Friday October 23, 2020

Off Message

Singling out child pageants for censure is pointless in the face of the relentless barrage of over-sexualised crassness already peddled to children in shops and the media, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

5th October, 2013
It is ghoulishly compelling to see four-year-olds screwing up their eyes as they are drenched in a shower of orangey body make-up

There is a scene in an episode of the US reality TV show Dance Moms - the sort of show which features pre-pubescent girls in heavy makeup and Can Can-type dance costumes - in which one of the parents objects to a routine that has a birth theme.

The children, aged seven to 12, are writhing around on the stage in flesh coloured spangled costumes, pretending to be newborns.

Oh my God, she cries out. Do...

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