I Am Shocked, Beyond Shocked, I'll Tell You......
Tonight while turning the channels to watch the news I landed on a show that made me so sick to my stomach I just had to jump on here and write about it (therapy, I guess.) Anyway, the show was called Toddlers & Tiara's, something I had never seen, nor will never, ever see again. It is a behind the scenes look of beauty pageants for little ,itty bitty, girls. I was absolutely disgusted by this show and am completely dumbfounded as to why anybody would ever put their child in something like it.
Have you ever heard of flippers? I hadn't. Well, if you haven't, let me enlighten you. They are fake teeth that the girls wear to get that so-called "perfect" smile. They also wear "ginormous" wigs, have fake nails, spray tans, professional make-up, and dresses that cost thousands of dollars. Yes, I said thousands. The biggest shocker ~ these girls are, for the most part, only in the age range of two to seven. Have you ever??????
What are these parents thinking? These "girls" didn't even look real, more like made-up plastic dolls ~ it was as if Barbie had come to life, only she was "toddler" Barbie! It was actually really "creepy" in a way. I promise I am not kidding you when I say I was sick to my stomach, because I was. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.
The most horrible thing in this whole situation is the messages these girls are receiving about what beauty is. I wanted so badly to reach into that tv screen and scrub that make-up off those babies that I could barely contain myself. I wanted to tell them they were beautiful just the way they were, and more importantly, they were precious in Jesus' sight.
After seeing the show I kind of got the impression that in a lot of the cases it was all for the Mom's ego and had nothing to do with the child. Oh, how it grieves me to see parents doing this to their children. We already have tv shows and magazine ads depicting skinny, air brushed models, and as a result we have a generation of beautiful young girls who have eating disorders and low self esteem. Now we have this and it is sending the same wrong messages to even two year old's, no less. Oh, my heavens, if you thought I was worked up about Hallmark, that is NOTHING compared to how I feel about this.
Please excuse me for ranting. If you've read me long enough, you know for the most part I like to be upbeat and positive, but sometimes something will come along that has me scratching my head in disbelief, and just really gets my "dander" up. To make up for it I promise in my next post I will have lots of pretty pictures!
*I guess I should say if you are a fan of the show I don't mean to offend you, and I'm sorry if I have made you upset, BUT, .....sometimes a girl's just gotta do what a girl's gotta do and this is one of those times!!