Marjorie Harvey is being shamed for not buying her parents a nicer house

Sweet photos posted by Marjorie Harvey, wife of comedian Steve Harvey, visiting her parents’ home have people arguing on social media about privilege and what children “owe” their parents.

On Tuesday, Marjorie, a mother of three and Steve’s wife of 11 years, shared photos from a visit to her parents’ Tennessee home. “It feels good to be back in Memphis at my parents,” she captioned the first post, depicting her standing inside on a staircase.

It feels good to be back in Memphis at my parents

A post shared by Marjorie Harvey (@marjorie_harvey) on May 14, 2018 at 3:01pm PDT

“On the stoop,” she captioned the second picture.

On the stoop #familytime

A post shared by Marjorie Harvey (@marjorie_harvey) on May 15, 2018 at 6:37am PDT

Right away, commenters called out Marjorie’s shoes, which appear to be a pair of $995 fur-lined mule slippers by Gucci, juxtaposed with her parents’ house, which looks modest in comparison to the couple’s Los Angeles home, with its fountain, walk-in closet for golf attire, and extensive custom shoe collection, among other features.

Steve, who hosts Family Feud, writes books, does standup comedy, and has a reported net worth of $120 million. Marjorie has a blog dedicated to high-end fashion called the Lady Loves Couture and is frequently pictured sitting in the front row at runway shows around the world. The couple have a combined seven children (four from Steve’s previous two marriages and three from Marjorie’s previous marriage) and are happily married. “I messed up so many times in my life. She made all the difference,” Steve told People in 2016. “When you’re happy at home, you can make a lot of things happen.”

“Dam Steve couldn’t buy them a bigger house?” wrote one Instagrammer. “You could of upgraded that house for your parents,” another offered. And: “You letting your mom live like that. That’s so sad.”

The conversation continued on Twitter:

But many of Marjorie’s followers praised her humility: “Doesn’t it feel great to go home and sit on your parents’ porch? Best feeling in the world!” “That’s right never forget your stomping grounds,” and “I don’t see anything wrong with that home.”

Many also noted Marjorie’s loyalty to her parents: “At least Marjorie isn’t too proud to go home to visit her parents. There are some people who’ll get a little money, some status, degrees, and titles to their name, will forget where home is and where they started. Being humble is one of the best gifts you can give to your life.”

Finally, Marjorie responded to a critic, writing, “I started to just block you for the ignorant comment but I decided to respond. First off I take excellent care of my parents and would buy them any house of their dreams. However, my father is proud and absolutely loves the house that he built for his family and could not dream of living anywhere else. I would never insult my parents by telling them it’s not good enough. It’s the house that my brother and I were raised. Will always be a part of who I am. I’m grateful and proud of it. God blessed you.”

Marjorie is behaving respectfully, according to Deborah Gilboa, MD, a parenting and youth development expert. “By not buying her parents a new home, she is respecting their wishes, worldview, and their role in her life,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Gilboa differentiates between caretaking and financial gain. “Many parents do expect their children to care for them — drive them to doctor’s appointments, visit when they’re sick — however, that’s just respect, common sense, and compassion based on true need,” she says. “That’s different than expecting money from their children’s success.”

“The only thing kids should pay their parents is respect,” she says, “and that’s what Marjorie is doing by obeying their wishes.”

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