What do you think of the reality show Toddlers & Tiaras?

@stary1 (6622)
United States
October 9, 2011 3:22pm CST
Please, if any one can come up with a positive about this show I'd love to hear it. I think it's sad. Those poor little girls mostly trying to fulfill their Mom's dreams? To add insult to injury they use fake teeth, hair, etc..If you want a young pagent why not have natural looks only?? And anyone younger than 5 seems too young...
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18 responses
• United States
9 Oct 11
I cannot come up with any positive for this show. I was talking to my girlfriend about this show and told her how much I do not like this show and think it is unfair to the little girls. I think the show gives the little girls a wrong view on life. Kids should be learning about life and enjoying life, but the mothers of the little girls instead use their daughters for their own gain and not for the little girls. This is how girls gain distrust and anger towards their mothers when they get older and probably end up being rebellious. There should be a after Toddlers & Tiaras show which shows what happens to the daughters and mothers years after the show.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
LOL great suggestion!!! Toddler & Tiarra after show like the Teen Moms after show...you deserve my best response award. Welcome to myLot sup3dud3
• United States
9 Oct 11
Thanks it means a lot.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
My plesure..and I like ideas I had not thought of...
@lalo64 (11)
• United States
9 Oct 11
it is not my kind of show i feel like the moms exploit the little kids but thats just my opinion others may like it
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
This is what I am trying to figure out..why would anyone like this show and can there be positive results from it? Perhaps it teaches some of the girls to overcome stage fright?? But I kind of doubt that....lol many of the little ones look terrified and don't know what's going on...then there are those who have a crying break down.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Oct 11
I have no idea what this show is about but I'm guessing beauty pageants. If so I think that it is gross and as you say, fulfilling the mother's dreams. All that slap. Yukkity yuk.
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
You are correct..it's a beauty pageant for toddles to pre-teens. The little girls have 'glamour' shots where they have tons of make-up and wigs..etc.. It is rather over the top..
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
9 Oct 11
Not my cup of tea but what ever trips your gourd! I can't watch it because all I hear is "Blah, blah, blah!". You've got pushy parents and tired and sometimes uncooperative kids who appear to prefer other things to being dolled up on stage. A few kids seem to like it, at least a little bit; but it is unbearable to see how miserable both kids and parents are over a crown they are paying someone to tell them that their kids is "cute"????? I have to admit that I just don't get it, and I find it hard to enjoy what I don't understand. I wonder if these parents saved or invested all the money spent on pagents, how much money would they have set aside for their kid(s) to attend college by the time they graduate from high school? Mmmmm, good question!
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
Indeed it is expensive and I would choose to spend my money differently for sure. The mothers who were asked about the expense have said they feel it is an investment in the kids futures. That this could open doors for them for future pageants and modeling jobs. I don't know..that seems pretty far-fetched to me but then I am not involved with pageants
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@marguicha (95041)
• Chile
11 Oct 11
I think that show (and others) should be against the law and called child abuse, to say the least. They turn children into objects. It es a shame. A shame that they are done, a shame that TV makes a show out of it.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Oct 11
I know what you mean but apparently it has enough ratings to keep going. Thing is the effects of this won't be apparent until years later...
@marguicha (95041)
• Chile
12 Oct 11
It will always have good ratings. There are lots of people who like to see brutality, human misery disguised as science (as in home and health channel), these poor children and poeple dyiny in sordid wars. the effects are here. Parents who are willing to use their children instead of helping them be better human beings. And a media who profits from that. Shame!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Oct 11
marguicha thing is it really makes the parents look bad..I wonder if they have a clue what the public thinks of them?
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Oct 11
It seems raster shallow. Thinking the only career these toddlers have to look for is to become beauty queens. I did hear that in the Southern United STates, that they think of this as a career choice, going from winning the crown to be the beauty queen for their particular town, particular club, and hoping to be the reigning queen of the United States and finally the World. I mean little girls like to play dress up and pretending to be princesses, but this is a bit too much.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
LOL too true..it is shallow...It is mostly in the south, but not a huge number participate. I grew up in Louisiana and never knew about toddler beauty pageants ..my parents would have thought that ridiculous...
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Oct 11
I used to watch a similar reality show and it showed how distressed the parents felt if their little darling did not win. It also showed how much money went for the costumes. Way into thousand and ten thousands of dollars. They could have used the money now and I wonder how much they regretted it now that things are so bad economically.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Oct 11
People often rationalize when they foolishly spend money. If they feel guilty they will soothe their feelings by convincing themselves it was for their child's future. They might have a reality check when their child grows up and asks them..."what were you thinking??'" lol
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 Oct 11
My client sometimes watches this. I think the parents (mostly mothers) that get into this kind of think should be filed for child abuse...
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 Oct 11
"thing" not "think"
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Oct 11
ElicBxn ...it is a mild form of child abuse.. .and I too wish we could edit after sending... doesn't it make you feel a tiny bit better that you aren't the only one who makes these type of typos? It helps me
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 Oct 11
I look to see if the words are misspelled, but a lot of times the words are spelled right, just the wrong word... like "thing" not "think" but one I see a LOT is "quit" "quiet" and "quite"...
