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There's truly so much to adore about Busy Philipps. She's a hilarious, trailblazing talk-show host, a talented actress, and she always encourages women to love their bodies as they are. Now, the former Freaks and Geeks star can officially add "clap-back queen" to her ever-growing resume.
Philipps recently shared a photo of her new tattoo on Instagram, which features an illustration of a young girl figure-skating away from the words: "f*ck 'em." She explained that the illustration was drawn for her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little. "Weirdly true to form and as things always tend to be, it really always only hurts a little," she wrote alongside the photo.
Of course, some people on the 'Gram seemed to have opinions about Philipps tattooing expletives on her body—you know, being a mom and all (insert eye-roll here). (Related: This Mom Has a Message for People Who Shame Her for Working Out)
My favorite illustration drawn by @mcfetridge for my book #thiswillonlyhurtalittle (it's in the A Movie Script Ending chapter). Tattooed beautifully by @dre.dayli in Dallas at @thirdeyegallery last night. And weirdly true to form and as things always tend to be, it really always only hurts a little.
"Not a positive message to send to your daughters, but whatever," one person commented on the photo. "I'm not judging. Honestly because I wish I was brave as you to get a tattoo like that—but what do you tell the kids??" wrote another.
To that, Philipps tastefully responded: "I tell them that these are the words to live by. Especially as women." (Related: CrossFit Athlete Emily Breeze On Why Workout-Shaming Pregnant Women Needs to Stop)
Given the number of people who criticized her tattoo on social media, Philipps brought up the drama on her show, Busy Tonight, and called for mom-shamers to "let [her] live."
"My kids have heard the word 'f*ck' before—they're my f*cking kids," she said. "If you're not teaching your daughter to say 'f*ck 'em,' they're just going to end up watching a lot of boys playing video games or skateboarding in parking lots," she continued. "Is that what you want for them?" (Related: Did You Know Swearing Could Improve Your Workout?)
Bottom line: What Philipps chooses to tattoo on her body, or how she raises her kids, is nobody's business. And even though some people might consider swearing to be "inappropriate," the message behind Philipps' tattoo is much bigger and more important than a simple curse word: Stand up for yourself, and do your own thing—no matter what the haters say.