Viral Mom Defends 'Christmas Story'-Inspired Photo of Newborn Holding BB Gun
The photographer behind a newborn portrait inspired by the movie "A Christmas Story" defended her work after it sparked backlash for featuring a miniature replica BB-gun.
The now-viral photo featured the baby sleeping near the 1983 film's famous Leg Lamp and dressed in the iconic bunny suit, holding the fake weapon upright.
After sharing the photo to her Indiana studio's Facebook page, Amy Haehl said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that it was met with a mostly positive reaction amid some negative comments.
"There [were] a couple initial reactions, whether it was because [people] didn't understand the movie or had something to say," Haehl said.
Haehl noted in her Facebook post that the tiny faux gun was made out of wood so the child would "NOT shoot his eye out during the creation of this photo," referring to the movie's famous line.
Little Ralphie's mother, Adria Racette, added on Monday that without the gun, the photo wouldn't have been true to the film.
"It was probably a little bit of misunderstanding, but it was still really exciting for us to see a movie kind of come to life in a newborn shoot," she said. "I would totally do it again."
As for next year's shoot, Haehl wouldn't reveal her ideas but said that she's "always thinking."
Watch more about the viral photo above.