What's happened to TLC? I just saw their new documentary called Toddlers and Tiaras. Now, I thought TLC was the Learning Channel, but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be learning from watching moms put spray tanner and false eyelashes on their toddlers so they can prance around onstage for a beauty pageant. I like to think that I'm pretty open-minded, but this show just makes me cringe.
While I would think it would be the place of grown-ups to speak out about the show and what it represents, instead it's a couple of teens in Canada. They've started a Facebook group calling to ban the show that now has nearly 3,000 members. In the St. Catharines Standard report, one of the teens stated, "It was the faces they were making, how little clothes they were wearing, fake teeth, hair, tans, eyelashes. It was disturbing."
I agree. It's disturbing. I used to watch cooking shows and educational stuff on that channel. I feel like that whole network has gone downhill in the past few years. I know they've got to turn a profit and viewership for Toddlers and Tiaras is probably a lot higher than for Untamed Earth or Great Chefs. And it's not that I think all television has to have some educational merit because I'll admit, I do enjoy some reality programs (Big Brother -- trainwreck that it is -- could not start soon enough for me). This show, however, just feels like it crosses a line and makes me very uncomfortable. Has anyone else watched it? Thoughts? Care to leave a review of the show, good or bad?