Megan Fox is making it clear she’s a fierce mama bear.
The actress responded to criticism on Instagram Saturday of her parenting by Robby Starbuck, a music video director and former congressional candidate. Starbuck shared a photo of Fox with her children on Twitter on Thursday and claimed that Fox forced her sons “to wear girls’ clothes.”
“I really don’t want to give you this attention because clearly you’re a clout chaser, but let me teach you something … Never use children as leverage or social currency,” Fox wrote alongside a photo of Starbuck’s tweet. “Exploiting my child’s gender identity to gain attention in your political campaign has put you on the wrong side of the universe.”
She added: “I have been burned at the stake by insecure, narcissistic, impotent little men like you many times and yet I’m still here. You (messed) with the wrong witch.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Starbuck’s representative for comment.
In a tweet Sunday, Starbuck seemingly alluded to Fox’s post. “A witch in Hollywood doesn’t scare me one bit,” he wrote.
Fox shares three sons with ex-husband Brian Austin Green: Noah, 10, Bodhi, 9, and Journey, 6.
The “Johnny & Clyde” star has previously opened up about how her eldest son Noah is into fashion and occasionally wears dresses. During a September 2019 appearance on “The Talk,” Fox said Noah wore a dress to school despite past teasing by some of his male classmates.
“I’m trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone says,” Fox said at the time.
Megan talks son Noah’s style:Megan Fox is raising a confident son who ‘loves’ wearing dresses, doesn’t care what others say
Fox stressed the importance of creating an inclusive environment for her children’s upbringing in an April 2022 interview with Glamour magazine.
“Noah started wearing dresses when he was about 2, and I bought a bunch of books that sort of addressed these things and addressed a full spectrum of what this is,” Fox told the outlet. “From the time (my children) were very young, I’ve incorporated those things into their daily lives so that nobody feels like they are weird or strange or different.”
However, Fox also acknowledged her efforts can’t shield her children from the scrutiny of their peers.
“I can’t control the way other people react to my children,” Fox said. “I can’t control the things that other children – that they go to school with – have been taught and then repeat to them.”
Contributing: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY