Commenting on Brown’s Instagram photo, a reader identified as mrpanamera83 wrote “somebody got boo thang pregnant. Congrats. Where the ring at though?”
A more cutting comment came from kareem.patton, who wrote “I hate when people celebrate single mothers in the black community single mother ism is killing our community.”
Brown has generally avoided responding to her critics online. Several attempts by the AJC to reach her for comment were unsuccessful.
She has briefly mentioned her relationship with the baby’s father in a Twitter post.
Others have jumped to Brown’s defense. “wow i didn’t kno ppl could hate so hard,” wrote milah.jay
“WHY ARE THESE SO PRESSED ABOUT YOU HAVING A BABY AND SINGLE??” wrote babeblessing100.
Several respondents mentioned the controversy around a series of Macy's advertisements that showed families in their Christmas pajamas, but failed to show a black family with a father present.
“Can anyone detect whats wrong w/this Macy's ad?” wrote Sir’us (Sir) Masters on Twitter.
Macy’s sent an apology to NewsOne that said the chain planned a “thorough discussion on how to be more thoughtful in the future.”
Some of Brown’s followers suggested that her posts help reinforce those negative messages.
Wrote dpc334: “this is why and how negative stereotypes of blacks are formed. All you see on IG are these single moms posting pics of their pregnancy or kid with no husband.”
Others pay more attention to Brown’s efforts for her schoolchildren, which have garnered praise.