“Caí River Rodríguez Messer. 01/20/2020 10:43am. You share your bday celebrating a legend #MartinLutherKingDay. So proud of your mamá and papí. #blessing #blessed,” Leah wrote.
Aside from the rumor that Leah was assuming MLK was born on MLK day (which is not the case; he was born on January 15), fans locked on to Leahs’ sprinkling of Spanish words. She also captioned the birth shots “#titi” and “#tía,” the affectionate terms for “aunt” in Spanish. Some people believe this is her overcompensating.
“Leah is trying so hard to prove that she isn’t racist and she just sounds f*cking ignorant,” wrote user jackiehennedy on reddit.
User CrazyChaoticCat agreed, “Enough already, shes trying so hard to come off as anti-racist that she actually sounds super racist. The accent marks over all her vowels is so fucking cringey as well.” User TheOtherMansSk1n wrote, “I know im always banging on about racism and cultural appropriation, but it’s so inappropriate and trashy. A bunch of hicks thinking that now they have a coloured baby, they’re woke and strong.”
It wasn’t long before Leah caught wind of the accusations and took to Twitter to clear things up.
“I guess learning español to speak fluently with my nephew is something to mock,” Leah wrote. “Mannnn, Why do so many of you spend your time hating others on social media? You could be much more productive and uplifting. How does this genuinely make you happy? #idontgetit.”
But unfortunately, this just landed Leah in more trouble.
“She knows that he doesn’t just come out speaking Spanish, right?” wrote user MQHD wrote. User CoachKnope agreed, “I think she believes because he’s half Latino he will know Spanish. Like the baby is programmed.”