Who has heard of Toddlers & Tiaras? I’m sure you all have come across the show in some way or another – whether it be the actual show or newspaper articles complaining about how wrong the show is! The show airs on the TLC channel and follows the lives of mothers and their daughters (sometimes even their sons, too) as they enter pageants. Below is a quote from the TLC description of the show:
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
Beautiful? Hardly. These kids are not beautiful, they are artificial; they look like [cute] dolls – ironic seeing as there is a ‘living doll’ part at these beauty pageants. I mean, these kids don’t even look anything like what they did before the make-up and hair extensions.
I’d be lying to you if I said I hated the show – I love watching it. Why? Because it is so funny to see these mothers get so worked up and involved in these pageants just to win a huge crown, a sash and money. They spend as little as $10 000 on their kids and that includes fake tan, custom dresses, make-up, fake nails, ‘flippers’ (their fake teeth), hair wigs and props. It’s sad, but in the same sense, nothing is wrong with it. I mean, kids are pushed by their parents to do well in a certain sport or academics – these kids on T&T are pushed to do well in these pageants. These little girls have dreams about becoming Miss USA and Miss Universe.
I sit every weekend and watch the show in the morning and just marvel at all the effort put into this… sport – which is what they consider it to be. I’m not going to judge these people. There’s thousands of kids who do this. I just find it funny that they have their own ‘online’ community where they hate and bash each parent and their kids. LOL. Silly people. At the end of the day, this is normal for them – this is what they have grown up with. We can’t really judge them – it’s their lives. South Africa happens to have these pageants too – there was a show on a few weeks back about it. I’d love to go watch one and see how extravagant South Africans are in comparison to the Americans.
On the topic of beauty and the like, did anyone hear about the advert that got banned? Read the article here but here’s a summary. Basically, ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) banned an advert for clothing brand, Drop Dead because the model looked ridiculously under-weight – she did! Below is one photo – I don’t want to post the other photo because it’s just so…. ugh! I understand models need to be really thin, but there’s a line between thin and shockingly anorexic looking. O.o
What do you guys think about all of this?