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.