Toddlers and Tiaras: A Form of Child Abuse
By: Safaa Alnabelseya
TLC, also known as The Learning Channel, has started viewing an American, controversial show called Toddlers and Tiaras in 2009. The show basically features a number of young girls between the ages of 2 and 7 getting spray tanned and dolled up by their ignorant and selfish mothers. I do not see in anyway how this might be a ‘learning’ experience for any viewer, as the name of the channel suggests. It is absolutely disturbing to see these young girls wear very little clothing, fake teeth, fake hair and fake eye lashes to please viewers. I do not understand how these mothers think it is okay to do this to their children thinking they are going to live a normal life when they grow older, when really, they have been humiliated on live television in front of about 1.8 million viewers tuning in every week. Not to mention that these overweight, rich house wives clearly have nothing better to do than use their children to feel better about themselves, and thus end up taking the competition way too seriously teaching their children that without a winning crown, they are not pretty and that beauty is everything. They carelessly turn their children into BRATS, who cannot stand losing and end up disobeying anything their mothers say. This has a cause and effect on the child’s life in the future, implanting the idea that beauty is everything and that society views them based on how pretty their teeth are or how perfectly their face is painted. It does not make it okay for a mother to use her daughter just to enter a beauty pageant because she herself was not able to do so in her childhood. It is completely selfish of any parents to use their children as toys just to show off in front of other mothers and satisfy themselves in such meaningless victories that can have very negative adverse effects on the children. Do they not think about their daughters lives? Do they tune out the tears and anger that rages out of their 4 year old daughters, while they force cosmetics and bikini wear on them? There must be someone working for TLC that has the sense to pull the plug on this show and realize that psychological abuse is still a form of child abuse.