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There’s nothing alarming about giving your daughter or granddaughter a bath. But add on an Instagram photo shoot and a shared bathtub between an adult and a child, and you’ll start to raise some eyebrows.

That was the case when a photo was posted on Bishop Larry Trotter’s Instagram page in which he appeared to be naked, or atleast topless, in the bath alongside his granddaughter. Many on the internet reacted with outrage, claiming that bath time should be between a man and his wife and taking bath with other females in one’s family is inappropriate. Some even went as far to call the Bishop “disgusting” and “sick.”

The senior pastor of mega-church Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago, Illinois, did not take the accusations of impropriety lightly. He appeared on the John Hannah Morning Show, saying that he and his granddaughter, who is four years of age, both had on swim trunks and her mother was present during the small five-minute window in which the little girl was in the tub. He also maintains another family member uploaded the photo to his account. He said the backlash has made the last couple of days a “dark” and “hurtful” time for him.

Though the Bishop admits the picture was “unwise,” he says it was not uncommon to share bathwater when he was growing up. And he thinks it is awful that the picture has been interpreted in such a negative way: “I’m not ashamed of what I did. I am ashamed and hurt that it is going out all over the world and people have called me everything from a child molestor to a to a narsty old man and how I should get out of the ministry – the vulgarity has been terrible.”

He promises to never do “it” again and also not to let anyone else have access to his Instagram page.

What are your thoughts on Bishop Trotter’s picture, Clutchettes?

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    “unwise” is right. I would also add strange. In a swimming pool is one thing, but a bathtub is just…odd.

  • lil ray

    Unwise indeed.
    im just smh on this one.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    I find it more unsanitary than anything. However, a public figure should take every action into consideration in ordee for it to not be taken out of context.

  • EST. 1986

    Disgusting. Just as disgusting as people who give open mouth kisses to babies and toddlers.

  • Me

    This is the perfect “come on son” moment. You are a pastor & thought posting this pic was gunna be harmless? -_______- When I saw it I was baffled because I naturally assumed they were naked but if they had on swim trunks and the mom was there then fine but come on son. Do better. Ppl need to stop putting all there business on social media especially if they are community leaders.

  • Bria

    Yea we shared bath water…but it was usually with family members who were the same age, not with grandpa! Plus those “shared water” baths stopped at the appropriate age of 6 or 7.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    People give open mouth kisses to kids? *vomits*

  • binks

    Unwise indeed, nearly everything you do or say to a child these days someone will have an opinion on it especially with men since it seem thoughts of child molestation or inappropriateness concerning young children are a quick draw these days. It could have been perfectly innocent but if someone didn’t know who he was or the situation behind the photo I can see how people would jump the gun and go WTF here especially as mention that you normally don’t see pictures like this except with other kids in the bath water so um…yeah. So I don’t blame folks who questioned the photo and the appropriateness of it, I rather deal with a million false incidents than miss one right incident.

  • Kacey

    I think this is beyond unwise. Unfortunately, childhood sexual abuse is often is masked by seemingly “innocent” acts like these. People are in denial about how prolific pedophilia is and are only too willing to turn a blind eye to questionable behavior, or to make excuses for it. No right-thinking adult is going to get naked with a child in a tub or a bed and then claim that its all in good fun or part of family bonding.

  • Yvette

    Who wears swim trunks while taking a bath? Clearly they were taking a bath because there’s bubbles in the tub. What GROWN MAN takes a bath with a child?

    If a story doesn’t make sense, then it’s likely not true. His story doesn’t make sense.

  • ?

    Fathers can’t take baths with their young children either? What’s the age when it becomes inappropriate? What about mothers?

  • EST. 1986

    Honestly, I see a lot of Black parents do this.

  • gryph

    there’s no reason for a man to naked like that around a child. my concern is that he is grooming her for future abuse.

    and if she’s abused a white man might not want her and she’ll be stuck dating down and black.

  • THe Comment

    and God talks to him?

  • Tiffany

    Only one question comes to mind: Who took that photo? Clearly the Bishop didn’t see an issue with what he did….but neither did the cameraman/woman? He must’ve done this before…because he was too comfortable having his picture taken in a bathtub with his granddaughter. Something in the milk ain’t clean with this.

