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 theÂ 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.
â€œIâ€™m the proud father of the Barbie Jeep girl at Texas State. Iâ€™m going on record and saying she wouldnâ€™t have been such a media sensation if it hadnâ€™t been for you,â€ Monte Monroe said in a Facebook post. â€œI suppose you donâ€™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.â€
Tara Monroeâ€™s was arrested and charged with a DWI in March, according to court records. Monroe told MySA.com she refused a breathalyzer test after attending a Waka Flocka concert.
Monte Monroe argued his daughter â€œhas yet to be convicted of anything.â€ Nonetheless, he made a trip from Tara Monroeâ€™s hometown of Kingwood to San Marcos, to strip her of her vehicle, leaving her with only a bicycle to get around.
â€œHer jeep was sold to pay her legal representation and she is paying the price,â€ he said in the post. Â
Although Tara Monroe called rolling around campus in a vehicle that maxes out at 5 mph â€œthe best wayâ€ she could have accomplished her â€œ15 minutes of fameâ€ and her best college decision yet, her father said â€œnotorietyâ€ wasnâ€™t her goal.
â€œShe never sought this notoriety. You haters gave it to her,â€ he said in the Facebook post.
Meanwhile Tara Monroeâ€™s list of critics grows, but her father has a solution for all of them.
â€œYou all need to get a life and leave her alone. Now try picking on me,â€ he ended his Facebook status. â€œIâ€™m a grown man and I can handle it!â€