I generally try to refrain from posting about hot-button topics. I love posting about current events, but they must be relatively obscure current events.
It has to do with my committment originality.
But tonight as I prepared my daughter’s lunch for her third day of second grade, one of those Dr. Phil-type shows came over the TV I keep on only to break the silence of the house after Kalista’s gone to bed. I found myself intrigued by the discussion about little girls and beauty pageants.
I know, I know. It’s a cliché topic everyone’s talked, farted and blogged about since that little girl with three names disappeared or was murdered (I can’t remember the details).
The show still got to me, somehow, and I ran a Google search of this Honey Boo Boo child guests on the show were discussing. Here’s a clip for those unfamiliar with this gem: http://youtu.be/ABzMAuI1vj0
Welcome to America, folks. We love car wrecks. We patronize TV channels devoted entirely to domestic abuse resulting in murders the perpetrator(s) almost pulled off without punishment. We look at these things, say they’re terrible, think about them, talk about them and watch them – again and again.
Reality shows aren’t much different. Honey Boo Boo Child has her own reality show because folks say it’s terrible, think about it, talk about it and watch it.
THAT IS PROBABLY the real tragedy. There will always be parents who push their children to be in pageants. Probably, there always have been, in some shape or form. And, probably, these pageants have always led little girls to believe confidence can be attained through showgirl-like behavior.
But if you have a problem with it …
… don’t watch the show.
Honey Boo Boo Child’s mother calls herself an “extreme couponer” when someone inquires as to her occupation. Of course she’s after easy money – even if that means making her 6-year-old child chubby, loading her with sugar and dispatching her on stage where she is to strut like a hooker.
Frankly, I don’t think this right should be taken away from her. Discouraged, maybe – but not taken away. We have hungry children in immediate danger – no supervision, clothing, access to a bath at night – who aren’t being rescued in this country. Worry about them first. Honey Boo Boo Child is obviously well fed and, since her mother is clearly a moron, probably wouldn’t be on the path for a Noble Peace Prize no matter what her mom does or doesn’t do.
STILL, I AM BAFFLED by her mother’s – or any parent’s – decision to enter the world of child pageantry. When I moved South for college, I was nearly speechless the day someone told me young girls are still part of debutante societies, but I guess Miss Americas have to start somewhere. These pageants are nationwide, debutante or not.
I guess it’s just never crossed my mind to subject my child to that weird culture.
It must be exhausting to live life on stage. Why force an early start to that on a child? But, again, to each his or her own.
It just isn’t my own.
Who knows how my opinion would change if it were obvious my daughter were meant for the stage. She took dance for a couple of years, but I don’t think she liked it. She’s too reserved and prefers to hang out with her thoughts. (Gee – I wonder where she gets that.) I know I’d support her in whatever endeavor she chose, though.
WRAPPING IT UP, from what I see, pageants in general are degrading to women, mindless and terribly boring. Child pageants are even worse because they are all of these things at a young, impressionable age. I know I would rather watch a Youtube video of my own autopsy than a pageant of any kind.
But that’s my opinion. I’m outsider to this culture. What do I know?
Thanks to America being America, parents have just as much right to enter the world of pageantry as I do to express how stupid it is.