The “proud” father of Tara Monroe, the Barbie Jeep-riding Texas State student who became a controversial Internet sensation last week, posted a message on Facebook addressed to the all the “haters.”

Regardless of the negative criticism his daughter has received in recent days from social media users and publications like the Dallas Morning News, which published an editorial piece titled “Sorry, DWI Barbie car girl, drunken driving isn’t cute,” Monte Monroe is standing by his 20-year-old daughter.

“I’m the proud father of the Barbie Jeep girl at Texas State. I’m going on record and saying she wouldn’t have been such a media sensation if it hadn’t been for you,” Monte Monroe said in a Facebook post. “I suppose you don’t have much going on in your own lives. She just wanted a way to get around because she exercised her right under our legal system.”

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Tara Monroe’s was arrested and charged with a DWI in March, according to court records. Monroe told she refused a breathalyzer test after attending a Waka Flocka concert.

Tara Monroe, the Barbie Jeep-riding Texas State student who became a controversial internet sensation last week, is speaking out on what her father has to say via Twitter.

Monte Monroe argued his daughter “has yet to be convicted of anything.” Nonetheless, he made a trip from Tara Monroe’s hometown of Kingwood to San Marcos, to strip her of her vehicle, leaving her with only a bicycle to get around.

“Her jeep was sold to pay her legal representation and she is paying the price,” he said in the post.  

Although Tara Monroe called rolling around campus in a vehicle that maxes out at 5 mph “the best way” she could have accomplished her “15 minutes of fame” and her best college decision yet, her father said “notoriety” wasn’t her goal.

“She never sought this notoriety. You haters gave it to her,” he said in the Facebook post.

Meanwhile Tara Monroe’s list of critics grows, but her father has a solution for all of them.

“You all need to get a life and leave her alone. Now try picking on me,” he ended his Facebook status. “I’m a grown man and I can handle it!”

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