Thursday, September 14, 2006

Gag me with a wig.... seriously!

Check out this site.

This is wrong on so many levels. Seriously. There is a baby with a hoodie in those pictures with FREAKING LIP GLOSS ON!

WHY do people do this to their children? WHY?


Is it a sick fascination to live a childhood the parents never had? Is it the recognition that the parents want to receive?

I believe that certain pageants have a place and purpose.

These, however, do not. They are a form of child abuse, IMHO, and should be banned.

Since when has it been a good idea to age our children by 20 years with no input from the child?

I mean, do they seriously love it? The children, I mean. Do the two year olds love to be spray-painted with a tan, forced to wear a wig, and put on makeup? Do they love to be shoved out on to a stage, and forced to do some hoochie mama dance routine?

Check out Lindsay Ferrier's article in the Nashville Scene, as well as her post at Suburban Turmoil. You can click on the link in my links on the right.


Blogger Blazer1234 said...

Seen it...and it is horrible! It is so wrong on every level possible. It is so hard for me to understand why the hell parents think it is ok and healthy to do that to their children.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Pass The Torch said...

Are those actually real humans? They looked like porcelain dolls. Seriously.

It took a long time to load, so I didn't look around the site at all, but if those are actual children, I don't understand why anyone would do that to them.

My lip is all curled just writing this comment.


10:56 PM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

oh ... those are real children, Kelly. It is hard to believe, isn't it? When I opened one of them up, I said out loud "she looks like an American Girl doll."

11:13 PM  
Anonymous J said...

I have to agree...

My son is absolutly adorable (I know I'm biased) and my SIL suggested that I take him to a modeling agency to get some pictures taken and see if he could make the cut for a catalog or something. I cringed. The extra money would be great, but I just can't imagine making my child (only 10 months old) work. I mean, even if it seemed like fun to him...I just couldn't do it.

That site was 100 times worse than that...I watched a documentary on HBO about child pagent stars and the pressure they are under. It's insane. UGH! Poor kids don't even really realize what they are missing.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Janene said...

Opps...sorry. That was me. I was so angry I didn't get my whole name in. :)

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think those parents who do this to their kids should be foreced into some kind of counseling to understand what they are doing to their kids.

Yeah, my daughter was in a local county fair pagnant when she was little, one time only and it wasn't even all the makeup and hair, etc. But I did make a dress for her. It was all in fun, no money, etc. was needed. That kind of stuff can be ok if you don't take it to extremes. These people are not facing reality!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Duchess... exactly. It makes me wonder if the Miss USA's and Miss America's started off as these children do, or if they do it differently. I have never really heard of a Miss USA or Miss America admitting that her mother or father or whoever placed her on the kiddie circuit when she was 12 months old.

When it becomes a choice, and when it is for fun, THEN pageants have a place in society. But just to name some child "Miss Potato Dumpling" Mini Sensation 0-3 ... I mean. What is the gain?

I thought it was interesting that the site of which I am speaking stated in its last sentence of its disclaimer "please no bashing."

Bashing between the contestants' parents, or bashing from people who stumble upon the site and scratch their heads?

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I thought they were dolls at first, too. Really sick. I adressed the very thing in this post. Children are supposed to look like childre! If I ever changed my mind, I would never put make up on my kid!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

That is really disturbing to me. Those little girls, even with their peaches and cream complexions, look Photoshopped to all hell. And if you look at the enlarged photos, they all have the same "Stepford" smile and gaze in their eyes. Mindnumbing.

2:38 PM  
Blogger jayne d'Arcy said...

Somethings wrong with some of those photos. In some of them, you can see brushstrokes, digitally enhanced. And one of them is a woman's head pasted on a child's shoulder.

I'm not saying this site is a hoax, but a lot of those faces have been worked over not just digitally but surgically as well.

Although, as far as surgery goes, I wouldn't be surprised if a pageant mother would put her kid under the knife.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Oh, I have no doubt in my mind that all of those photos are enhanced/airbrushed/etc. I think they replace all of their eyes with the same doe-like eyes, just changing the eye color to match the child's.

But the fact that those caregivers WANT these organizations to doll their kids up to look like supermodels is what disturbs me the most.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Oh, I could get started and go on forever about this. It makes me nauseous what those parents do to their children. They don't even look real.

I better stop now while I can.

6:12 PM  

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