We all make mistakes, but Lifetime? They made quite a biggie. For some bizarre reason they saw nothing wrong with airing an episode of the reality show Dance Moms where young girls from age 8 to about 13 try their hand at “topless dancing” and perform a burlesque routine. Instead of getting these girls ready to take the stage in a tasteful ballet, it seems that they were being groomed for a career at the Boom Boom Room.
The geniuses at Lifetime thought it was totally fine to air the “Topless Showgirls” episode…once. Apparently they came to their senses and a Lifetime spokesperson confirmed that the episode will not be aired again, or available to download via iTunes or Amazon. But the Internet is forever and the episode is indeed available to be watched by us all.
In the episode….the tenacious Dance Moms instructor Abby Lee Miller decided to teach her girls an old-school burlesque fan dance. But don’t worry, the girls weren’t actually naked; they wore flesh-toned bras that just gave the “illusion of nudity.” “I’m hot, I’m mean, you can’t have me, you can’t afford me,” Miller instructed the girls as she taught them the moves, then she told the cameras: “The moms are ridiculous because all they’re worried about is their kids and their bodies and blah blah. Once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. This is show business kid.” However, the girls themselves knew that all was not right with this routine. “All the girls and I feel kind of nervous because we feel kind of naked,” said one of the dancers.
“I like to push the envelope,” Miller said. “And this is taking it right to the limit.”
Pundits are weighing in on this disturbing episode. “As a treatment professional of sex offenders, I can tell you that adults who are attracted to minors definitely seek out shows just like this to whet their appetites,” Los Angeles-based psychologist Dr. Nancy Irwin stated. “They may attend the shows in-person, watch them on TV and seek out Facebook still photos and YouTube clips to pleasure themselves. The sexual body movements are more concerning than the costumes.”
“They make us look good,” a Toddlers and Tiaras mother said of Dance Moms. And I have to agree. Toddler and Tiaras does push some envelopes (like when a young girl wore the infamous Pretty Woman outfit). But actually learning a dance that is meant to turn men on at the age of 8? That is wrong on so many levels.
Do you think there should be actions taken against the show for distributing something that almost is in the realm of child porn and that is obviously exploiting young girls?