Toddler And Tiaras – Why I Don’t Blog On It
Regular readers might wonder why I never mention controversial reality show Toddler and Tiaras considering it is regularly in the news. For those that don’t know Toddlers and Tiaras it shows very young children, under five competing in beauty pageants.
The children are usually dressed up in over the top and inappropriate costumes with a pile of make up including false eyelashes. They also have to do a talent number as well some which could be deemed inappropriate.
I know people who watch the show say the way it is edited is to take the piss out the parents that are signing their kids up to this idiocy. This may be the case, however I still feel being entertained in a “oh this is shocking” way by these toddlers is a form of exploitation by the television networks.
This week two scandals have emerged, first was a child dressed up as Dolly Parton including the big bosoms, and the most recent one where a parent dressed their kid up as a hooker from the movie Pretty Woman, and she strutted out onto the stage to Pretty Woman.
I mean seriously both examples just shows how abhorrant this show is. Of course because these two cases are so controversial it attracts international publicity to the show which the network must love.
The sexualisation of girls is a real issue, however I don’t buy it is all the media’s fault, parents do have a say over what kids wear and see until they are at least twelve, don’t they?
However Toddler and Tiaras gives parents a vehicle to promote themselves and their child. Also as any avid reality show viewer will know the more outrageous or controversial behaviour will get air time.
I won’t be linking to the YouTube clips of the above kids, however any moderately user of the internet will have stumbled over the clips on the news sites. Yes they have gone viral.
This is a great blog post by Pigtail Pals which outlines why the show should be cancelled.
What do you think of Toddlers and Tiaras? Am I being an over the top Miss Morality, considering I am not adverse to a bit of tabloid reporting myself…..