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?


Also i forgot to say, paegants are a competetion. Just like football and soccer. It is insane to say you wouldn't allow your child to do a less dangerous competetion that requires alot of make up v.s. Playing one that involves (more than likely) broken bones and worst case scenerio death or becoming paralyzed. We have seen it happen plenty in football. But that is just my opinion. I understand some parents don't feel the same.


Why is this a big deal now? He is not the only boy that has been on the show. If the child wants to do it and is interested in it, then let the kid do it! If it were my kid, and they wanted to do it and had fun doing it, then by all means my kids going to do it. As for this lady, we don't actually know her so none of us can say that she is doing it for her own pleasure.


Good for Mom (and I hope Dad ) for letting their son explore all aspects of life.


The premise of this show is obscene. These children shouldnt be dressed up, made up & paraded around like dolls, all for ribbons & trophies & the occasional cash award. That doesnt nurture a 'whole' child. That teaches a child a narrow self centered view, which isnt healthy no matter how you attempt to rationalize it.

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