Game of Clowns– Oh, I mean CRowns

I have now officially caught up on my TV watching; I was sick for a day this week and ended up binge watching Bravo’s Mrs. Pageant series Game of Crowns. But, really, a more accurate title would have been Game of CLOWNS. It’s like they took the worst elements of so many reality shows (Toddlers […]

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Unleashing Momsters: It’s a Small World of Pageant Reality (originally published on Huffington Post Celebrity)

CLICK HERE TO READ ON THE HUFFINGTON POST CELEBRITY! When Season 6 of TLC’s controversial hit Toddlers & Tiaras premieres on June 5 many of its usual cast of crazy characters will be absent. Some of the tiny tots made famous by the reality show have since “retired,” including Paisley Dickey, Isabella Barrett and Eden […]

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Tiger Teachers: The New Stage Moms Aren’t the Moms (from Huffington Post Culture)

This originally appeared in The Huffington Post’s Culture Section. Write a bad mommy confessional and be rewarded with multiple weeks on bestseller lists, riches, and fame/infamy. (See: Chua, Amy [Tiger Mom]; Druckerman, Pamela [American mom, French parenting]; Weiss, Dara-Lynn [Diet Devil in Vogue]). And then there are the television shows. In the grand tradition of […]

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Toddlers & Testing (and some Tiaras, too)

Testing and Tiaras are back. Earlier this month TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras returned with new episodes in Season 5. And last week Toddlers & Tiaras “superstar” Eden Wood premiered her own show on Logo; Eden’s World follows Eden into her post-pageant retirement life (which still involves pageants– as she and her mom serve as child […]

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Glitz and Drama Down Under (on The Huffington Post Style)

The tension has been building for months — the online protests started in April, and then there were the rallies in May. Not to mention the Facebook threats and numerous complaints to public officials. Despite all the brouhaha, an “American-style” child beauty pageant sponsored by Texas-based Universal Royalty took place over the weekend in Melbourne, […]

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What if JonBenet did competitive dance?: Dance Moms and Toddlers & Tiaras

Wednesdays at 10 pm are really must-see-TV for me. Thanks to my DVR I can watch TLC’s tried and true Toddlers & Tiaras and Lifetime’s newcomer, Dance Moms. I’ve long said that in many ways competitive dance and child beauty pageants have a lot in common. Imagine if JonBenét had been a competitive dancer and […]

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Australians Against Child Beauty Pageants

Over the weekend I was contacted by the group Australians Against Child Beauty Pageants.  I have been reading about their protests of a child beauty pageant that will be held in Melbourne in July for a few weeks now. Basically a US pageant system, Universal Royalty (which I write a bit more about below), is […]

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This Week in Stage Mothers on Reality TV

Stage moms are taking over the airwaves– from Fox to TLC to E!. Should we be validating this type of (mis)behavior? 1. The American Idol Moms: If Toddlers & Tiaras was a reality show about 15-16-year-old (very talented) African-American singers I hope they make it far, as the moms are just so entertaining to watch. […]

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Git it, gurl!

If you have ever attended a child beauty pageant, or watched TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras (aka T&T), you will know this expression. Or, “Yes, MA’AM!” And you definitely will have heard my favorite grammatically incorrect phrase, “You did so goooood!” Last night’s installment of T&T, featuring Texas’ Groovy Girls pageants, did not disappoint linguistically, or […]

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