  • http://gravatar.com/qlittlestar13 The Mighty Quinn

    I think it could have totally been innocent up to the part you thought to take a picture and better yet post it online! Come on! Growing up my mother was a nudist and we were always naked, much to the dismay of my granny living with us. Growing up open and free you are still aware that most people are not like that, so he would have to know.
    I have pictures of my nephews butt naked playing in the bath, would I ever put them on the web………HELL NO!

  • TiredOfTheMadness

    Est 1986 is such a liar…

  • ASK_ME

    This ish is perverted. I wouldn’t be surprise if this bishop is doing a whole lot more than taking baths with is granddaughter.

  • Yvette

    If you’re asking my opinion, no I don’t think any adult should take a bath with any child.

  • ahhhhc

    This is extremely grossly inappropriate.

  • ChaCha1 (C)

    I think it is weird. It is even more weird that they took a picture of it. It as clearly an action that wasn’t well thought out. They probably thought it was cute, and that everyone else would be like “Awww, so adorable!”. I would think it was weird and creepy if my father (or mother) got in the tub with my daughter who just turned 5 AND snapped pics. If they had of been in a pool together, then I don’t think that many people would think it was so weird and creepy because unlike bath-time, a swimming pool isn’t personal.

  • emme

    I am convinced that there is something in the ozone layer making people more and more stupid everyday! First we got Shorty lo and his tribe and now a grown man who doesn’t see how a photo of him and a female child in a bubble bath just don’t look right. People are just STUPID!

  • EST. 1986

    You are right. My own eyes have deceived me. I haven’t seen what I have seen. It must be my imagination.

  • Mother May I

    My son used to shower with his grandfather, and I don’t think it’s inappropriate, sometimes he just needed a shower, and this was easier for everyone.

    But I think posting the picture may have been misguided.

  • GlowBelle

    Extremely unwise. Swim trunks in a bathtub w/ your 4 y.o. granddaughter…and THEN you post it online thinking nobody is going to find that situation odd?? Not smart at all.

    We just had the Jodie Foster post/speech from the other day and it talked about what we are abusing towards ourselves: privacy. Not everything in your life should be shared with the rest of the world, and this is a prime example of that.

  • Nichee

    I think America has the tendency sexualize intimacy in general. But as a public figure it was unwise for the photo to be uploaded online. I think his family should be aware of what kind of things can be posted and what can be deemed inappropriate.

  • MISS_EMCEE

    Pedobear

  • Stacy

    he could have on 3 layers of pants and swim trunks….shes naked and the entire pic is way inappropriate…

  • staci

    WHo gets in a tub with swimming trunks. Little girls don’t wear swimming trunks… I think someone was trying to tell us something

  • Robyn Bailey

    1. Why would anyone expose a naked child on social media? Exposing her to pedofiles,
    2. Why is this grown man naked in a tub with a naked little girl?
    3. Why is this ok with his congregation? Remember Jim Jones and David Coresh and their sick relationships with children in their flock. Some of those children were family members of the “pastor”

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  • OMSS

    I guess it depends on the context. If all parties were aware- parent(s)/guardian, is there a problem with such an act? Is it a nudity issue? An age issue? Damn, I (a 23 female) took a bath with my then 17 month old sister not long ago for fun (I bathed before we got in together, so it wasn’t unhygienic, and I wore a swimming costume). We just splashed around and played with her bath toys. I wonder what people would say if I put a picture of us both. Would people jump to the same conclusion?

    I’d admit it was silly to put a picture like that on the internet because people will jump to conclusions.

  • Akosua

    Both of the same sex. There is a big difference. Had it been his grandson you probably would have less of an uproar. I showered w/my mother. My brother showers with his son.

  • Akosua

    Both are the same gender. Their is a big difference. I showered w/my mother as late as 10yrs old. My brother showers with his son.

  • Kelly

    He had to know this was inappropiate!

  • Terry Turner

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    I hope he learned his lesson, someone wanted him to be exposed, evidently if the family did not see any harm in this before, now they do. So much for the 15 minute of fame. What NOT TO post on social networks 101

  • kc

    Not to mention she’s practically on his lap! *vomits*

  • victoria

    I doubt they had on swim trunks. If they were wearing swim trunks then they wouldve been in the pool not a tub full of suds. And if mom was there, why would she take a picture that appears inappropriate?

  • terry

    thats deep, and so sad, this world is not my home I’m just a passing through.

