Sorry all of your news today is “age inappropriate things are going on in China” but toddlers are now modeling in bikinis for auto shows in the 2012 Chutian Automobile Culture Festival.
Watching a toddler in a bikini stroke a car seductively is probably the most off-putting thing I can imagine, so I’m always fascinated in the mentality that means that anyone would think this was a good idea. Fortunately, Zhang Ping, general manager of the event’s organizers, 7-Wind Model Costume Co, has released a statement via China Daily saying:
The goal was purely to help the children “boost their courage” and no organization or individual made money from the show.
“If you type the key words ‘children’ and ‘bikini’ into an Internet search engine, you’ll find tens of thousands of results for child bikini contests,” she said on Sunday. “It’s natural for kids to wear bikinis and other things they like.”
She said only two 5-year-olds wore bikinis, both with the permission of their parents.
Huh. Interesting. The first thing I find comes up when I type “bikini children” into google (and I felt dirty just doing so) are a lot of articles calling Liz Hurley‘s bikini line for children “inappropriate.” So the sentiment seems to be that bikinis for toddlers are inappropriate to begin with, let alone bikini-clad toddlers prancing about at auto shows. The public sentiment does not seem to be “who doesn’t love a toddler bikini pageant?” as Zhang Ping seemed to think.
I take it their mentality was “confused.”
As for teaching children courage – well, there are a lot of things I think teach children courage. Like, I don’t know, teaching them to stand up to bullies. To speak up when they know something is wrong. Lots of things! Throwing children into an environment where women are typically extremely sexually objectified to begin with and then telling a five year old to stroke a car seductively while wearing a (parent approved) bikini just strikes me as… not something that “teaches courage” really.
Because it is clearly a terrible idea.
Picture via Offbeat China