Stepmother's 'heartbreaking' Photoshop request draws backlash

Stepmum and stepchildren in photo
The backlash of the internet was swift and fierce. Photo credit: Reddit.

A US woman's bizarre request for editing on a set of family photos has drawn the ire of the internet, with many calling her a terrible mother.

Originally posting in what's believed to be a photo editing group, the woman shared a series of family photos of her husband, two biological children and one stepson. The children's faces had been blurred out. 

"Is there any way ya'll could remove the kid to the right in these pictures?" the woman captioned the photos. 

"He's my stepson and I love these pictures of us together but I also didn't get any good ones without him.

"Also remove him from the full family pictures please. Thanks in advance."

Stepmother's 'heartbreaking' Photoshop request draws backlash
Photo credit: Reddit.

The post was later edited to add: "I do love my stepson but I do want some without him in them.

"I already posted these ones but I just want to have it both ways."

A screenshot of the post was shared to sub-Reddit 'I am a total piece of shit', where, as the name suggests, people share some of the worst of the internet. 

Reddit user Filfun captioned the post 'This mother of the year'. 

The post has had over 2000 comments, with many sharing their own heartbreaking stories of times their stepparent tried to cut them out. 

"This happened to me - I'm 30 now. The family were discussing the upcoming family photos, and my sister suggested we move the date so I could be involved too. My step-mum said it was 'for family only', and said it was best to leave it as it was," recounted one person. 

"One time my parents and siblings all went to a cottage weekend with all my cousins and aunts/uncles. They forgot to invite me. Then they insisted it was me who said no to going. When they realised that never happened, they got mad at me for being hurt about being left out and said I was just trying to start drama," wrote another. 

Others expressed their sadness for the little boy in the photos. 

"This genuinely made me sad. Imagine how that child felt. I bet he noticed he wasn’t included like the other two," wrote one person. 

"Seriously, this is heartbreaking," wrote another. "I don't want her near children in general if she treats a child like this."