the posting. A child’s life.” There’s a difference between posting her moments and using your kid’s posts to make money.”
The Daily Mail reported that last month, a judge denied Ansted’s emergency request for temporary full custody because Ansted failed to prove that Hudson was in immediate danger. The new date of hearing has been fixed for June 28.
Anstead and Hall were married in 2018 and welcomed Hudson in September 2019. A year later, the pair announced that they were ending their marriage.
Hall was previously married to Tarek El Moussa, her partner at an Orange County real estate firm, which inspired her popular “Flip or Flop” series. Their daughter Taylor was born in 2010 and their son Braden was born in 2015. They got divorced in 2017. Earlier this month it was revealed that Hall had married realty Joshua Hall for the third time.
Anstead, who starred in British TV shows based on his skills as a motorist and carmaker, also has two children with his first wife, 18-year-old Emily and 15-year-old Archie. Nine months after Anstead ended his marriage to Hall, he began dating Oscar-winning actor Renée Zellweger, who has also started appearing on her Instagram.
Looking at Anstead and Hall’s social media, it’s hard to see that the moral holds high ground when it comes to using photos of their children for social media influence.
Anstead and Hall reveal themselves to be part of a class of celebrities who regularly share photos of their families, perhaps because they want to come across as likable, relatable, and authentic. This means that their kids become featured players in their efforts to stay connected with fans, promote upcoming projects, and earn extra money by endorsing products.
The week that Anstead accused Hall of using the Hudson for commercial purposes, he posted a video of himself with the boy while building a Lego model car. He tagged the post @lego, indicating that he could have been compensated for the post. Claiming that he himself appeared to do much of the gathering himself: “Hudzo has a passion for building!”