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audrawilliams exposes the most fucked up thing I've seen in....well, possibly ever. All those kids are terrifying, but I think young Ashley Jo is the worst. I bet she's preparing for the day when her people will come down to earth and kill us all.

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with those girls' parents?


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Nov. 24th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
But also, look how sad Hannah's eyes are.
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
I know, it's just so, so horrible and depressing. I can't believe the whole child pageant thing is legal.
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
I can't either. Have you ever seen a doc on it? It's the most horrifying thing. And the mothers are always saying, "Oh, she wants to do it! Do you think I force her? I have to pay thousands of dollars for this, do you think I force her?"

As if a tiny kid really has free will under a domineering mother. All they know is that one way makes their mum happy, and another makes her mean/psycho/sad. So no, I don't buy that for a second, thank you.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Me neither. Yes, of course your daughter really, really wants to spend all her time being caked in makeup and driving all over the country to parade up and down a catwalk. It's every child's dream. I mean, maybe there are kids who enjoy it, but I don't believe for a second that these children are the ones in charge here.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Yes, isn't it funny how all the little girls who "really want to do this" are the daughters of pushy over-made-up psycho mothers? Show me a granola dyke pageant mother and I might just buy that line.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
Show me a granola dyke pageant mother and I might just buy that line.

Hee! EXACTLY. ARGH it's so awful.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
I did see one parent-child relationship on a pageant documentary where the whole thing was clearly the 14-year-old daughter's idea. The mother was reluctant at first, but the daughter had cystic fibrosis, and the mother wouldn't deny her anything. There was a really touching scene in their hotel room when the duaghter was practicing walking onstage, and the mother said "How old are you?" and the daughter responded "I'm 24." This, after the mother had said to the cameras that she'd been told her daughter probably wouldn't live past 16. It was just heartbreaking.
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
Brooklyn too. It's so horrible.
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
eww- totally wrong
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
i did not need to see that!
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:44 am (UTC)
I warned you that it was fucked-up!
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Kiddie pageants are big big business here in the States. Parents end up shelling out more money to enter their precious angels in an endless round of pageants than they ever end up winning.

Check out HBO's Living Dolls or A&E's Baby Beauty Queens. Uch.

Jon Benet Ramsey was heavily involved in pageants, which was an added squick factor in the sad story surrounding her (still unsolved) murder.
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Yes, those pageants have got quite a bit of media attention on this side of the Atlantic over the last decade or so, usually attention "what the fuck is this?" variety. I saw the Baby Beauty Queens documentary - I think it was actually a co-production with a British station - and it was just....words fail me. But I think I first heard of those kiddie pageants through crappy talkshows like jenny Jones and Sally Jessy, which used to regularly do shows in which scary parents would defend their right to coat their kid in more make-up than the average drag queen and dress it like a Vegas showgirl. Revolting.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
I can't remember whether it was the HBO or the A&E doc which focused on Swan and her harridan of a mother. That poor little girl.

What really bothers me about these pageants is the sexualizing of these children. Make up -- eh, I was always trying to get into it -- applied with a trowel as you said more than a drag queen by one's mother gaaaaaaaah!
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
Sweet jesus. That's so, so horrible -- I've been sat here transfixed in revolted horror for a couple of minutes.

It's so, so sad.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
I hope they all grow up to be ball-busting feminist lawyers specializing in child abuse cases.

But they will probably just look old before their time and get lots of plastic surgery. :-(
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
Brooke looks damn near thirty. It's terrifying.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
Please tell me that the infant's eyebrows are not plucked.
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
I cannot see the scary madeup children, for some reason.

Perhaps, given what you've all been saying, my computer is just trying to protect my sanity.
Nov. 24th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
It's so terrible and American and I wish it wasn't true.
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
Christ almighty. Ashley Jo looks older than me, and time and chemistry labs have not been *that* kind to my skin.

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