Toddlers & Tiaras: Child Exploitation at its Worst?

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Kids sure grow up fast these days.

For almost three years, TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras has proven this emerging trend - albeit in an extreme case - by depicting the world of child beauty pageants.

It was always borderline in terms of decency, but the controversy surrounding the show has ramped up in recent weeks after T&T hit a dubious new low.

As footage of 3- and 4-year-olds dressed in overly adult costumes hit the airwaves, critics have been mortified at the show - and the industry it documents.

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"Little girls are supposed to play with dolls, not be dolls," New York-based clinical social worker Mark Sichel tells People in its new cover story this week.

Padding, fake hair, flippers (faux teeth) and spray tans "cause the children tremendous confusion, wondering why they are not okay without those things."

Wendy Dickey, the woman responsible for a three-year-old's child hooker outfit, defended it as "tasteful and funny" and implied sporting outfits are worse.

Juana Myers, whose daughter MaKenzie has been featured on Toddlers & Tiaras, says unfair scrutiny has been placed on the show and pageant industry.

Has it, though? Or are people just now opening their eyes to this awfulness? What do you think? Should TLC yank Toddlers & Tiaras? Vote below:

 

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They call it a "beauty pageant, how do judges judge on beauty, if the girls are covered in spray tans, fake eye lashes, and flippers. If people are going to do pageants why make them about who has the most money to buy flippers and dresses. Beuaty pageants should solely judge kids on their beauty.

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Watch the all female comedy group The Katydids show you what happens when the children from Toddlers & Tiaras grow up: http://youtu.be/FC-jafOj_Y4

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Has it ever occurred to you low-life producers that your primary audience is most likely pedophiles?? Are you people that STUPID? The mothers of these kids are obviously un-educated, trailer-trash, stripper-wannabe's.
I fault the creators of this show and its sponsors.

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What are you Mother's doing to you young daughters? You dress them in unreal costumes, and the audience looks like a bunch of cleaning ladies... The only ones making out here are the promoters $$$$$$$$. Ca-ching..Ca-ching
Get yourself and your children good educations, not street corners

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MOMS can't you give your child a chance to become what you always wanted to be..let them grow up to be trash if they want and quit pushing them in to it..I know if that were me when I got older I'd hate you forever....

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If they were natural with none of all the fake stuff it would be fine. But they take it too far the girls dnt even look like children! Mre like mini hookers.

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What kind of Mother would do such a discuting thing like that, A HOOKER!!! if you want attention from that put the damn clothes on your ows effin body and go stand on the freakin street corner... you are a piss poor ass excuse of a Mother, I pray your daughter is never approached by some filthy child molester. you disgust me!!! makes me wonder what this Baby has to endure at home.

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the girls are cute my mom would never do that with me when i was younger.mabey now.

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Ok...wait..let me see if i understand...You people can bitch about these young men clothes to the point where you mnke a law to ticket anyone who has sagging pants...but dressing your 2 3yr old daughter up like a prostitue is acceptable.(smdh)... Exploiting your BABY GIRLS tsk tsk...i hope ALL you moms have 25hr security for your daughter, child predators still exsist.

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