The nice thing about David and Victoria Beckham, as far as super-celebrity power couples go, is that they don't ask too much. She hawks fashion, accessories and the occasional Spice Girls reunion show; he accepts millions for endorsement deals and the use of his right foot.Beyond that, the Beckhams have largely refrained from giving unsolicited advice on how the rest of us should conduct our affairs or spend our money. More merciful still, their public lifestyles don't force us to contemplate the horrors of addiction, suicide or abuse. They're refreshingly easy to ignore, at least compared to many of their colleagues.
So when Mr. and Mrs. Beckham welcomed their fourth child this month, the appropriate response seemed either to congratulate them or—better yet—to say nothing at all and let them get on with their lives, as they have largely done for everyone else.
That proved too much for Simon Ross, the chief executive of the British nonprofit group Population Matters, which sees "overpopulation" as a culprit in everything from African famine to resource scarcity to poverty to climate change. Shortly after Mrs. Beckham gave birth this month, Mr. Ross told Britain's Observer that "The Beckhams, and others like London Mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families. There's no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100% by having another child."
Four kids is a large family? If Ross knew about Catholic homeschooling families he would have a heart attack. His statements are self-evidently stupid, but they seem truly unwise when one considers that Ross is telling a guy who could probably kick a person's head clean off that he should be ashamed of his newborn child.