Toddlers and Tiaras

I’ve no time for “Reality TV” and I’ve no time for beauty pageants. But I’ve plenty of time for children. Happy, playful and full of life, those are the three qualities I love most about children. They’re totally carefree and they don’t mind if they get wet or dirty.

Well, you won’t see kids like that on “Toddlers and Tiaras”, oh no! This is a Beauty Pageant! We’ll have none of that tomfoolery here! “Toddlers and Tiaras” is an American reality TV series from TLC that combines the glitter and glamour of the world of high fashion and formal attire with “Play School”. The results are absolutely horrendous!

In all the episodes we see little girls, some as young as three, and one aged only fourteen months, dressed up, pampered and groomed by their mothers (very seldom by their fathers), and sent out on a stage in front of a panel of judges. To get some idea of just how grotesque this whole business is, just Google Toddlers and Tiaras and look through the images. Nobody who likes and respects children as I do will find these girls cute. They’re babies dressed up and made to look like women several times their age. And the women who cosset these girls to such a degree, quite apart from being butt ugly, do it to satisfy their own egos. They have no regard whatsoever for their own children or what they’re doing to them.

And what those girls will be like as adults hardly bears thinking about. A dismal sight.