Toddlers & Tiaras: Ruining Young Lives or Harmless Competition?WendyM
The Toddlers & Tiaras controversy continues, with People magazine‘s cover asking “Gone Too Far?”. The feature takes a closer look at the reality show that delves into the world of kiddie beauty pageants.
The show has been taking a lot of heat, as it recently has hit some new lows, including a 4-year-old dressed like the hooker from Pretty Woman and a child’s Dolly Parton costume including boob and butt padding.
Still, the pageant mommies seem quick to defend this sort of competition, saying that their kids love doing pageants and they can quit whenever it’s not fun anymore.
Meanwhile, pageant parents have the kids’ eyebrows waxed, get them spray tans and fake teeth and wigs. And don’t forget the ultra mega-glam, whoreish makeup. Gotta have that because that’s what beauty is all about, right?!
Many would argue that the participants on Toddlers & Tiaras are engaged in child abuse, while others note that these kids don’t have a proper childhood and will face some serious self-esteem issues.
Clinical social worker Mark Sichel tells People, “Little girls are supposed to play with dolls, not be dolls,” adding that all of the crap that goes along with pageants “causes the children tremendous confusion, wondering why they are not okay without those things.”
Check out the pageant mom in the video clip below, who shares, “I’m not a crazy pageant mom I’m an insane one.” Yikes.
While she may be a little kooky, she’s still a decent representation of the pageant moms who
force “encourage” their daughters to do this.
The mom is seen telling her pageant diva (as she’s tightening her corset dress), “It doesn’t matter if you can breathe or not! It only matters if you look beautiful!”
What’s your take on Toddlers & Tiaras? Should they cancel the show?