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Kids Beauty Pageant

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by grange, Sep 2, 2011.

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    In America's controversial world of child beauty pageants, a four-year-old girl with fake breasts and a padded bottom is considered "cute".

    The pageants have again hit the headlines in the US, after reality show Toddlers and Tiaras aired an episode where Kentucky girl Maddy Jackson dressed up as Dolly Parton, complete with the country's singer's famous "enhancements".

    Before the pageant Maddy's mother Lindsay, herself a former child beauty queen, said the Dolly Parton costume was always a hit.

    "When she wears the fake boobs and the fake butt it's just like an added, extra bonus," she said.

    "And it's really funny when she comes out on stage and everyone thinks it's hysterical because they all of sudden realise that not only is she Dolly, she has the enhancements just like Dolly has.

    "We tend to score really well with it all the way around."

    At the pageant, the girl's stylist Michael Booth says he doesn't like the padding, after Maddy says she feels cute.

    "I think you're cute and you would be just as cute without those, don't you?" he said.

    But the judges end up agreeing with Maddy.

    "As judges we all thought it was cute that Maddy came in dressed as Dolly Parton," one judge said.

    "Put a little stuffing in and she looked the part."

    The episode has attracted heavy criticism in US media.

    "Just when you think reality television has sunk as low as it's possible to sink without high-grade drilling equipment, along comes the recent episode of Toddlers & Tiaras," The Washington Post's entertainment blogger Jen Chaney wrote.

    Chaney said Maddy's mother "pushed things way too far".

    "Even the girl's stylist, a person who makes a living by slathering lip gloss on rugrats, found it disturbing."

    The Huffington Post called the episode "cringe-worthy" and "ethically questionable".

    Newsradio Cleveland said the costume was "disgusting".

    "Barely out of diapers, four-year-old Maddy Jackson is already on the road to being the next sex symbol."

    Lindsay Jackson defended the pageants on the Today Show in the US.

    "To some people it's over the top. To us it's just what happens, it's just normal," she said.

    Ms Jackson put her daughter in pageants after she showed some interest in having her photos taken as a baby.

    "And if she desires to stop at any moment that's perfectly fine.

    "If she wants to play soccer, baseball, whatever she wants to do, then we'll stop pageants at any moment."

    Debate over child beauty pageants recently hit Australian shores when there were calls for a Victorian pageant to be banned, forcing American contestant Eden Wood to pull out because her mother feared for the child's safety.

  2. That's one thing I don't get. Protesters are obviously against the 'sexualisation' of these kids, but are happy to send them & their parents death threats??

    It's like Dr's getting murdered for performing abortions. I just don't get it.

    Ok, protest your hearts out - I encourage it. But bringing violence & death threats into it doesn't help the cause & makes you look frickin crazy!!!
  3. As much as I find these pageants disturbing and weird its a bit of a headline grabber story. "Pageant outrage: fake breasts and bottom for girl, 4" then it turns out she is in a Dolly Parton costume. I don't find the fact that a 4 yr old stuffed her bra to look like a singer who is more known for her tits than her singing, any more revolting than these competitions in general.
  4. Im always interested to see how society gains perverse pleasure from seeing extreme examples of sexuality. If I had to make a list of things that needed to be done to improve childrens lives, banning child beauty pageants just doesnt seem particularly relevant.
  5. I have a problem with any parent that makes they're child participate in a sport or activity they don't particularly enjoy and living their lives through their children.

    Whether it be beauty pageants, football, cricket, dance, chess whatever.

    The only thing I've insisted on is that my kids do something other than sit at home and play computer games all the time. The eldest played soccer and softball/baseball. The youngest plays Hockey and is also learning the guitar and electric bass.

    It's they're choice. If the youngest came home and said he didn't want to do music lessons anymore that's fine with me. If he said he wanted to quit hockey and take up squash, that's fine with me.

    Some parents I've seen push their kids to the point that it is no longer fun for the child. Let them be kids, let them learn that it's alright not to be good at something, that it's alright not to win all the time.