You know that show, Toddlers & Tiaras? Anyone else can't help but think how ridiculous that is?
The program, which airs on TLC, describes the show as: "On any given weekend, on stages across the country, little girls and boys parade around wearing makeup, false eyelashes, spray tans and fake hair to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Toddlers and Tiaras follows families on their quest for sparkly crowns, big titles, and lots of cash.
The preparation is intense as it gets down to the final week before the pageant. From hair and nail appointments, to finishing touches on gowns and suits, to numerous coaching sessions or rehearsals, each child preps for their performance. But once at the pageant, it's all up to the judges and drama ensues when every parent wants to prove that their child is beautiful."
Okay, how can I count the ways just that right there is SO NOT cool.
girls and boys parade around wearing makeup, false eyelashes, spray tans and fake hair
to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes
every parent wants to prove that their child is beautiful
And what consumes the kids' time? Instead of playdates and games of exploring and imagination, they have rehearsals and nail/hair appointments.
Sadly enough, all the costumes and whatnot, time and money consuming. People who are probably going to be forclosed or at the very least in a tight budget - like say the REST of the country - are instead parading their small child around and making them pretty much begin the downward spiral of intoxicationg their little minds about how beauty is everything.
Newsflash! It's not. I wish, so badly, that these people would stop living through their kids and start allowing them to have some healthy fun. Finger paint instead of spray tanning, play dress up instead of rehearsing for a skit. Just let these kids be kids! There's plenty of media pressure as soon as they get into high school, and prior to in some cases, that at the very least they should feel like their parents love them for who they are and what they look like, not how much money they can make from them.
Toddlers & Tiaras, kids in pagents - Not Kool.
*Okay, not kids in pagents. I think pagents are cute, and should be a nice, fun experience for a child that WANTS TO do this. These girls are being shoved around into it and if they say that they like it, it's probably because they've been thought to think that way.