Toddlers & Tiaras Season Premiere Recap: Exploitation or Entertainment?

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The nauseating and addicting gawk-fest that is Toddlers & Tiaras is back!

TLC's hit series has received a tidal wave of publicity, much of it negative, thanks to Paisley Dickey, or more likely the mom of Paisley Dickey, who dresses her as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, or as a sexy cop, depending on her mood.

But, as we learned in the season opener, it's not meant to be sexy.

A Toddlers & Tiaras Pic

It is, however, meant to exploit the kids for the parents' gain. Let's be honest. Mom Katie even admits, "I had the children so we could do the pageants."

That sums it up right there. Girls are shown in glitz and glamour beyond their comprehension, so that the mothers can live vicariously through them.

Even if that means hair extensions, heavy makeup and racy costumes.

Katie and her husband Robert look no further than RuPaul for inspiration with some of their drag routines. Seriously, it has to be seen to be believed.

"We take a lot of our inspiration from RuPaul. He's our favorite queen," she says.

Bob, 6, and Riley, 5, thus learn to be fierce, whether they'd like to or not. Bob (yes, a boy named Bob) even lets his mom glue fake eyelashes on him.

Scarred for life, that's all we can say.

Some big drama popped up when Katie's husband nixed RuPaul's music for Riley's talent routine, only to see another contestant strut to Ru's "Cover Girl."

In case you're wondering if Lady Gaga made an appearance, not last night. But, "I've had her perform 'Poker Face' on the bar at Applebee's," she says.

"It's not like people threw dollars at her or anything. She's not a stripper."

Great. Meanwhile, nine-year-old and diva-in-the-making Anna-Maria wants to be the next Miss America. She thinks her competition doesn’t stand a chance.

With her hula-hooping skills and “booty bounce,” who are we to argue?

Yep. Pageant mom Crystal taught her daughter the booty bounce for her routine and decided to embarrass her by mirroring the routine behind the judges.

“They think screaming kids having their hair pulled, you know, not wanting to get their makeup on," says Crystal, defending her actions as pageant mom.

"You know, crying and kicking and screaming. I like to sit them down and show them the video of my daughter on the stage because you can’t fake that smile.”

Isn't trying to manufacture beauty the entire point of this charade?

This, of course, begs the question: Who really wants to win this? And how will Anna-Maria's little girl look at her one day when she realizes what went on?

We may never know. But 3-year-old Laila, who's perfected a Rockette routine, and Riley and Bob, did their thing to win over the judges. And we cheered.

Finally, little Casey Watkins, 6, is a bit new to the pageant scene, but her mother, Melissa Wigfall makes sure the little girl doesn’t focus on that too much.

“It’s not just about pageants. Casey does other things,” Wigfall said. “We have a lot of family time. It’s just something she’s doing that makes her happy.”

On a reality show that exploits as much as it entertains.

Should TLC cancel Toddlers & Tiaras?

 

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pretty little girls made ugly with cosmetics and strange hair styles.Are there any natural pageants.
another question - not to be intentionally rude, but why are all the mothers morbidly obese, is it a pageant or an American thing? They won't live to see their little girls grow up.

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these little girls do not want to do this they are forced by their manily ugly (sorry) nasty mothers.crying kicking screamingthrowing themselves on the floor while the mothers insist how much they really really love pageants. the truth is they want to win for themslves . how many times have you seen mom with the crown on? I feel bad for the little girls they never learn how to lose gracefully certinly not from their moms who never like the title they get unless its grand supreme. I wonder if the moms change at all after watching themselves? my guess is probably not.poor babies

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I feel bad for these families who spend as much to get their six year old through a year of pageants than they would spend on a year of their kid's college education! Which do you think is going further in life?

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ALL YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GET A LIFE AND QUIT BASHING THE PAGEANT WORLD!!! HAS IT EVER CROSSED YOUR MINDS THAT SOME OF THESE CHILDREN MIGHT ACTUALLY ENJOY COMPETING IN PAGEANTS?? OR MAYBE THEY DONT DO IT TO BE PRETTY, THEY DO IT JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT AND PURE ENJOYMENT OF MAKE NEW FRIENDS??I AM A PRODUCT OF THE PAGEANT WORLD AND HAVE NEVER BEEN FORCED TO DO ANYTHING THAT I DIDNT WANT TO DO!! OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!! PEDOPHILES ARE EVERYWHERE, THEY WILL LOOK AT YOU NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOUR WEARING. OUR SPORT/ACTIVITY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER SPORT. A CHEERLEADER PUTS ON A SHORT UNIFORM AND PARADES UP AND DOWN A FIELD OR COURT AND NOBODY INSULTS THEM OR THERE FAMILY. JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SPORT AFTER THE EVENT IS SAID AND DONE, THE CLOTHES COME OFF AND THE CHILD IS A CHILD.THERE ARE SOME WACK JOBS THAT MAKE IT BAD FOR EVERYONE, BUT DONT GO BASHING SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED OR EVEN TAKEN THE TIME TO WATCH IN PERSON.

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I feel sorry for these kids, they don't have a life and they'll be messed up if thier parents keep forcing them to do this.
There's another show called "Dance Moms" that needs to be cancled too because the instructor plays songs that are too sexy for these young girls to dance to and a couple of mothers make their girls dance in the program even though they don't want to. Some girls are older but the dances are way out of line.

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BRAVO TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS TV SHOW FOR PEDOPHILES!!! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!! WAY TO BAIT YOUR DAUGHTERS MOTHERS! YOU SHOULD ALSO GET MOTHER OF THE YEAR FOR STEALING YOUR CHILDRENS YOUTH AND CREATING SHALLOW INDIVIDUALS. IT IS COMFORTING TO KNOW THAT IN 10 YEARS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE OUR FUTURE. HURRAY!!

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It's exploitation, and those that watch the show are as guilty of exploiting these babies as their crazy families are...pure and simple. Turn the channel, and it'll all be over - at least on the tv.

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DID ANYONE EVER NOTICE ON THIS SHOW THAT ALL OF THE MOTHERS ARE FAT SLOBS...HMMMMM.....WONDER WHY THEY ARE SOOOOOO OBSESSED WITH THEIR LITTLE ONES TO BE BEAUTIFUL AND BE IN BEAUTY PAGEANTS????? A TOTAL NO-BRAINER IF YOU ASK ME; THEY WISH IT WERE THEM.....THEY ARE TOTALLY DISGUSTING IN THEIR LOOKS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THEIR INNOCENT CHILDREN.....THEY SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.....ENOUGH ALREADY...........

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I hope the pageant winningsamount to enough money to pay for years of psychotherapy so the parents can clean up the messes they've caused to happen inside their childrens' heads, Then again, parents like this are probably far more likely to "invest" in such ridiculous, child-innappropriate things as juvederm injections in lips, breast augmentation for four-year-olds, all sorts of useless procedures not suitable for mere children.

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No offense but the little girl in the picture does not look pretty. I guess you can call her cute. Can you imagine how her
parents will be telling her that she's pretty? When reality hits
her she'll be destroyed. Kids can be cruel without knowing or
thinking how they are hurting another child's feelings. Don't lie
to your kid and being beautiful or pretty isn't all that counts to
be happy. These kids will be victims to their parents dream. It's
ashame they have to do what they're told. Sorry if I sound mean
although that isn't my intent....I am simply stating what I see.

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