Mother of Brock Ritter Defends Son's Appearance on Toddlers & Tiaras

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Toddlers & Tiaras is the most despicable show on reality television. And, yes, we know: that's saying a lot!

But many believes the TLC series sunk to a new low this week when it featured eight-year old Brock Ritter as a beauty pageant contestant. He's a boy.

The self-described "diva" hails from Michigan and has a mom, Tori, who says she's simply trying to "nurture" her child.

"I support what his ideas are and what he wants to do because people say you have to open your kids up to opportunities and let them try different things," Tori told TV Guide. "We've both played soccer. We've kicked the ball around with him in the back yard and he has no interest in doing that.

Defending the spray tan on her son as part of "dress-up," Tori has this to say about those who criticize child pageants overall:

"It would be interesting to take a poll on how many of those people have sat in an audience or have had hands-on experience in a pageant. I think the people who are bashing are on the outside looking in."

Do you think Brock should have been on Toddlers & Tiaras?


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This is wrong on so many levels. If he hadn't of had that influence of Toddlers and Tiaras, would he be saying he wants to be a firefighter or a diva? I mean, c'mon, people. He has no CLUE what he wants to be right now, at all. A day from now, he'll may want to be a policeman WITH THE RIGHT INFLUENCE he could pick whatever he wants! But no, this is the MOTHER living vicariously through her son. She wasn't pretty enough to be in pagents so rather than put her own daughter through, she puts her son??? That doesn't make a lick of sense. Her daughter could be thinking "Well, why doesn't mommy want me to do pagents, am I not pretty enough?" That mother is so stupid and doesn't know what is best for those children.


I was so taken by Brock. What great personality and spirit.
I am so proud of Tori for unconditionally loving and supporting her son. He is so young and filled with happiness.
Isn't that what life is about? Being happy with who you are?
My hats off to mom. She is right...he is a star!
Look how special you are that people would take the time to write about you!!


I sense a sex change in his future.


Let the kid do what he wants! If he is happy doing pageants, let him be. If he ever decides he doesn't want to that's fine, he can stop on his own. Parents should support their children and let them do what ever makes them happy no one should tell him what he wants to do or be. I'm glad someone is standing up for their child and glad this little boy has the courage to be himself in this cruel judgmental world!


Growing up with competitions, pageants, & the discipline of dancing made me who I am today. As an adult, I am so much more grateful having had the supportive parents who allowed me to grow into my passion (everything from fake eyelashes to Vaseline on my teeth, I've done it, I know why, and I understand this world). Did I end up Miss America or Dancing on Stage professionally? No, but I am a successful adult and look back on my competition days with nothing but fondness. What a courageous little boy, and what great parents he has for allowing him to grow to his full potential.


Oh. My. GOSH!!!! If he wants to be in pageants and be a "diva", just let him be!!! At least he's being true to himself and his parents support that


Why is it any different for boys than girls? He wants to be in pagents let him


I think this kid is probably going to get teased at school anyway if he's this open about what he wants to do. I don't think her mom needs to be blamed for supporting him. Remember, he's already 8 and he's not being forced to do anything, he WANTS to do this. And do you really wish he had some oppressive father around to tell him he can't do what he's inclined to do? I don't agree with child beauty pageants in general. But at least it seems this kid has a mom who'll always support him however he'll turn out to be.


Where is his father? Any real man is not going to let his son humiliate himself like this on national television.
Kids don't know any better so they will simply go with the flow. Ten years from now this boy is going to look back at this with a ton of bitterness toward his mother simply because she exploited him so that she could be on TV. It's sad and utterly selfish when parents use their children as a device to reach their own personal aspirations. PS - I agree that this show is up there as the worst because children don't know they simply listen to their parents like they suppose to. With that being said, what comes next? Child mud wrestling? My child the stripper? There has to be some federal restrictions on what can be considered a television show especially when it involves innocent children.


Just to be clear, I wouldn't put my daughter in these pageants either because you are doing too much to these little girls too. One of the other mothers had a little girl who she said she was so proud of because she looked like 'a little sixteen year old'. For heavens sake, shes six years old! let her be six years old! she shouldn't know the pains of being a woman until she's closer to being a woman! you're plucking eyebrows, tanning, putting fake hair in, dyeing hair, putting tons of makeup on, etc... She'll have plenty of time to do stuff like that when she has to! what is she gonna do when she's thirty, if she's all ready wearing concealer and foundation?! there's no need for it! Let your children be children! they'll have time to worry about adult things when they are adults!

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