Forget about babies in bikinis controversy. The pre-pubescent girls who strut their stuff to Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” in this racy viral video make Madonna look downright quaint.
Dressed in skimpy two-piece costumes that emphasize their non-existent curves, the 8 and 9-year-old girls gyrate like pole dancers rather than 3rd graders. The video, which was shot at the World of Dance Competition in Pomona, California last month, has been viewed more than 1.7 million times and has created quite a stir.
Critics say the video exemplifies the sexualization of young girls in popular culture.
“These lingerie-laden girls, who are said to be about seven, bumped, grinded, shimmied and shaked their way through the hit dance song. Suggestively lip synching that ‘he liked it so much he put a ring on it’,” Famecrawler wrote yesterday.
Most of the people commenting on the video are appalled. Someone called it a “pedophile recruitment video.” But Famecrawler points out that a few commenters defend the sexy moves. One woman wrote, “The choreographer went a bit far, but it’s a dance… nothing else. These girls are obviously pretty professional and dedicated to dance at an early age. They will spend their lives in a dance studio training for competitions, not on a street corner.”
Good to know!
Meanwhile, Larry Peters, executive vice president of The Hozman Group and rep for the dance competition, thinks people are over-reacting to a non-event. “There has been a great deal of controversy regarding this performance, and it has been taken out of context,” he told PopEater. “These girls were amazing that day… There was NOTHING provocative about what they were doing.”
Some of the dancers’ parents are responding to accusations that they pimped out their kids.
One dancer’s mom told Inside Edition: “I’m shocked, quite frankly, that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls.”
Suggesting the girls are just doing what comes naturally (albeit, in midriff-baring tops and hot pants), one dad said that parts of the dance weren’t even choreographed. “The kids get excited. They start moving their bodies,” he told Inside Edition.
Strange. My kids get excited, but I’ve never seen them move their bodies quite like that!
In the “bikinis on babies” debate, some commenters argued that adults are projecting sexuality onto children. But is there any question about the fact that these girls are simulating some very grown-up moves?
What do you think? Is this dance routine highly inappropriate or no big deal?
See for yourself: