Every week, T&T features different children attending beauty pageants. Sounds innocent right? Yes, until you realize these pageants turn toddlers into sexualized mini-women who prepare for the pageant by getting spray tans, fake teeth, full make-up, and hair extensions. Not to mention the amount of “practice” they’re subjected to before the pageant where someone, either their mother or a professional pageant coach, instructs them on how to strut across the stage while still maintaining flirtatious eye contact with the adult male judges.
Remember, this is the show that introduced us to a child who calls herself Honey Boo Boo Child as well as a toddler who dressed up as Julia Robert’s iconic hooker character from Pretty Woman. Not your typical preschoolers.
Hold up, you’re thinking. Stop right there. What could be worse than that?
Well, let me get to the Dance Moms. They’re a group of mothers who assist their children in reaching their professional dancing dreams by devoting their lives and their daugthers’ lives to the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company. This would almost be sweet if it didn’t involve their daughters being yelled at by Abby Lee Miller on a daily basis, being forced to wear scandalous outfits on stage and being pressured into winning every single week at the risk of being moved to the bottom of the ranking pyramid if they don’t.
As much as their mother complain about Abby Lee Miller being a tyrant, they continue to take their daughters back there week after week and put dancing in front of everything else, including schoolwork and their other non-dancing children. What kind of mothers let their 10-year-old daugthers do a burlesque routine with costumes that give them the illusion of being topless?
Answer: not good mothers.
Answer #2: Scratch not good mothers and let’s go as far as to say bad mothers. The episode made everyone who watched so uncomfortable that Lifetime pulled it down from the website and scrubbed away its existence from the Internet.