Naomi Watts took to Instagram on Sunday to share a photo of her two sons, Sasha, 11, and Samuel, 10, gagged with tape.

She captioned the strange snap: ‘Mother’s Day gift to myself’.

She added the hashtag #seenandnotheard and wished her fans, ‘Happy Mother’s Day’.

many of the actresses’ fans found the stunt hilarious, with one commenting under the photo: ‘Good idea!’

Several fans shared crying-laughing emojis, and others said they ‘love it’, with one fan quipping: ‘I relate to this on so many levels’.

However some fans found the photo a bit discomforting, with one commenting: ‘I don’t think this is funny’ while another wrote, ‘Unfortunately I don’t get it’.

Some even said it was child abuse, very dangerous and stupid.

One fan wrote, “Are you kidding??? I can’t consider this post hilarious so I’ll just unfollow!”

“The fact that so many people find this funny makes me cringe. Looks abusive and insensitive, totally deaftone”, said another.

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Mother’s Day gift to myself … #seenandnotheard ???? ????????????????Happy Mother’s Day

A post shared by Naomi Watts (@naomiwatts) on

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  • Its not like she would have left them like that. People cant have fun these days.


  • Just a joke but people will always be offended at something that isn’t “perfect and loving”.


  • A bit of fun and they were fine with it


  • No malice behind her actions and her kids have gone along with it and most likely find it funny.


  • Even if you do something like this – don’t take a photo of it and post it! Of course some people will think it is very very wrong!


  • I joke constantly about putting tape on my children’s mouths and have also done it myself.

    In my opinion, the age her children are, there is no way she got that tape on their mouths without them going along with it for the photo. I would have to sit on my children to successfully tape, and they would probably have to be tied to a post to get it on camera if they weren’t playing along.

    People need to think before they react. Im sure this pic made a lot of people smile, good on her!


  • Who started this dumb idea anyway. I get what she’s saying but may have gone over a bit better if she’d used a cloth instead of masking tape.


  • It was all in good humour but probably wasn’t the smartest move putting it on social media.


  • Wow… look at the outrage. It was a funny post. I’m sorry Naomi Watts has a personality. And for those that unfollowed her, that’s clearly the right thing to do, for you. I have a child that talks non-stop, all day, every days, and even in his sleep, so I totally get this.


  • C’mon, it’s obvious it’s a joke. People have just got to get of their high horses.


  • Omg some people need to get if their horse it was a joke


  • It’s a joke, Joyce. the children would definitely be in on it from the happy snap also posted.


  • Gees Louise. Some people need to get a life. It’s a joke – the kids were obviously in on it.


  • It’s a joke people, live a little ????????


  • But is that real tape? I can’t imagine how painful it must be when they took it off. :-(


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