How Creepy are some of these images not only are they looking like “dolls” and not in a good way but what mother in her right mind would let their little girl go through this and be subjected to things like spray tans. I know as a parent my child would be taught her natural beauty is enough at that age give her confidence in herself not make up,spray tans, and exploitation. Women fought for years for non exploitation and these women are teaching their children its OK “as long as you win”. What in the world is wrong with people today.
I usually don’t like to throw around words like ‘demented’ and ‘warped’ too casually – however, after watching a recent episode of Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC, I believe I’m justified.
For those of you who don’t keep track of the infestation of lowbrow reality television, let me give you a quick rundown. Toddlers and Tiaras is essentially a show about children’s beauty pageants – you know, the ones that feature the little girls who have this creepy adult woman exterior. We’re talking a freakin’ truckload of makeup, over-processed hair and very adult clothing – in fact, one little girl in this promo is dressed like Madonna – pointed bra and all. And by the way, we’re talking young children – not to say that a twelve year old dressed in provocative clothing is any better, but at least they are old enough to possibly realize that they are being objectified.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of this show, is that I don’t know which is worst – the children or the parents. It seems that most of the parents and children do have one important thing in common – complete contempt for the other contestants. They hate the other children. They find faults with the other children. And in most cases, the arrogance of both parents and children is both nauseating and infuriating. In fact, the show could just as easily be titled Bitches in Training since it probably sums up the reality of this ‘reality’ program.
At the same time, it’s very sad. And although these pageants probably help increase a child’s level of confidence to a certain degree (just as many competitions would) at the same time, it could just as easily tear it apart. After all, the main focus of these pageants is vanity. I believe there were tears in this particular episode and I’m guessing, probably most of the others as well.
And although I don’t have kids, something tells me that making a 4 year old look like she’s 24 is probably not the smartest thing in the world. I find it very ironic that we live in a society where kids try to look like adults and older women attempt to chase the fountain of youth with complete vengeance. I’m not sure what the ‘ideal’ age is but I’m guessing it is somewhere between late teens and early twenties.
I am also curious about the person who decided that a child’s beauty pageant had to be made of kids, who actually looked like adult women. Seriously? Who makes that decision? Were the pageants not provocative enough to keep an audience interested? It’s really quite bizarre, when you think about it. And it really says something about our society.