Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Parents Defend Putting Their Kids in Beauty Pageants

This morning, Ann Curry (Today Show) talked to three young beauty pageant contestants and their parents about what goes into the intense competitions.


Two years after “Little Miss Sunshine” made a splash at the Oscars, the spotlight is shining once again on the often cute — and often controversial — world of child beauty pageants. But a panel of parents and their young, competing offspring assembled by TODAY said that putting their children in front of the stage lights builds their confidence instead of distorting their self-image.

The moppets and their parents appeared as cable channel TLC was about to premiere a new reality series, “Toddler and Tiaras,” that casts a probing eye on some of the estimated 5,000 child beauty pageants held in the U.S. each year, and the occasional extremes parents go to in trying to push their children into the winner’s circle. But parent Phyllis Jones, accompanied by 9-year-old daughter Meaghan, told Ann Curry Tuesday she’s used the pageants to help make her daughter more outgoing.

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RuthinVA said...

The promo that has the child looking at herself in the mirror with her chest and behind sticking out did me in. Then the child says "I look gooood." The child is about 6-7 years old. Who teaches their children this stuff? When you hear the mothers' justifications they are always to help shyness or self esteem. I don't think a sexual pose improves self esteem. TLC has already had a program with the same premise it is another of their attempts to shock the world into watching. They need to change their call letters from TLC to TEC.

Lulu said...

TLC is becoming a "freak show" channel. I agree with Ruth - they are just trying to shock the world into watching. People with dozens of kids, fat people, dwarfs, people with deformations, and illnesses. TLC is just exploiting all these people where they are most vulnerable, all for the sake of MONEY. TLC is as bad as the school bully who picks on anyone that is "different" to steal their lunch money!

Peas and Carrots said...

I hate this show. I think it is disgusting. They award cars to children - who in their right mind would put that up for a prize? I could see a bicycle or something kids like, but a car?

I hate the sexualization of children and this is exactly what it is. Parents should be ashamed of themselves. There are better ways to give children self esteem.

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Response to RuthinVA...

I saw that promo and had to rewind it twice! I was so appalled, I couldnt believe what I was seeing, or more so, what I was hearing. Never have I seen anything so sickening. Obviously the mother has schooled that little girl to talk and act like that. That in itself is a crime in my book. And, the childs mother, (for lack of a better word), is pond scum.

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