“Toddlers and Tiaras” gone to far?
In case you’re not familiar with the show, it features girls and boys as young as four as they prep and primp for glitzy, high-pressure kiddie beauty pageants. The little girls are dolled up with fake eyelashes, caked on makeup, they put in “flippers” = fake teeth, they are painted with spray – on tans and they all have a “hairpiece” that is synthetic hair extensions. Viewers gawk as stage mothers pump their kids with energy drinks and the girls themselves strut around in skimpy outfits acting like mini-divas. Aside from TV stardom, the contestants are vying for a tiara, as well as $12,000 in cash and prizes.
Having seen a couple of episodes of the TLS’s reality show, I’ve been shocked and entertained by “Toddlers and Tiaras”, the show is so far from reality, at least my reality, and the kids in our community. But the tragedy is that this show is a reality show, scripted possible, but these young kids are living this show, staged by their parents and other adults. The show is also a TLS hit, based on the ratings, clearly, someone is tuning in to watch — the second season of “Toddlers and Tiaras” averaged 1.3 million viewers each week. Surely there are many viewers who shares my opinion, I find the whole kiddie beauty pageant thing disturbing. “Toddlers and Tiaras” is like a freak show, and while there might be some elements of positivity in some of the glizt world, or, maybee not, I can’t see anything good in this…
So the question asked by People magazine must be the understatement of the year.