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It's a Boy! 'Toddlers and Tiaras' Introduces a Prince Among the Princesses [VIDEO]

By Meredith Carroll |

Toddlers and Tiaras

Meet the newest diva on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'

Without having ever seen Toddlers and Tiaras, I never liked it. I mean, how can you like a show about parents whoring out their little girls to look like slutty strippers (redundant?) in the name of a cheap polyester sash and dime store tiara?

But then a funny thing happened last night. I had the house to myself for an hour with no family in sight. And I turned on the TV to something other than Dora or Caillou for the first time since mid June, starting flipping around and stopped on Toddler and Tiaras. Instead of some real-life miniature Barbie doll, there was a real-life miniature male Barbie doll. Yes, there is a pageant boy on the show.

I didn’t watch for more than a few minutes, because the show was still just as gross as I expected it would be. But I saw enough to know they’re now at least doling out their grossness equally, namely in the form of 7-year-old Brock, a self-described “diva” who likes “his glitz and sparkle,” and he had the jazz hands to back it up.

Why does the exploitation of a little boy warm my heart as much as it does?

I suppose I kind of like knowing there are little boys out there being exploited in the same way their female counterparts. And I’m almost positive that I don’t think I mean that as strangely as it sounds. It just seems nice how boys and girls are being treated the same. If only neither one were being mistreated. But then I guess the ratings wouldn’t be nearly as high.

Take a look at the new boy on the runway block:

Image/Video: TLC

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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13 thoughts on “It's a Boy! 'Toddlers and Tiaras' Introduces a Prince Among the Princesses [VIDEO]

  1. Amanda says:

    I watched the episode and found myself a little torn. On the one hand, it’s nice that his family embraces his love for dance and performing and everything. On the other hand, it’s still an incredible waste of money and beyond superficial to put your kid in a “glitz” pageant.

  2. bob says:

    Jazz hands are also a useful skill to deter grizzly attacks, I imagine.

  3. Sara says:

    I loved him. He totally loved what he was doing. I think he’d be better suited in dance but he’s the first boy that I felt was up there because he wanted to do it.

  4. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Sara — I’m all for boys dancing, dressing up like princesses —— whatever makes them happy. From the little I know about the pageant culture, however, I think it’s gross to expose any child (boy or girl) to it.

  5. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Amanda — I agree.

  6. Meagan says:

    @Meredith “slutty strippers” isn’t an oxymoron. I think you meant redundant. :-)

  7. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Meagan — Whoops! You’re right! Thanks for catching that — I’ll change it. :)

  8. Gretchen Powers says:

    I wonder, where is Dad? Blech.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I hate Toddlers and Tiaras as much as the next person, but I don’t understand the double standard. There is so much hate on princesses, pink, and tea parties for little girls – I hear it almost constantly. Heaven forbid a little girl want to wear play high heels like her mommy. But a princess boy is totally celebrated! If a little girl called herself a diva like this boy did, so many people would be up in arms.

    I just think that anyone should be allowed to be a princess if they want to – boy or girl.

  10. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Elizabeth — I’m totally fine with girls and boys being princesses. I think the pageant thing is gross, however, for both.

  11. Rhonda says:

    Pageants would be okay, if the children wanted to do it and weren’t wearing make up at age 2 and getting highlights at age 3, or hair extensions or anything like that. Perhaps if they just let the kids be kids and have fun with it rather than pushing it so hard people would be more accepting.

  12. fit vs fiction says:

    It was DISTURBING!
    I am the mother of 2 boys and would support them in ANYTHING they wanted to do..however, I think that putting him in pageants is a terrible thing to do. I, like many others, think pageants in general are ridiculous and an easy way to get your kid on the fast track to low self-esteem and negative body image…but I digress…Should Brock be on stage performing? YES. he obviously loves it..but there are BETTER ways for him to express his showmanship than through beauty pageants. Get him into dance classes, drama classes, voice lessons..who knows? He could grow up to be a huge star on Broadway..but he ain’t gonna be winning Miss Universe..so where with this lead? He was the ONLY boy at the pageant for a reason…I’m not saying his parents should make him trade in his tap shows for soccer kleats..but maybe the tiaras could go…

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