If you like beauty pageants for babies, this post is not for you. Or maybe it is.
There’s a reality show on TLC that I loathe. I mean from the core of my being, literally-makes-me-sick-to-my-stomach-angry every time I see a commercial for it. I won’t give it any free advertising by naming it, but its title would be something like Babies in Crowns. Except more alliterative.
It’s about beauty pageants for very little girls. Jon Benet Ramsey, anyone?
These sick douche bags are sexualizing girls 1, 2, 3 years old. Let’s ignore for the moment the fact that they are slathering 3 inches of make-up and a pound of hairspray on these children. They are putting these little girls into bikinis with falsies up top to make them look like they have fully developed breasts. Then they parade them on stage, coached to wiggle and prance, to be ogled and judged for the amusement and titillation of adults.
It’s a pedophile’s wet dream.
I’m not a violent person, but I swear to God I want to leap through the television and smash those people against the wall and pound on them. I really do.
And don’t give me any crap about “Oh, they enjoy it! They love to dress up like princesses and perform.”
That’s not what is going on here. What these little girls are being made to do is a far cry from playing dress up and putting on performances for loving family and friends. These girls are being dressed like skimpily-clad adult women, taught to strike provocative poses, and shimmy down the runway. These babies should have no concept about sex or looking sexy when they’re 3 freakin’ years old! The commercials also show the tears and temper tantrums, not all of them thrown by the children. Fun? I don’t think so. It’s all for the parents (and mothers… HOW DARE YOU do this to your daughters?!), judges, family, and audiences. They’re living out their own sick dreams and fantasies.
This show (and the pageant scene it covers) is like soft core porn for pedophiles. It’s sleaze hiding behind innocence. It is not cute. It is not funny. It does not belong on television. How is it we’ll protest the Miss America pageant for its treatment of women, but think that treating 2-year-old girls as sex objects is entertainment?