Ok, so I am sure we've all seen the tiny dancers busting a move to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies" song in their prostitute gear, so I am not going to repost it here. Instead, I am just going to ask the question that has been on my mind since I saw "The Insider" and "The View" arguing about whether or not it is appropriate... WHAT THE HELL IS THERE TO ARGUE ABOUT??? In what world would that be appropriate... Hookerland? I don't think so.
Seriously, I sat there today and listened to Whoopi Goldberg defend the little girls (who are 7 and 8 years old) by saying that their outfits were appropriate in dance competition because it allowed the judges to see their body parts clearly... to watch how they articulate their muscles and whatnot. Uh yeah... except here is why that is a load of crap. If nearly nudie were the only way to judge dancers, you would have seen that entire competition on the gossip shows. But it was only one group that got the press. Why??? Because the others weren't doing anything interesting enough to warrant talk. That means... the other kids were dressed. In actual clothing. If the next group came out in thongs and pasties, they would have made news too.
I also heard Ms. Dethroned USA on "The Insider" and she was defending their dance moves. It's just dancing she said as she proudly giggled and stuck her breasts toward the camera. Really? Because I've managed to see people dance without shaking their booty, spreading their legs and jiggling their breasts that haven't yet formed. There is more to hip hop than undulating hips and when it is an 8 year old doing it, then give me a break. They don't know what sex is, but they certainly mastered the moves.
For the record, I don't blame the girls. They are just doing what they see on tv all the time. I blame their teacher/coach and their parents. Maybe as mommy and daddy we ought to stand up and say "Honey, while I think your dance skills are out of this world, I think your self respect ought to stay in this one." I question where we have put the line for young girls these days. It is ok to wear thigh highs and boob tops, but please, please don't flaunt the goodies in school because you are more than just your girlie parts. It is ok to simulate sex on stage to music, but please, please don't have sex with your guy friends when you are only 10 years old. When did the arts succumb to the completely tasteless? Maybe costumes shouldn't show everything at 8 years old and instead should showcase the girls, not the sex. Maybe choreography should pack a pow without the porn. And maybe, just maybe, our little girls should stay little girls.... at least til they hit their tweens!