McDermott, 52, responded with a furious message.
“I am absolutely horrified and disgusted by the comments being left about my children,” he said. “Body shaming and bullying my children??!! What is wrong with you people??!!”
McDermott said that his kids are going through “different growth stages” and that it’s cruel to comment on their sizes.
“As far as saying my children are overweight, well that’s just mean and uncalled for,” he said. “They’re going through different growth phases, and even if our children are on the bigger side. Who cares. They’re happy and healthy and I’m sorry they don’t look like skinny supermodels. People come in all shapes and sizes. So who are you to judge.”
He also said that the event was right after a “long day” at school, and he doesn’t know any kids who wouldn’t look “disheveled” at that point — plus the kids had been running around and playing with other children.
“So I apologize we didn’t get the iron and steamer out to make them perfect for you,” he said sarcastically. “They’re kids. They’re messy and dirty. That’s what they do.”
And McDermott questioned why people were criticizing the kid’s budget-friendly clothing choices.
“And what’s wrong with shopping at Target??!! Over half of America shops there,” he said. “The way they grow out of clothing so quickly is astounding. Are we supposed to shop at Gucci?? These are kids folks. Messy stinky little bundles of fun, laughter and love.”
This article was previously published in PEOPLE