Saturday, August 29, 2009

Toddlers in Tiaras. DISGUSTING.

The reality show "Toddlers in Tiaras" on TLC is the creepiest, saddest, most disgusting reality show I've seen on TV. Most reality shows make me sad and disgusted, but at least the participants in those shows are stupid adults who volunteer. In this show, the participants are young children volunteered by their stupid parents.

It's a reality show about little girls in beauty pageants, showing every ounce of drama and commentary from the crazy pageant moms. One of them said, after her daughter lost, "I've learned not to expect much from her."


That is just horrible. I think the entire concept of pageants is horrible. Mothers actually sign up their children to spend long days in far-away places getting pounds of make-up caked on their faces, wear uncomfortable outfits, parade around on stage for judges who then rate them on their eyes, their smile, their walk, their appearance, and no matter who wins or who loses, all kids walk out of there learning the wrong lesson about life. What kind of person would subject their five year old to that?

The losers get kicked in the self-esteem, being told they aren't as pretty as the other girls, and I can imagine over time they lose their feeling of self worth. The winners leave on a huge ego trip because they won money for being pretty. These kids should be outside in shorts and T-shirts playing with other kids, not inside in dresses and make-up being judged and compared to other kids on a stage in front of a room full of people and cameras that will air this humiliation on TV.

I would NEVER put my child through that. It's child exploitation. Some of these parents say "Oh, my daughter loves attention, she loves to model and dress up" but you can tell the parents are much more into it than the kids. If my little girl expressed genuine interest in the spotlight, I would put her in an acting or dance class at the rec center. If I couldn't afford that, I would take the camera and let her dress up and make movies or encourage her to put on little plays. There are a million ways you can encourage your kid to be a little drama queen without putting her through pageants to make money off of it. I hope those parents are putting the pageant money away for their kid's college or something, because there's a whole other ethics issue right there.

This show makes me sick.

I almost cried watching that. Seriously. Tanning your child, false eye lashes and fake teeth to fill their gaps...I think this should be illegal under a certain age. I really do. It's a civil rights violation, and these children shouldn't pay the price of a life of warped reality because they had parents who didn't look out for their best interests.

Doesn't that creep you out? Thank you San Francisco Chronicle for the picture. Follow the link and read the article and the comments under it. Some of the comments are so funny. "It's like a parade for pedophiles" and "I could just imagine if we ever went to court against the Muslim world, this would be exhibit A of why they have a right to hate us." Totally.

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I have to stop talking about it now. If you have an older child who knows everything a beauty pageant entails and still really wants to be in one, that's completely different from throwing your toddler into this life. If you even consider spray tanning your baby to be judged in a contest, you really need to evaluate what's important in your life and what you want to be important in your child's.



  1. *looks at the youtube video*

    I raged at :07.

  2. Oh my gosh Josh and I were just talking about this show this weekend. It is so sad how these parents are exploiting their kids.

  3. Its funny that you wrote about that because during the summer I saw that show and I was just appalled. It is absolutely ridiculous that those parents put their kids through that.

  4. It's pretty much disgusting. I would slap the parents silly if I ever came across them!

  5. This kind of thing should be banned. Honestly, the poor little girl in the madonna outfit with the spike cones jutting out lookinh like fake breasts. The poor kid was walking around up there she had no idea what the heck was happening. The mother or whoever it was ran up got behind her and started shaking her hips and everything. That kid needs to be in a loving home it pains me to think those kids have to grow up with parents who would subject there kids to this kind of crulity. Make up is for Young girls and WOMEN not little babies! You don't dress little kids up like grown women its wrong and it shouldnt be allowed!!!!!!!!

  6. Juliana, I couldn't agree more with your post. Parents exploiting their own kids for a bit of cash. Whouah disgusting. I thought the movie Little Miss Sunshine was hilarious and thought the whole thing wasn't really it's on TLC? WTF??

  7. This type of parental behavior should be a crime. Just outrageous and disgusting.

  8. I couldn't agree more!!! I will have a blog post of my own up tomorrow morning on this TERRIBLE DISGUSTING SHOW~!!

  9. I totally agree there has to be something that can be done to get that stupid show off the air. I can't believe it is so scary that people do that to their kids =(

    I hope the show if anything just shows people how messed up society is these days how we have to look like a mannequin even when we are 4 years old. Maybe it'll at least it'll wake people up? ...hopefully