Look, we don’t especially like Kate Gosselin.

She has a really bad temper. She can be very petty and immature. And she often exploits her children for attention, fame and money.

But still. This doesn’t mean Gosselin deserves flak for absolutely everything she does and says.

Kate Gosselin and a Dog

Just consider what happened earlier this week:

Twin daughters Mady and Cara turned 17 years old.

In response, Gosselin shared a throwback photo of the kids and wrote along with it a pretty sweet and loving caption.

“….And then you blink, and they TURN SEVENTEEN!! Happy birthday to my girls!” wrote the Kate Plus 8 star, adding:

“My heart hurts because you’re almost adults and will soon leave for college, yet it smiles because I am seeing who you’ve become: brilliant, beautiful, kind, caring, logical, responsible, empathetic, honest, amazing individuals!

“I love you both SO VERY MUCH! Let’s have a wonderful day together celebrating YOU!”

Mady and Cara

Mady and Cara are four years older than Gosselin’s sextuplets, Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Collin and Joel.

They really have grown up right before the eyes of anyone who has followed the career of Gosselin and her ex-husband ever since they co-starred on Jon and Kate Plus 8.

So… that’s that, right? Case closed?

Gosselin simply wished her kids a happy birthday and now the Internet can move on with its life?

HA! You’ve clearly never met the Internet.

A multitude of critics jumped online to use this birthday message as an opportunity to throw shade at Gosselin.

For instance:

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The question about Collin is a reference to a scandal from July in which Kate celebrated the birthdays of her other kids… without including son Collin.

Where was he? Why wasn’t he invited to his own birthday party?

It’s mostly unclear. Many reports have indicated that Collin has some kind of learning disability and is off receiving therapy somewhere.

But neither Kate nor Jon have been very candid about what is transpiring here.

Katie 'Kate' Gosselin

Meanwhile, along with disdain for Kate, there was actual hatred for Mady and Cara online as well.

“I’m sure they are as snarky and eye rolly as ever, one person wrote, while another took it to a whole other level:

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Jeepers, Internet users!

These are 17-year old girls you’re destroying here!

Again, it’s worth repeating: we pretty much hate Kate Gosselin.

We can think of MANY reasons to make A LOT of fun of her.

But sending her twins a bit of birthday love simply isn’t among them. And it certainly doesn’t warrant these types of replies.

Leave the kids alone and wait for a more appropriate reason to tear Gosselin a new one.

We’re sure she’ll provide you with one any day now.