Busy Philipps has always been one to speak her mind, a quality that has clearly served her well. The actress has recently branched out into other pursuits, like authoring her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, and hosting her very own talk show, Busy Tonight, where she touches on everything from entertainment to feminism to parenting.
In everything she does, Philipps always keeps it real. She’s an open book on social media, too, where she frequently posts no-makeup selfies, self-deprecating captions, and candid snaps of life, including her daughters, Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl.
But after sharing a photo of her new tattoo, Philipps reached a new level of candor. The image shows the new ink on her ankle, a simple line drawing of a girl ice-skating (an illustration from her memoir) with the words “f*** ’em.” The caption reads: “My favorite illustration drawn by @mcfetridge for my book #thiswillonlyhurtalittle (it’s in the A Movie Script Ending chapter). Tattooed beautifully by @dre.dayli in Dallas at @thirdeyegallery last night. And weirdly true to form and as things always tend to be, it really always only hurts a little. ❤️”
Of course, no celebrity can post a photo without at least one person questioning their decision. As the Instagram account Comments By Celebs pointed out, one fan seemed to be concerned about Philipps’ children, writing: “I’m not judging…honestly curious bc I wish I was as brave as you to get a tattoo like that — but what do you tell the kids???”
The mom of two wasn’t going to let this one slide, but her reply was as graceful as we’d expect: “I tell them that these are words to live by,” she wrote. “Especially as a woman.”
Turns out, “F*** ’em: Words to live by,” was actually a topic recently discussed on her show. In the segment, Philipps highlighted a recent study that found when people swear, others see them as more vulnerable and authentic. “Great f***ing news for my new tattoo,” she joked.
“Let me live mom-shamers,” Philipps continued, referencing the criticism she has received. “If you’re not teaching your daughters to say f*** ’em, they’re just going to end up watching a lot of boys play video games or skateboarding in parking lots. Is that what you want for them?”
Plus, Philips’ daughters probably won’t even question their mom’s new ink, especially since it’s not her first. Back in July 2018, Philips shared another selfie of a script tattoo on her arm reading, “aced out in her nudes,” another reference from her memoir.