Post # 1
There are very few times when I look at someone else’s parenting and think: “They shouldn’t be allowed custody of their own kids…”
But whenever I see the commercials for Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC, I’m always shocked that anyone thinks that is cute or appropriate for a four year old to be dressed up like a twenty year old! Maybe Jon Benet had a huge impact on me, but I honestly think that most of the little girls subjected to those beauty pageants are probably emotionally and probably sexually abused at home. These parents REALLY think that is ok??? If I ruled the world, beauty pageants before 18 would be outlawed. It’s just wrong.
Post # 3
Haha I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress and I keep seeing those commercials. I can’t believe that the show is actually real and that people actually watch it!!
It’s just disgraceful and those parents should be gagged and tied. There’s nothing at all appropriate about beauty pageants and exploiting poor children because of some screwed up fantasy their parents have. Guh. Seriously, I agree, why is this even legal??? >:
Post # 4
I watched that show once, I was so creeped out by it. I can’t imagine wanting to dress my toddler up and sexualize them, in order to win some silly contests. I can’t imagine what drives people to do that …
Post # 5
Money is what drives them to do this. I agree with everyone. It is wrong. I don’t care how much money my child would be able to make. That show is plain and simple exploitation of children and, in my opinion, should not even be allowed on TV or anywhere.
Post # 6
I find it very difficult to see how this show wouldn’t be a trigger or precursor to pedophilic child pornography!
Post # 7
Shows like that are &^$%@#* terrifying. I know we’re not supposed to be judgy on here, but women who sexualize their young daughters to exploit them for money/fame/their own unfulfilled dreams are despicable. Children shouldn’t be getting airbrush tans, fake teeth, fake nails, hair extensions or wearing corsets to build a figure that doesn’t exist. Children are supposed to be children, not made up mini-dolls who turn, smile (tilt head to side, bat eyelashes) and wave on command. yuck yuck yuck
Post # 8
There is definetely a problem with the parents who allow this, but, in my opinion, the biggest problem is the contests themselves. These pageants could be great tools for the young girls to build a positive self image of themselves, boost their confidence and charisma, and help make them comfortable in front of an audience, but when the contest itself doesn’t have rules to protect these children so that things aren’t taken too far, it’s just plain wrong. These children should not be allowed to be dressed skimpy, or to act “sexy.” It is sickening that the judges and parents can sit there and watch like it’s normal.
Post # 9
I just saw a commercial for that and wanted to stick daggers in my eyes. Are you kidding me?! I will never understand this show.
Post # 10
I think these shows are disgusting. I’m all for natural pageants where girls get to show off a talent and public speaking skills while wearing a nice dress. But these “glam” pageants are just wrong and are teaching young girls that beauty means everything and to do whatever it takes to win some money.
However, I think to say that most of these girls are “probably sexually abused at home” is taking it too far. We can judge them on how far they go to put their child in a pageant but we can not judge their home life we do not see on camera. There are thousands of girls who do these pageants and it is almost impossible that most of them are sexually abused. To say that they are is to judge them on something we have no evidence for :/
Post # 11
I don’t understand this either… the winnings are not enough to offset the costs of travel, coaches, outfits, beauty maintenance, etc! A lot of these parents are lucky if they break even. It’s a total joke. Not to mention extremely creepy.
Post # 12
@Recessionista: I’ve always that that too!! They spend thousands on dresses/training/travel and yet the winning aren’t that much. My only thought is that they are using these pageants as training for when the girls get older and start competing at a higher level. Even then, a very small percentage of these girls will ever make it to that level.
By The Way: anyone ever watch Little Miss Perfect? The guy who runs that pageant circuit is CRAZY (as are the three judges)!!
Post # 13
I’m not stating it as a fact, but it is my personal belief that most of the girls sexualized for these pageants are probably experiencing emotional or sexual abuse at home. I’m basing that off of my personal experiences with a coworker whose daughter was always in those pageants. The psychology you see backstage is enough to make you want to burn Pageant Headquarters to the ground. The fact that they have made a TV show for those pageants just ticks me off. That’s my opinion.