  • victoria

    I read an article recently about pedophiles using pictures of fully clothed children that parents post online for their pleasure. imagine how a photo like this will be used by pedophiles.

  • Gotcha

    American society does not find this a appropriate behavior, other words man: you should have known better. This is the backlash of over-sharing.
    Who on earth posting this picture would EVER be okay?

  • Mademoiselle

    I think a lot of the shock has to do with the fact that he’s a man, which says a lot about the state of our society/culture. I doubt there would’ve been as much of an outcry if it was a woman, even if it was her and her grandson.

    I remember when my brother and I were between 3 and 6 years old, we used to beg my mom to let us take showers (because “adults shower, kids take baths”), but she was always afraid that we’d either burn ourselves or slip and fall by walking around in the wet tub. So to get our way, we would try really hard to wake up at the same time she would get up in the morning and ambush her while she tried to shower before we were scheduled to get up. So she would cave for the sake of time management. We never thought anything of it, and it certainly didn’t lend itself to either of us getting sexually abused.

    What I think was inappropriate about this is that he posted a picture of 2 people bathing. Generally speaking, no one would ever invite the public into his/her bathroom to watch him/her bathe, which is why posting a picturing of yourself and your granddaughter bathing for the world to see is wrong. Same goes for potty training pics, just in case the Bishop isn’t aware.

  • Mademoiselle

    .I think a lot of the shock has to do with the fact that he’s a man, which says a lot about the state of our society/culture. I doubt there would’ve been as much of an outcry if it was a woman, even if it was her and her grandson.

    I remember when my brother and I were between 3 and 6 years old, we used to beg my mom to let us take showers (because “adults shower, kids take baths”), but she was always afraid that we’d either burn ourselves or slip and fall by walking around in the wet tub. So to get our way, we would try really hard to wake up at the same time she would get up in the morning and ambush her while she tried to shower before we were scheduled to get up. So she would cave for the sake of time management. We never thought anything of it, and it certainly didn’t lend itself to either of us getting sexually abused.

    What I think was inappropriate about this is that he posted a picture of 2 people bathing. Generally speaking, no one would ever invite the public into his/her bathroom to watch him/her bathe, which is why posting a picturing of yourself and your granddaughter bathing for the world to see is wrong. Same goes for potty training pics, just in case the Bishop isn’t aware.

  • dee

    I used to get in the tub with my dad and he’d wear swim trunks my mom also used to get in the tub and play with all the water toys with me, nothing was sexualized. I don’t know this isn’t weird to me.

    Not everyone see’s kids as sexual objects, I know it’s hard to weed out the ones who are and he very well could be.

  • Anthony

    This thread is an example of the what Jodie Foster was talking about in her speech. People’s notions of privacy have disappeared. Although I have never done what Trotter did with my daughters, I have no reason to think he was doing anything bad to his little granddaughter. The problem is that he posted a private family time picture, and now has to explain his behavior to the world. Don’t post dumb stuff online, and you don’t have to explain it.

  • Keisha

    As dr.phil would say, ” the bishops story doesnt pass the smell test!”. After reading sooo many comments, i cant believe how much church goers are in denial about sexual abuse in the church ! News flash, PASTORS, DEACONS, BISHOPS, CHOIR DIRECTORS, YOUTH PASTORS, USHER BOARD ,Etc commit sex abuse on children everyday! The ” i know my bishop” really make me want to vomit! No, u THINK u know your bishop.
    Im a mother & i dont even bath with my own daughter. Adults should not bath with kids.
    So all those blind churchmembers need to wake up, smell the coffee & have several seats.
    Yall THOUGHT u knew bishop eddie long. Well we see how THAT turned out. Wake up!

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Not necessarily Mademoiselle, I remember Cocoa, Ice-tea’s wife, had a picture posted online where she was buck naked in the bed with her baby nephew and people were calling her out and saying it was wrong/nasty and she and her sister had to explain the situation a few months back. So I don’t necessarily think men are only given the side eye here, but I do agree that they do face more of the burden in situations like this. But I do agree when it comes to family/intimate moments it’s best to keep that offline not necessarily for adults sake but for kids…thank god this little girl face is blurred. People are too comfortable in what they post/shall to the world.

  • Monica

    People need to stop judging and leave this man alone. I don’t see anything inappropriate in this picture. The mom was there and they said the child and pastor had sw im clothes on. This man said he did not post the picture so find something else to talk about. This world is so sick and views everything as wrong.

