Topic: Toddlers and Tiaras

6-Year-Old ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Alum Launches Lucrative Jewelry Line Along With Money Grubbing Mom

6-Year-Old 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Alum Launches Lucrative Jewelry Line Along With Money Grubbing Mom

Isabella Barrett, a Toddlers & Tiaras star whose mother famously turned around and accused other outlets of sexualizing her kid, is millionaire. The 6-year-old who once sang “I’m Sexy and I Know It” in a nightclub has launched her own kids’ jewelry and makeup line,  Glitzy Girl. And are she and mommy Susanna Barrett bringing home bank.

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Toddlers and Tiaras: 3-Year Old Selena’s Mom Won’t Let Her Go Outside For Fear She’ll Get Tan

Toddlers and Tiaras: 3-Year Old Selenaâs Mom Wonât Let Her Go Outside For Fear Sheâll Get Tan

What has TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras not been accused of yet? Not a whole lot, and the list is about to get even shorter, with the mom of 3-year old Selena. I’m not sure if this is racism, reverse-racism, or just pure, unadulterated bad parenting, but this woman won’t let her daughter go outside. Like, at all. She says her daughter has a “natural, golden skin tone”, and she doesn’t want her to be exposed to the sun, for fear that she’ll get more tan. More »

Why Are We Shocked? 4-Year-Old On ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Smokes Fake Cigarette

Why Are We Shocked? 4-Year-Old On 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Smokes Fake Cigarette

It’s all in the name of acting. Chekhov would surely be impressed with little Destiny and her mother’s commitment to her character. Destiny was, of course, competing at the epitome of responsible parenting, Toddlers & Tiaras. She was portraying everyone’s favorite “Good Girl Gone Bad,” Sandy from Grease. But to complete the character, she just had to have a fake cigarette. Her mother could not compromise the performance just because her daughter is four years old and doesn’t need to be huffing on anything, real or fake. More »

Video: Toddlers And Tiaras Moves Into Ever More Effed Up Territory With This Slapping Scene

Video: Toddlers And Tiaras Moves Into Ever More Effed Up Territory With This Slapping Scene

The most interesting thing on Toddlers and Tiaras has always been the way the pageant moms project their own failed dreams onto children who are barely old enough to walk. The most messed up thing is what this can do to kids who aren’t well-suited (and/or ready) for the pageant lifestyle. Both of those things come together in this preview video from the upcoming season, which hints that it will be the darkest one yet. More »

Honey Boo Boo Newborn Feeding Tip: Code Red Mountain Dew Is Not For Babies

Honey Boo Boo Newborn Feeding Tip: Code Red Mountain Dew Is Not For Babies

I hate it when my Honey Boo Boo people do something totally stupid, because it makes me regret defending accusations of Honey Boo Boo dressing like a slutty cupcake. The something stupid this time is Alana’s sister Pumpkin dipping Chikadee’s newborn daughter’s pacifier into a can of Mountain Dew Code Red and then shoving the pacifier in baby Kaitlyn’s mouth. More »

Cheer Perfection: Reality Show On Competitive Cheerleading Exploits Kids In Whole New Way

Cheer Perfection: Reality Show On Competitive Cheerleading Exploits Kids In Whole New Way

It’s a good thing I’ll be at yoga this evening; otherwise, I may have inadvertently tuned into Cheer Perfection, a reality show about the world of competitive cheerleading that launches tonight on TLC. What’s the big deal, you may wonder? We’re talking about kiddie cheerleading, my friends. And it’s from the producers of Toddlers & Tiaras, meaning the trash factor will be skyscraper high. More »

Sorry Pageant Mom, But There’s No Excuse For Giving Your 3-Year-Old A Spray Tan

Sorry Pageant Mom, But There's No Excuse For Giving Your 3-Year-Old A Spray Tan

With shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms infiltrating our TV screens, it really does take a lot to shock us these days. We’ve even become accustomed to moms like Sarah Burge, the “Human Barbie” who was booted off Anderson Cooper recently for being “dreadful” (just to refresh your memory, Burge hosts Botox-themed kiddie parties, and has proudly gifted her 7-year-old with breast-implant and liposuction vouchers). Still, there’s something about 3-year-old beauty pageant Savanna Jackson that makes me want to throw a right hook directly at her mother’s head. More »

Make-Up On My 4-Year-Old Doesn’t ‘Invite’ Pedophiles

Make-Up On My 4-Year-Old Doesn't 'Invite' Pedophiles

I can admit that I was prepared for a little internet blowback from appearing on Good Morning America to talk about allowing my daughter to wear make-up. I understood that agreeing to the interview meant opening myself up to other people’s opinions and observations. But I did not expect commenters saying, ”This is one reason why pedophiles exist.”

No. That’s wrong. Pedophiles exist because disturbed people sexually abuse children. Pedophiles exist because they have a mental disease, pedophilia. And suggesting otherwise is victim-blaming. More »

Dear Reality TV Moms, Stop Pretending Your Fame-Whoring Is For Your Kid

Dear Reality TV Moms, Stop Pretending Your Fame-Whoring Is For Your Kid

Last week, I received an interesting email from a casting agent for a reality television program. At first, I thought that I must have opened some new form of spam mail by accident. I looked for the tell-tale random link or sales pitch. But all I found was a request to speak about some of the pieces I’ve written in the past.

At first, I was curious about the show and the premise. Then I realized that there wasn’t a single mother on reality TV that I wanted to be like. In face, I find all of them universally troubling. More »