To celebrate the women who brought us into the world on this Mother’s Day weekend, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute worst moms in the history of pop culture and entertainment (like everything on the Internet, this list was compiled based on our expert opinion and is open for debate). Without further ado, here are the moms who fell asleep on the job!
Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
Having a child when you’re still in high school is already going to be difficult. So many things to worry about, the main factor is your new child. As that child grows up you find the responsibility of making sure your she doesn’t make the same mistakes you made and has everything you didn’t. For Lorelai that meant making sure she was her daughter’s best friend instead of being her daughter’s mother. She was so wrapped up in being the cool mom and not accepting that she needed to be the adult in the relationship, not to mention the drama of her different relationships, which can get in the way of being a responsible parent.
Sarah Connor (Terminator)
The first rule of being a good mom, leave your kid out of all future apocalypse paradoxes. Locking yourself away in a mental asylum while your boy is out there hacking into ATMs and cruising the Los Angeles streets on a dirt bike being chased by a cop made of liquid metal. It doesn’t get more irresponsible as a mother. And then you let his guardian cyborg sacrifice himself to save the whole of humanity and don’t even get me started on how Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was all Sarah Connor’s fault.
Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)
Revenge is an all-consuming thing and for a mother to be hell-bent on murdering the people who wronged her, it’s easy for those motherly duties to get lost. It’s tough to blame her for not knowing that her daughter B.B. was even alive, having thought she lost the baby in utero. She tells Bill that she wanted her daughter to have a normal life and that’s why she left, but I mean…c’mon, talk about your weak excuses to feel guilt free while gallivanting around the world to exact your revenge.
Leia Organa (Star Wars)
I know what you’re thinking, how is it possible that the hero of a galaxy far, far away could be a horrible mother? It’s actually quite simple, look at what her son has grown to become. Little Ben Solo became Kylo Ren, the latest in a long line of tyrannical sociopaths trying to rule the galaxy with an iron (actually a leather-gloved) fist. An argument could be made that she put the Rebellion and later, the Resistance ahead of her motherly duties. We know her relationship with Ben’s father fell apart as well, so it was an all-around dysfunctional family.
Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
This one is easy. Bart Simpson. This little delinquent never seems to learn his lesson and is always getting into trouble. He has some serious attitude issues and problems with authority. He’s heading towards an adult life of crime (if he ever eventually ages) and Marge seems to be just fine to let it happen. She’s secure in the fact that at least Lisa will be successful and Maggie…well, Maggie can’t even speak.
June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver)
Before color, we lived in a black and white world, we had the perfect nuclear family. Back in these days, the woman would stay at home and do the laundry, cook the meals, clean the home, and take care of the kids, all while making sure the husband is happy the second he walked in the door after a long day of work. These were simple times. June Cleaver was so preoccupied with making sure her clothes were neatly pressed, the home was perfectly clean, and the dinner was freshly made that she didn’t even see all the trouble that little Beaver was getting into. I mean, he and his older brother once let a homeless man into their home and take a bath and wear one of Ward’s suits! And where was June? Probably making sure the family had a full fridge of fresh groceries. The audacity!
Lily Potter (Harry Potter)
Sure she sacrificed herself to save her son. We know, we get it. But this sacrifice left your precious little Harry with a horrible family and a target on his forehead…LITERALLY! Couldn’t you have sacrificed yourself in a way that didn’t make your son the easiest mark for bullies at Hogwarts or Death Eaters? Not to mention the little game you played on Snape to make him fall in love with you. Leading him on for so long only to leave him for that brutish bully, James. How dare you, Lily?
Can’t get enough lists about fictional moms? Well, you hit the mother lode. Check out our list of the Best. Moms. Ever.
Obviously, this list is a joke. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms that have a sense of humor.
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