  • Pam

    It appears very inappropriate to me. If the little girl had on a bathing suit, (top included) then I could look at this with a little more acceptance.
    I don’t see how Bishop Trotter couldn’t tell ,while taking the picture, that it wasn’t a good look in today’s society..As an example of a Godly man, Bishop Trotter should have made a better choice. He should be able to see right and wrong. He shouldn’t be so blinded to make such poor choices. He’s NOT perfect, but he should know better. God gives us wisdom to identify right from wrong, and good and bad choices.

  • Apple

    I think it was innocent . I say this because who would be stupid enough to take a pic then upload to Instagram ? I think if he was a true pediphile no one but him and (maybe another abuser) would be around. If you are Doing something wrong I would think you would want to keep suspicion way down not tell it to the world

  • Notanymore

    UNACCEPTABLE!!!!! I am a victim of incest.

  • Tiff

    What a sick comment to make…ugh

  • Tiff

    Every family is different, you can’t compare your family to his. Just because you don’t bathe with your child doesn’t mean it’s abnormal or that you’re normal (whatever that is). I remember my mom in the tub with me once or twice as a little girl. It wasn’t like she was doing it to get clean but to have fun with me. He clearly explained his position and it’s obvious that he didn’t take the picture, meaning it was a family affair so to speak.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    Creepy and Red Hook Summerish…

  • Tiff

    Unwise for someone to post the photo is right. However it’s odd/strange to you or probably just uncommon in your family. I remember my mom and I in the tub once or twice. She wasn’t trying to get clean, but just find a creative way to have fun. Some families are more free and creative, whereas others are more cold and rigid. Note that free doesn’t necessarily equal unsafe, nor does an emotionally cold household equate to normal or secure.

  • nona

    I don’t know. I took baths with my mom until I was 6, but never with my dad. I remember once I forgot a bath towel when I was 10 or so, and my dad had to squeeze one in through a crack in the door, lol. But…the photo is probably innocent. If he was doing something scandalous, I doubt he would’ve uploaded it to instagram. Although it’s hard to know what people would do/are thinking these days…

  • Sojourner’s Truth

    Bottom Line: The picture looks nasty. Do not put yourself in certain positions that are questionable.

  • http://www.geekmommarants.com GeekMommaRants

    I really wish everyone would learn to properly use Social Media. Instagram has privacy settings. This picture should have been set to friends only. Circumspection was missing. Those who know the Bishop know his character. The general public does not know him. Circumspection would have prevented strangers from seeing this innocent picture.

  • Diamond

    Where is her parents and who though this was cute! Know you see why girls get molested. This man private parts are way too developed and you know the child has seen his private parts. “A preacher in the bathtub with his granddaughter!” “Watch him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terry

    oh erll the cat is out the bag. This is the world we live in unfortunately, get use to it. Its best to walk that straight and narrow until Jesus Christ come back. And hes a comin.

  • Terry

    ANY EXCUSE IS BETTER THEN. i FORVE HIM SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN. bUT i BELIEVE PEOPLE TRY TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH. iTS OTHER WAYS TO SHOW CLOSENESS LIKE TAKE HER SWIMMING.

  • Pat

    I couldn’t agree with Staci more. You don’t do this! Whoever the person was that revealed this madness doesn’t want the fingers pointed at them. He or she doesn’t want to be known as trying to destroy the bishop’s ministry or discrediting the bishop’s image. But they are trying to tell us something…

    This man is sick and the parents who allowed it are even worse (if aware). What kind of foolishness is this? You allow baths to take place with same-sex siblings and cut that off around 5 or 6. There is no reason for a girl to take baths with a grown A man – father or no father. I understand how kids and grandparents adore each other – I did. I didn’t take baths with them, though. What I was (allowed) to do was take baths with my sister and my best friend which stopped at age 5 or 6. Not only that, at age 5 or 6 – we weren’t allow to sit on a grown A man’s lap. I think this is one of the tactics to gain a young child’s trust. By the time they become 8 or 9, they think it is ok for you to touch them here and there. After all, mommy and daddy did allow me to soak in the tub with you. I’m not accusing this bishop of molestation, but it does make me raise an eyebrow. Not only that, looking at this picture, I wonder what other skeletons you have in your closet. You are old enough for this not to have been the first time. This is why I am leaning toward somebody is trying to tell us something. Enough is enough and what better way to get the message out if indeed your beloved bishop is a monster via social media? I am hoping this picture is enough for a family member to search for the truth. Don’t think about this bishop and his image, think about the child. I don’t understand how he didn’t think this wasn’t inappropriate. That in itself tells you somethiinnng is off. I would have slapped him if he was soaking his big A in the tub with my daughter. ..smh! And he is just smiling as if they are taking a personality photo for a family reunion/church barbeque or something. No….

