A dance troupe in California sparks outrage
Competitive dance can be a great thing for kids, but are parents crossing a line by having children perform sexually enticing routines?
In California a group of 7 to 9 year old girls in the World of Dance Competition performed a rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. This routine sparked outrage among many due to the skimpy outfits and sexy moves. Is it just dance, or is it a big problem?
As soon as I heard about this topic, I went to the CBS news site and watched the video. In my opinion, it is far too sexy for girls of this age. I have to say that I’m impressed by their talent, but at the same time I agree with those who are up in arms over the routine. I see no reason why they couldn’t have dressed in less revealing attire, and replaced the sexually suggestive moves with something more appropriate.
This drama is just one in a long line of issues that has caused a public outcry. Beauty pageants, talent shows and dance competitions have been over-sexualizing children for ages. There is no reason for girls this age to be plastered in makeup, exposing their bodies, and gyrating to the great pleasure of every pedophile with an internet connection.
In this particular instance, parents of the girls claimed the video was never meant to be released to the internet, and that is the issue, not their children’s dance moves. However, pedophiles are everywhere, and they could just as well have attended this performance, or any other competition or pageant. While the internet and viral videos make it easier, if the temptation is there, perverts will seek it out.
It seems that in our current sexually-saturated society, parents are losing track of what is appropriate for their children. The parents of these California girls, like the parents of other child dancers and beauty queens, feel there is nothing wrong with what they are encouraging in their kids. It’s those outside of child-talent circle that see the sexual nature of what’s going on, and fear for the safety of these young girls.
Putting these children in makeup and skimpy outfits, allowing them to flaunt and gyrate like adults, is like posting a sign saying “Pedophiles Enter Here”. Granted, sexual predators will find a way no matter what, but why fuel their fire? Is the supposed self-esteem boost of the grown-up appearance and performance truly worth the potential risk of making their children more attractive to sexual deviants? Perhaps when one of their children becomes a victim they will see these performances through different eyes. Hopefully they will listen to the public and protect their children by rethinking the attire and routines their young ones perform in the public eye.