"One for the Money" star and celebrity mum Katherine Heigl shares her thoughts on the often-outrageous reality show "Dance Mums".
Are you watching the Lifetime series "Dance Mums"? Katherine recently got a look at the show and was horrified at what she saw. She shared in her weekly iVillage column:
"I watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine. I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole! I was also horrified by the way their instructor spoke to them when she felt they weren't up to snuff. It was demeaning, belittling, and downright unkind. There is no reason to break anyone down in order to prepare them for inevitable disappointment or unkindness. There is no reason to diminish anyone's self-esteem in order to get them to try harder next time. Especially not a child's."
"It's one thing to walk into a club and see 20-somethings embracing their sexuality and having some fun, but it's another thing altogether watching 7-year-olds shake their booties, bellies and nonexistent boobies on a stage in a room full of adults and be handed a trophy for it. What in the world are we telling them? That sexy is the prize and is the talent they have?"
"The young girls on Dance Mums are wonderfully talented, spirited ladies who should be encouraged to perform since they seem to truly have a knack for it. I just wish they were being inspired, instructed and supported for their gifts as I was when I found my creative path."
Amen, Katherine. A-MEN.
I enjoy a good off-the-wall reality show now and again, but not these. I just can't deal with the cruelty to kids in any way, shape, or form. Just one more reason to believe that Katherine and I are destined to be BFF's.
While we're on the subject of Katherine, did you go see 'One for the Money' this weekend? Did you love it? Are you a fan of the book series?
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