  • Terry

    What we did back then does not apply to todays standars. Every family may be differentbut the laws and regulations is one size fitss all.

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  • terry

    This man’s judgement day , we can judge people according to the word of God. Not my personel opnion but let the scriptures speak. I’m not an expert, but commen sense should be developed and then kick in. Hum so why do we need judges in the courts? lets just fire them all so no one will have the right to judge. Are, are they an exception to the rule?

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  • Nic

    Oh hell no. This is wrong, wrong, wrong. When do male parents or grandparents bathe with children of the opposite sex. How many people bathe with their parents of any gender ever. I think you can help a young child with bath time but no, a grown ass person should not be in the tub with them. Oh, this image is so wrong, and they shared it with the world.

  • Nic

    Thank you…exactly…if he wants to frolic in the water with his grandkids he should take them to the pool like a normal person. This just looks like some pedo action. Not a good look.

  • nodouble

    my daughters father has bathed her never in tub with her she should not be in bathroom when hes bathing or using the comode either and some things should be common sense seems like grooming to me

  • AC

    why is it ok for those of the same sex to bath together? if something inappropriate is going on (and i don’t know that it is in this pic) it can just as easily happen between 2 girls or 2 boys.

    i bathed with my brother til about 5. i even have a pic of me, my brother and 2 male cousins bathing together. i think we were around 4/5. the pic in my eyes is hella cute but i would never put it online cuz folks minds go to the worst possible conclusion 9 times out of 10.

    the issue here, far as i can tell, is posting the pic online.

  • kitty

    This picture is an inappropriate one. I am not alleging that the Rev is a sexual deviant but a grown man bathing with a little girl is upsetting. What’s the point? His insanely grinning face also adds to the “yuck” factor. My most treasured picture of my Granddad shows me standing with him, proudly sporting the cowgirl outfit he purchased for me!!

  • fatimaAli

    Ah…NO!! I don’t care if this dumb fuck had on a suit of armor…His ass was wrong!! Sometimes these so called men of the cloth just stop thinking because “they be God’s home boy.”…PLEASE! SMMFH at this dumb FUCK here!!

  • Cherisse

    Next time you want to play bubble bath with the kiddies and want to avoid suspicion, go outside in plain view, pour the bubbles into the kiddie splash pool and have y’allselves a ball. Hell, throw in a few clowns and hang a pinata if you want, but never let yourself been seen like this! It just looks bad and it doesn’t play well in today’s days big money, high stakes tabloid games.

  • Ken

    With all of the perverted things that are being posed towards kids…. This idiot of the cloth should have known that it is inappropriate to bathe with your grand kids be it boy or girl. It is a shame that we hear or see stories of people that perform perverted acts on kids – these perverts coming from the church. I am not here to judge this man but he will have to deal with this with God. You hear so much of family members molesting their (own) family(sick!!!!!!).

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Lmao!

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  • JT

    Bishop Trotter is an awesome man of God and has helped so many ppl on their spiritual journey and doesn’t deserve all these cruel judgemental lashes. We all shouldn’t share so much with the world. It’s a setup for the world to form opinions and say hateful cruel things.

  • terry

    oh well such is life.

  • StandingforTruth

    Never should have taken place at all. More than that should not have been posted for the world to see. It doesn’t look good at all. It not about judging its about the Word of God abstain from all appearance of evil. He should have heeded to the unction of the Holy Spirit when He unctioned the hand of god not to do it. You reap what you sow!

  • http://Clutch SL

    Wow, really unwise of all adult parties involved. After MJ sleeping with kids, you’d think there’d be hyper-sensitivity to posting something like this.

  • http://Clutch SL

    When my daughter was younger I took baths with her, but not her daddy. This was unfortunate that it was posted online.

