'It's a weaning process… I think it's adorable': Alicia Silverstone defends controversial practice of pre-chewing baby son's food
19:10 GMT, 9 April 2012
No regrets: Alicia Silverstone, pictured on Saturday, has fiercely defended the practice of re-feeding her son
Alicia Silverstone has defiantly defended her practice of re-feeding her 11-month-old baby son.
Speaking for the first time since sparking a firestorm of controversy by posting a video of herself chewing Bear Blu's food before passing it from her mouth to his, the star called the practice 'adorable', adding that it 'makes me laugh'.
Ms Silverstone said she has no regrets about publicly portraying how she feeds Bear, her son with rock musician husband Chris Jarecki, even though many medical practitioners say it is unhygienic and can cause bacteria and viruses to be passed from mother to baby.
The actress, 35, was asked about her actions at an audience Q&A with director Amy Heckerling following a screening of Clueless and her upcoming film Vamps at the Brooklyn Academy of Art and Music on Saturday night.
Asked if chewing her food and then passing it open-mouth to her son was in the spirit of Cher Horowitz, the ditzy character she played in Clueless, Ms Silverstone launched into a lengthy defence of the practice.
She said: 'People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years. It's a weaning process. Honestly, when I posted the video I was not thinking, so maybe I was like Cher! I think it's adorable and it makes me laugh every time he does it.
'He attacks my mouth and I think it's adorable. He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food so when babies are weaning, he still breastfeeds. Some people think that's disgusting too which is insane.
'It's just a thing that has been going on for thousands of years and I didn't think I was inventing anything but in our culture…
'Every time my husband goes to the YMCA
some guy comes over and says, “That's how we do it in the south!”
Between him getting those great comments and me knowing in my gut it's
natural and lovely, I really wasn't trying to tell anybody what to do.
'Adorable': The star sparked controversy two weeks ago when she posted a video of herself pre-chewing her son's food and feeding him mouth-to-mouth
Nothing new: Ms Silverstone says re-feeding has been going on for thousands of years and didn't anticipate the media storm
'I wasn't saying this was anything somebody should do. I wasn't trying to be independent or cause such a ruckus. I'm very glad that I did it.'
Ms Silverstone also indiscreetly implied she first met Richard Lewis, the 64-year-old actor and comedian who plays her older ex-lover in Vamps, when he was drunk and compared him to her grandfather. Mr Lewis has previously admitted to having a history of alcohol abuse.
She said: 'The first time I ever met
Richard Lewis – I didn't meet him, I saw him when I was about 17 years
old in circumstances that he would not be happy to have revealed. It's
not exciting, he's a very proud sober person. I saw him when he was a
young, not sober person.
17 years on… Ms Silverstone with Clueless director Amy Heckerling at the Brooklyn Academy of Art and Music on Saturday, promoting Vamps
'I feel like I loved my grandfather so much. He would be really offended by what I am saying but I don't mean it that way. There was a love. He's obviously not my grandfather's age but that's part of the love. He's a madman. He's a lovable, adorable madman.
'When I would be with him, I would be with him a little like – my grandfather was not like Richard Lewis in any way – but I love him. Richard and I had so much fun together.'
Vamps, which also stars Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Stevens, will be released later this year.
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