While it is true that we are taught from an early age not to mock someone based on their appearance, people tend to forget that this simple concept also applies to public figures. 

Actress Catherine Reitman is trending, but more so because of the rumors regarding her appearance rather than the well-deserved success of her show Workin' Mom on Netflix. 

The creator, producer, writer, and lead of the famous comedy series has faced a lot of teasing recently over the way her lips look. For the public eye, she is a victim of botched plastic surgery and posted "before surgery" pictures, though she has never confirmed this. 

There are even some rumors online that the Black-ish star was helped by conniving plastic surgeons and Botched doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. However, she has never confirmed this.

The 39-year-old has owned up to being teased for her appearance since childhood. She professed that she was always bullied for how she looked. 

Reportedly, the actress was a “really awkward-looking kid” and her peers would call her “horse mouth” among other rude names. And it seems as though little has changed since she stepped outside of the school premises and into the limelight.

But, there is more evidence of her appearance being genetic than there is of plastic surgery. Reitman's father is the director Ivan Reitman who also has a very similar pout. He directed some of the beloved classics such as Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam, and Twins.

The show Workin’ Moms is quite popular on Netflix. But hoards of fans claim that they are "distracted" by Reitman's appearance and are missing the point of the show. 

“I started Working Moms but the lead character’s lips are driving me insane. Idk if I can watch her for long lol,” a Twitter user wrote. 

However, fans have also come to her defense. In a No Holds Barred Reddit thread a user expressed that they had always thought her lips were "a kind of cute quirk to her face."   

Reitman is even bold enough to make jokes about her lips, and fans have acknowledged it too.

The fans have also promptly defended her on Twitter and effectively tried to shift the focus to her career instead. 

Seemingly, the problem is that the multitalented artist's lips are distracting fans and potential viewers from the show, but it does not matter because the show is well-received, especially in the U.S. and in Canada, and has five seasons under its belt.

Similarly, Reitman has used her experience with postpartum depression to create Workin' Moms and was insistent on laughing through the pain. 

"By fleshing out my sadness, exposing the strange and funny angles to it, I began to recognize the 'me' that I was prior to having my son," she revealed to Glamour magazine. 

As for her personal life, Reitman is married to Philip Sternberg and is the mom of two sons; Jackson and Liam. She is also the sister of director Jason Reitman, best known for his films Juno and Up in the Air.