  • http://Clutch SL

    I’m a mom and I would get in the bath tub with my daughter because it was a jacuzzi and she was so little. Her daddy never got in the tub with her not ever and by the time she was 4 she was too aware and that is when we transitioned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjoernaes.ane Ane Mari Bjørnæs

    I’d like to reply to all you people painting this man a pedofile, a criminal, molester and whatnot. This is a grandfather sharing a bath with his granddaughter. They are even wearing swim trunks fgs! I bathed with my dad when I was a young girl too (without swim trunks!) – does that make my father a molester? does that mean we were engaged in inappropriate behavior? This is a non-sexual situation YOU all are sexualizing, and your comments say more about your own dirty thoughts than anything else.

  • Pseudonym

    I’m more affected by the outrage than the photo. THIS is the world we live in. A man in a tub with his granddaughter and the first thought that comes to mind is “pedophile.” and I don’t exclude myself either. I WISH I could live in a world where I wouldn’t find it odd, creepy, or scary if my husband’s dad jumped in the bath with my daughter (or son) and splashed water into her face. But with 1/4 women and 1/6 men being sexually assaulted or molested, unfortunately I can’t. and that’s really really sad.

  • The Other Jess

    I guess everyone would really be scandalized if they went to Japan, where entire families bathe naked together in public hot baths. Mom, dad, little kids all naked together in the tub! They really do, and it’s totally innocent.

    Unfortunately, America is not Japan and the U.S. has an extremely high rate of child molesters, perverts and peophiles that’s messing it up for everybody.

    It’s so sad that we live in a society where everyone, including children, have been sexualized to the point that grown men would even find little babies as sexual objects – horrifying, but true. Many other cultures do not have this problem. Children are children and not sexual objects at all. But America had become perverted, and the church has had a plethora of problems with sex abuse against kids. Thus because of that, Bishop Trotter should have used better judgement. I doubt that he’s an user, but until our society changes as a whole, he will be put under suspicion as one, understandably.

    I will always know that Michael Jackson was TOTALLY innocent of child molestation and that he was much too innocent and kind a soul to harm a child. But where he messed up was in forgetting the society he lived in – our society is not a place for innocent-thinking people, and we all must adjust to the reality that, unless we want to be accused of molestation, we need to follow the culture of our country.

    In many parts of the world, people (men included) walk around butt-naked in front of their kids, no big deal. But we all know this is not acceptable in the U.S. so it should not be practiced here and people should adjust accordingly.

  • The Other Jess

    Totally agree, Pseudonym

  • The Other Jess

    I think fathers can play around with with their kids in the tub, but with an explicit age limit – only up to 1 or 2 years old. After that it’s a big no-no. Also, no matter the age, a woman should always be present and watching when father and child are in the tub together, never just the two alone.

  • The Other Jess

    I think the problem is the age of the girl. There is no way he should have a 4 or 5 year old in the tub with him. A grown man will see a little baby, 1 or 2 year as still innocent, so it’s ok and a sweet fatherly/grandfatherly gesture, but anyone older could be problematic as men tend to quickly sexualize people, even kids. Men think differently,unfortunately, as has been proven by the numerous molestation crime reports coming out of church and secular circles alike.

  • Naps!

    I understand that this is unwise by today’s standards. However, I remember taking bubble baths with my dad, so for me, this wouldn’t be strange. To me the picture looks harmless, but I can understand why so many people are giving it the side eye.

  • http://gravatar.com/yazzy22 yazzy22

    Seriously? He is suspect and I would not be surprised if in a few years this child steps forward as a victim of child molestation. Get a clue, it’s just not natural; you can hang to the innocent bubble bath stuff, but if if were my child, I’d has his pulpit pimping a** arrested.

  • Betty

    Look in his face, this isn’t the first time this “Bishop been in situations like this!’ He would got a beat down if I walked up on something like this with taking place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tryce.sims Tryce Harding Sims

    I agree,I don’t think they had on trunks. What little girl has a pair of trunks?

  • Kema

    So who should be around when a mother is washing her son? Or takes a bath with him? Are men suspect just because they are men?

  • Kema

    Most men do not sexualize girls that are 4 or 5. We have a name for those that do. They are called pedophiles.

