WOW. I’ve never been a fan of child beauty pageants, but I did spend my formative teen years in the south (Louisiana), where pageants are popular and some people take them very seriously.
My older sister was Miss Baton Rouge and competed in the Miss Louisiana Pageant. But this shocks me:
The above photo is a 4 year old girl dressed with boob and butt pads by her mother to parade around as “Dolly Parton” on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” TV show.
Four years old. I have an inappropriate and sometimes raunchy sense of humor, but I also have a five year old boy and I know how innocent three and four year olds are, they’re barely out of being babies.
And take at look at this one…
I don’t get it. I can’t imagine dressing my sweet child up like this, not even as a joke.
I as an adult woman who is known to be a bit of an attention whore would not even wear this as a Halloween costume myself.
In my opinion, this is visually sexualizing these little girls to pedophiles. I liked to think that precious JonBenet Ramsey enjoyed doing pageants with her Mom before she died.
I can see how it could be fun to do together, to an extent. But these costumes cross a line that should probably be illegal.
…But there is no way that a three year old understands this Pretty Woman hooker costume and why it’s funny to grown ups like her Mom.
Dear God, I hope she didn’t let this child watch the movie.
I think it’s a joke at the expense of her own child’s innocence, it’s a mother’s ambition to win and get attention at the expense of a childhood.
The father of the girl dressed in the Dolly Parton costume is totally against it and he’s trying to get custody of his daughter. It sounds like someone might have some sense.
I think TLC should either pull this show off the air or at least fire these two mom “cast members” who have crossed the line.
Girls get sexualized too early in this culture with overly mature Halloween and dance costumes and clothes, etc., can’t we protect them when they’re just toddlers?
What do you think?