Help Cancel Toddlers & Tiaras

18 01 2011

Caring cock of the snook to Valerie Moon for linking this open letter to the so-called “Learning Channel” as if this were about that:

. . .these pageant programs are both emotionally and physically abusive.

The content of the show is reprehensible and the time has come to stop being a complicit entity to the unfair and unhealthy treatment of these little girls.

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19 responses

18 01 2011
Lynn

Wow. The picture. No words.

18 01 2011
JJ

I know, right?? 😦

18 01 2011
JJ

If you can make it to the end of the open letter, there’s info to contact the channel and add your protest, reprinting here for those who don’t click over:

Want to contact the show? Have at it:

Producers: ToddlersTiarasCasting@authentictv.com

Owners: Discovery Communications, LLC Viewer Relations 1 Discovery Place, 5th Floor Silver Spring, MD 20910

Discovery Ethics Hotline: 1-800-398-6395

19 01 2011
Nance Confer

Didn’t this channel also have the Palin show, for a mercifully brief while?

19 01 2011
Luke Holzmann

I happened to see commercials for this show over Christmas while visiting my in-laws. The commercials were disgusting enough. We all looked at each other in disbelief.

~Luke

19 01 2011
JJ

Hey, Luke, happy new year and hope your MLK Day was peacefully serviceable.
(With our Scottish-enamoured son and poetry-enamoured daughter, our next celebration on tap looks like Burns Night Jan 25.)

Was that the promo where this same little girl tears off her top in the middle of her dance like a striptease, to reveal the missle bra above? I saw that one, with admiring squeals egging her on to strut, from the adult audience. And by adult, I mean the “adult entertainment” sense. They did everything but stuff dollar bills in what was left of her costume. Why isn’t this considered child pornography and sex trafficking, seriously?

19 01 2011
Lynn

“the missle bra”

It has a name? I learn so much over here.

19 01 2011
JJ

Maybe they should rename those pageants, to Little Junior Miss-le?

19 01 2011
Lynn

I think you’re right, Nance.

Veering off topic: Daughter and I watched a little of the (Sarah Palin’s Alaska) season finale marathon :O and it was more interesting than I thought it’d be. Like she kept referring to Todd as her “helpmate.” (Note to self: OMG. Liveblog her next show.)

19 01 2011
JJ

TLC: “This is where Sarah and the Palin family can really shine”

And it’s a fair point that Palin connects to all this in her inseparably public-private life story.

Trace her own beauty pageant past through her cosmetically pageant-y GOP campaign spending sprees for everyone right down to the new baby, leading up to one of her own daughters mocking her “pageant hair” on the TV show Lynn is newly, um, enamoured of. 😉

Rumpy-pumpy in peep-toe-patent leather

19 01 2011
Lynn

Help! I’ve been trying to finish a post about recent political strides made by Generation Joshua, but I can’t keep up! So, can I stick some content over here, if it sorta works into the topic?


Homeschooled Miss Tennessee Wins Miss America!

Sadly, her reign will force her to “defer her enrollment at Virginia’s Patrick Henry College.”

(Are missile bras even allowed at PHC?)

She then plans to go to law school and eventually become a politician and “stand up for what’s right, stand up for integrity and honesty.

19 01 2011
Lynn

more about Miss America…

“Career goals include trial attorney, Supreme Court justice or president of the United States.”

LOL (on the outside). Just thought you’d wanna know.

19 01 2011
JJ

Oh. My.

Yep, it fits and we’ll ship it for one low price. 😉

19 01 2011
JJ

I think I saw Scott Somerville post something last week about “being Miss America’s lawyer.” This must be what he meant?

19 01 2011
JJ

And okay, so how about adding this?

As a dancer, singer, pianist, guitarist, gymnast, speaker, and actress, I found that although I did well in each area, I wasn’t willing to completely dedicate myself to any one area as many others were. When I found pageantry, I realized that God had prepared me for this competition by creating me to love diversity, and here was the place I could use the talents He had given me.

Much like Sarah’s peculiar public-ambition prayers, Miss America’s “humble” prayer to that god would be a lot more arresting and attractive to some of us if she were being humble and thankful for being burdened with a disfiguring disease, or real starvation and no-doctor-or-dentist poverty from which it’s tough to maintain pageant good looks, instead of being crowned and showered with scholarships and glory and celebrity.

Dear God, please help me to be a diligent servant . . .and the diligence and perseverance necessary to be a worker who is not ashamed. I wish to be a shining light for you, a glowing example of who you are, and a grain of salt in a tasteless world. [LMAO! how unintentionally perfect for this topic!]

Whether or not this is achieved through a position, crown, title, or job, please place me exactly where you need me to be an effective ambassador for you. I am clay in your hands, your humble servant, willing to do whatever you wish for me in your perfect plan.

19 01 2011
JJ

Shall we dredge up the Carrie Prejean “queen of diversity and opposite-sex marriage” posts again? 😉

19 01 2011
Lynn

LMAO. And I’d forgotten all about Miss “Opposite-Sex Marriage.” Thanks for the reminder. Miss Prejean even got to speak at the Values Voter Convention, as I remember (since showcasing one’s hot bod for complete strangers is a Conservative Value). Must be a prerequisite for representing Republican Party politics as a woman.

19 01 2011
JJ

Which one was she given to make the law and possibly the presidency her ultimate burden to bear with all that humbleness, do you think?

I had been searching for a place where I excelled; a place where I felt I belonged . . . As a dancer, singer, pianist, guitarist, gymnast, speaker, and actress . . .

“Speaker” seemed the only stretch that wouldn’t completely snap reason, until I began to think about the acting and gymnastics required to do anything worth doing in public service these days, hmmm. Maybe she’s the smart one as well as the pretty one?

20 01 2011
Crimson Wife

I was really hoping the bald girl (Miss Delaware) would win Miss America. Now *THAT* would’ve been a statement!

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