A recent episode of Toddlers And Tiaras is grossing people out for its even-worse-than-usual sexualization of young girls. You see, young Maddy’s mother thought it would be a good idea to dress her up as Dolly Parton, complete with fake boobs and butt, for the “talent” portion of the competition, and Maddy agreed, because she’s fucking four and doesn’t know any better. But wait, it’s okay because Maddy’s mom’s mom perpetrated the same terrible judgment on her when she was a kid! Let the cycle be un-broken.
And how did the judges react to this triumph of mothering? Did they shield their eyes in horror and report it to child protective services? Why, no. They just laughed and laughed, and said it was cute.
The only person who had the sense to question it was Maddy’s hairdresser, who told her she’d be just as cute without the fake boobs. To which Maddy responded: “no!” As ridiculous as the costume might be, it’s setting this kid up for all sorts of messed up crap come puberty, or even way earlier, and that is really no laughing matter. I have a feeling Dolly herself would agree.