So I was flipping channels during a commercial and came upon Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC.
http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/toddlers...nd-tiaras.htmlOn 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.
I'm not sure I can explain how horrified I am after watching a few minutes of this show. We have a mother of a 2-year-old saying that "if we win this show, we'll be so proud." WE? We who? You and the two-year-old?
The show is playing as I type, and for the most part, I'm not seeing something that's fun. I'm not seeing something that is a warm and bonding experience between a mother and daughter.
Oh, shit, a mom just said, "Kayleigh will participate in pageants until she tells me she doesn't want to." Um, the kid can't really talk yet. And she doesn't want her fucking nails painted, you bitch.
Can someone explain this to me? I have this television show on; it shows the upper-middle-class homes of the Georgia pageant participants--but am I really watching a freak show?
One more time. Horrified.
If someone can convince me that what I'm watching is somehow good, please do.