Friday, 4 April 2014

Toddlers & Tiara -- Robbing & sexually exploiting a child.

I came across this series called Toddlers and Tiaras and was immediately felt repelled -- well if that word is not too much to describe my feelings watching small girls being made up like little dolls with overly done hair, thick make-ups and to the extend wearing fake denture, or whatever you call it to hide their teeny weeny little teeth.

Some of them do looked like alive Barbie the only difference is they're bigger and they moves, talk, dance and do all stuff including strutting the cat walk in their tiny bikinis. And if it is not too much (again) for me to say some do look a bit like Chucky's girlfriend, Tiffany.

Nope, I do not think Im being mean, but I cannot help the feeling of utterly riled watching mothers pushing their kids to do stuff that beauty peagent does.
Probably they love donning their toddlers in overdone gowns, paint their baby skin with makeups and gluing fake lashes and hair extensions...owh, I pitied them. Having to go through this sort of mental strained from such a tender age.

Personally, I'd call it child mental abuse. It's horrible and it's an obvious 'child pornography on a milder scale'.
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In one report I found, after succumbing to curiosity of wanting to know more about this programme, it is said that there are concerns about whether the viewers were feeding the stage mothers' as they call it -- a desire for attention, or about the insensitivity in taping and televising children in the middle of a meltdown or temper tantrum.

And some concerns group said that if the thought that child beauty pageants are just a chance for little girls to play dress-up, or a training ground for superficial, self-centered princesses in the making, everyone should agree that sexualising a 3-year-old little girl is wrong.

TLC, the channel responsible in airing this programme has once released footage of a 3-year-old contestant dressed as the prostitute played by Julia Roberts in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman."

The channel known to many as The Learning Channel aired via OSN here in this region was forced to pull  its Facebook page because of the deluge of negative comments over an episode that featured a little girl dressed up to look like Dolly Parton, complete with padded bust and buttocks.
They managed to engendered outrage among millions of people who are tired of seeing children exploited and halting at nothing to make good buck.

We have been fed with all sort of reality shows. From singing, to outwitting each another or up to sharing almost every moment of day to day life such as Kim Kardashians; where cameras will follow her till the toilet bowl -- to me it is all televisions companies effort to gain publicity and rating and making money out of these attention seeking 'celebrities'.

In the case of this Toddlers and Tiaras, perhaps the parents involved are enjoying those celebrity-like lifestyles. And that those viewers who are nonchalant about these programme assume those sexual content and innuendo in the programming will go over their child's head.
Maybe they think it is cute to dress their child in sexy clothes or encourage her to imitate sexy foxy singers dance moves so they can post it on YouTube.
The fact is they are encouraging and teaching their child what sort of behaviour will get them noticed.
I dread to think of the toddlers' teenage life and and how they perceive the world later.

As stated by one concerned writer --

"A decade ago, parents worried about their teen daughters coming home from the mall with hip-riders. Now parents have to combat marketing forces that are telling their third-graders they need to have a padded push-up bikini top, or their second-graders that they need to have shoes that promote fitness, but are the same shoes sold to adults to tone and shape buttocks and thighs.
In February 2007, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls that found that girls' exposure to hypersexualized media content can negatively impacts their cognitive and emotional development; is strongly associated with eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression; leads to fewer girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and causes diminished sexual health.

A"no comment" response to CNN's questions from TLC are not only complicit in the act of sexualising toddlers, they are unwilling to own up to their role in encouraging this kind of behaviour.
Parents across the country and those where the programme are aired should not allow their young children watch this programme at all.

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