Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a little girl is objectified in a beauty pageant at the insistence of her mother and I don't watch it on TLC, is her self image still destroyed?

I'm going under the theory that my observation of either of these realities doesn't affect the outcome.


If you have a shred of dignity about what you watch, I'll save you the guilt: mom convinces daughter that she likes beauty pageants; daughter wants to make mom happy; mom teaches daughter dance moves that are not even appropriate for an adult; mom dresses up daughter like a little stripper (or Vegas show girl in Season 2, Episode 1); daughter either receives accolades because she shakes her money maker well or is disappointed because she didn't shake her money maker well enough; and, viewer sees a self image time bomb start ticking.

It almost can't be real - but it is. I may being going straight to hell for laughing.

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