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
12 Oct 11
I really hate that show.It should be illegal to enhance the children's natural beauty. Yes show their talent if they have any,but do not fool around with their looks.They look like plastic dolls.It is a shame.And those parents should be charged with child abuse!Disgusting... but then we all know that money talk.May be if TV watcher would boycot this show,and their ratings would fall,they would cancel it! Wishful thinking!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Oct 11
Hi aghiuta, Yes aren't the fake teeth and wigs just so over the top they look cheap ...and not meaning in dollars.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
12 Oct 11
I think that the show is stupid! I really don't think that it is right for these mothers to put these children through this kind of pagentry. I don't mind that parents want to show off their children but I think that the kids should be kept much more natural than they are on this show. No one younger than 18 needs to be that "fake" to win a contest.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Oct 11
LOL I think almost all agree it's stupid...and worse...very sad...
• United States
11 Oct 11
I think the show is definitely sort of over the top. I think the idea of pageants can be a good one - little girls like to play dress-up and pageants are a great way of letting them indulge while allowing to perform their developing performance skills. (If you're going to violin, dance, or gymnastics lessons twice a week - why not be able to show off? Even at age 5?) I think pageants for older girls can be a great way to help them develop skills in how they should present themselves. However, Toddlers & Tiaras completely eliminates any of these positives and focuses on (fake) beauty and appearance. It's such a pity!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Oct 11
I agree recitals for music classes or displays for gymnatics can be positive for public performance skills. At least here the emphasis is on something more worthwhile and not all about appearance.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
11 Oct 11
I haven't seen the show and have no interest in it but I'll bet it might get high ratings from pedaphiles.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Oct 11
Yikes...I never thought of that...how creepy but you might be right
@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
10 Oct 11
The only ones who are natural are the little 11 month babies. The 5 yr olds look older like they are 14. They put on to much make up on their faces, the tick is to put it on light as if they aren't wearing anything make up to bring out their features.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
Wonder how many of those 11 month olds will remember any of this...seems under 5 is way too young..
• United States
10 Oct 11
yeah that show is really sad. one of my favorite reality shows, my life on the d list, had an episode where Kathy Griffin was one of the judges at one of these beauty shows. she was even shocked, and it's very hard to shock Kathy. She was joking saying, "It's nice to see really small strippers. It's always nice to know their roots." I've seen the show a few times and it's always crazy, the fake teeth they have called "flippers." It's just insane. there was also an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia where they mocked these pagents. those parents are crazy for putting their kids through that.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
Kathy got this one right...I agree the flippers are going way way too far...and I think the teeth is a major reason these girls look so phoney.. Also have you heard the thousands of dollors spent under the guise it's a good investment for the girls future...Some of the families who spend a lot do not appear to be all that well off...again..sad...
@bunnybon7 (36548)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Oct 11
it is very sad the way most of them are teaching their little girls to put such a big responsibility on such small girls to win and be beautiful no matter how painful it is. these are going to be some really messed up women and need a lot of therapy if they dont kill themselves with anarexia or bulemia, etc.first
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
If you ever watched these little girls being interviewed you can almost hear their mothers ideas and brainwashing.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
10 Oct 11
We don't get that program in australia. But I have heard about it. Infact, I have seen a news item about it. I think it is unbelievable that parents are allowed to get away with with abusing their kids like this. Basically that is what it is, as these kids are far too young to make a sensible choice about relaity shows, modelling, make up, cosmetic surgery, etc. What sort of values is it teaching them? How is it developing their brain?
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Oct 11
I can't see any posuitive either and no one has suggested any yet. It's kind of sad to see these beautiful little girls all made up like adults....
@anklesmash (1417)
9 Oct 11
That show makes me really angry.Children should be allowed to be children and not be a means of their mothers living out their dreams through them.I personally dont think beauty should be celebrated as it is merely an accident of birth.I think intelect and ability should be praised much more as that can be improved through hardwork.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
I agree with you and though stage pressence and performance are said to be rated, I think too much emphasis is on 'beauty' except the beauty isn't a natural childs beauty in this pageant..
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Oct 11
hi stary oh I hate those shows like that and the silly moms exploiting their own kids. its just horrid and the things those little girls go through surely that's no way for a child to live to be dressed up like little tramps and made up like adult s.l.u.t.s its preposterous.five seems too young to me and all that make up and false stuff they are not having a normal childhood at all. its mostly for the moms to live vicariously through their little girls. its just not right in my eyes. not right at all.
@gothtini (219)
• United States
9 Oct 11
Sorry, I'm not one of the positive people on this. Truth is, I have no clue how anyone can HAVE a positive view on this show. Its rude, disgusting, and an abomination to TV. How could people want to watch kids go through such treatment? Also how could some of those kids get away with saying what they do? They would get a hard swat from me if they said anything like that, and I'm not one for physical punishment with kids.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
9 Oct 11
I too see negatives but trying to find a positive..maybe it's the Pollyanna in me LOL Some of the girls have indeed become little divas and you have to wonder about their mothers allowing them to be that way.
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