Little Miss, Overboard
I don’t know about you, but I felt disgusted after watching that. How old are these girls? Six? Seven? Admittedly, they are talented but for what cost are they going through to display their talents? It’s one thing to have a really great hip hop dancing six year old, but a whole other thing to shed practically two feet of clothes off of them. What’s even more sickening is that some of these girls don’t even want to be there. The intense dance lessons and constant pressure to look a certain way is more than a child should handle at that age. They’re essentially stripped of a childhood because they’re too busy pretty-ing up for the next pageant. And it’s usually the Pageant Moms that are blamed. Perhaps they have their reasons. I’m sure they get the brunt of all the criticisms, but you won’t see me defending them. I’m biased, to say the least.
It’s not just talent shows and little girls who are feeling the pressure of social media, either. With so many outlets for self-publication through videos, photography, etc., I feel like child exploitation is becoming more and more popular. Most of the time, we don’t even realize it because we’re so entertained. I mean, weren’t you amazed by the girls dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” song?
Bottom line, it’s great to showcase a child’s talent, but keep in mind that they’ve got their whole life to deal with the pressures of growing up. Why speed up the process?