  • Amina

    I don’t see anything wrong with the picture. Western society has a twisted view of the human body. It is totally natural to be naked. It is we the adults who make the children ashamed of their bodies. If children are taught the proper names of their body parts and good touches and bad touches we would less incidents of molestation. Children should be comfortable with their bodies and the function of the individual parts. I for one refuse to allow western society to doctate what is appropriate and inappropriate in my home.

  • http://***@ Bassey

    Biblical point; its not acceptable for a child to see his parents nakedness. Just wonder what the child’s mother got in there to do. Anyway, just insensitve people if the storey is absolutely true.

  • Serenity

    This crazy! I took baths with my parents and brother until I was like 7. It was the only way I was allowed real bath water. And NOTHING horrible ever happened. This is a sad worl we live in where the assumption of molestation is the norm rather than the exception.

  • Rev: Damian Scott

    Bishop is a good man and anyone that knows him knows he loves is granddaughter and children. let this man alone. the bible say touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.

  • Anthony

    The problem is that Trotter put this photo out in the public eye. Once he did that, he put himself in a position to be judged by people who have different values and experiences. Some people who saw it are survivors of abuse and incest, such a picture is naturally upsetting to them. Others, remember positive interaction with their parents in the bathtub. As I said earlier, assuming this is innocent, it is a private photo. He should ot have put it on Instagram.

  • JaeBee

    “Good touch, bad touch” is a dicey concept. Many sexually inappropriate touches may in fact feel good to the child–which may lead them to become confused. I also don’t see how teaching a child “good touch, bad touch” is gonna lessen incidents of molestation. It may help them identify that they are being taken advantage of so that they can (possibly) leave the room and alert an adult that they trust, but inevitably most children are able to be molested because of the power differential between themselves and their molester. A child that knows his/her body parts and knows which body parts other people shouldn’t touch is great, but how does that stop a molester intent on taking advantage of them?

  • Mr. Samson

    Yes, he’s a comin. (so was Bishop Trotter).

  • Diamond

    Some body need to send this photo to his church and DHS. I bet this isn’t the first time his pimp daddy did this. Looking like a pimp!

  • Nadell

    Not inappropriate at all – he should have left it OFF of Instagram.
    I guess someday folks will learn not everything should be made public on social network….What baffles me is that prior to Twitter, Facebook etc. people kept things to themselves!

  • http://none Calvenetta Jackson

    It may be innocent but people are not just going to stand by and watch or see children be in harms way. If it was innocent then it should stay within the relms of the family, because if you see any of my grandbabies in the tube with anybody, call the police.

  • http://gravatar.com/templet00 tymetravelife

    No disrespect, but Jerry Sandusky was well respected guy who created an entire organization for fatherless boys to pick from.
    Sandusky was able to molest children for so long because many adults preferred to turn a blind eye to what they saw. The reason pedophilia is so prevalent is that adults prefer denial.

  • Stacie Beadel

    I would lose my mind if I saw a picture of my daughter in a bath with my husband’s father. I don’t care if it is innocent, still wildly inappropriate.

  • J

    Exactly!

  • Hameyo

    Even if it was innocent, be thankful that someone was looking out for the child. Pastor, father, brother or cousin doesn’t matter, the situation need to be investigated.

  • http://Yahoo.com Andrea

    There’s a difference between “Good” Men and Men of God. A righteous man would have used better judgement.

  • JustSaying

    Dude really? Boy you just took that scripture out of context….. It is inappropriate for a grown man to be in the tub with a child! Trunks on or not. What have we come to as a body when inappropriate things are deemed “ok”. Would you want your daughter in the tub with your Bishop, Pastor, etc.? What else is acceptable? Wow, I am really applaud by your response. I just pray that Bishop Trotter gets it right with God and be accountable for his actions instead of making excuses for them. We all fall short but for crying out loud, the color blue is blue no matter what shade it comes in.

  • TIRED OF PEOPLE

    all of you need to stop passing judgement on others that is the problem with this world, always got sum”n 2 say negative but barley have 2 workds to say positive…GET YOUR LIFE!

  • mjack

    My thought process is ….”they both had on trunks”….if it was a boy, I would throw on trunks…but a young girl she shoulda had on a full bathing suit if anything…or the top that goes with the trunks….smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennethwhatuseeiswhatugettaylor Kenneth Makeithappen Taylor

    Just nasty he needs his ass beat don’t care what he say so is it ok for a man to rape a lady than say he want do it again Damn that wrong is wrong

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