Chicago preacher Bishop Larry Trotter has been under attack online and offline after what many feel was an inappropriate photo of he and his 4 year old grand daughter hit the net.
In his words, the Bishop said;
It’s a very dark time and a very hurtful time for my family because what was innocent has become nasty and ugly.My kids were over the weekend… I took a bubble bath (the long and short of it). My grand baby who is 4 came in and said ‘paw paw where you get all the bubbles from?”
I teased with her and said ‘I make bubbles, like when you were just a little baby.’Asked if she could get in… and Javon, her mother, put on her trunks (as I did mine) and she was in the tub 5 minutes I guess.
Javon took a picture, who is her mother, and one of my family members who has access to my instagram and facebook put it out there and I said ‘that’s paw paw’s first lady’.So it was a totally innocent thing. I know some people never bathe with their kids, I’ve bathed with all of mine. When I was coming up, we shared bath water.I’m not ashamed of what I did, I am ashamed and hurt that it has gone out across the world and people have called me everything from a child molester to a pedophile to a nasty old man and that I should get out of the ministry… the vulgarities have just been terribleSo I shut down my instagram page and my Facebook page and just be strong for my family.I take the blame for it… but I know that God is the vindicator. I have been pastoring 31 years, in ministry 36 years. I raised all 5 of my children. I love my grand baby. People have trusted their children with me in my house and retreats.I just feel awful that now these attacks are suggesting that I can’t be trusted with a child…
I don’t know… perhaps it was an innocent photo… or maybe Trotter’s interview was a cleverly worded PR statement. Whatever the case, the photo is still quite inappropriate.
I think that shutting down his instagram and Facebook pages is what prompted people to assume he was trying to hide something… but again, I don’t see how anyone could see that photo on their timeline and NOT assume the worst.
Whats your thought on Trotter’s explanation about the bath time photo?