Update: These girls are eight and nine, see additional information in the update below.
Last year I saw a pretty good “Single Ladies” reenactment by a four year old at home. You’ve probably already seen this video as it received over three million views on YouTube. The little girl, Ariana, was wearing a pink leotard and mimicking the dancing from the video. The moves were adult and included the girl smacking her butt, but it was all rather innocent and cute. (There are plenty of other popular Single Ladies reenactments, and the Huffington Post has a few here.)
A new video (above and available through this link) has surfaced of a troupe of seven year old girls all tarted up and dancing to Single Ladies. It’s shocking both for how well and professionally the girls dance and for the fact that there was even one adult who thought this was a good idea. The outfits are way too provocative and look like lingerie. The dance is too sexy for even younger teens, not to mention seven year old girls. There are five girls there and they had a dance instructor, so there were at least five to six adults who saw this performance (the instructor could have been the mother/father of one or more of the girls) and approved it! What the hell were they thinking? As this clip goes viral I’m sure other people will be asking that question and we’ll learn more about the origins of the clip. For now, all we have is this video and the news that these girls are just seven. What kind of excuse is there for this? It’s not like their instructor needed to have them dance like strippers in order to show off their moves. They will certainly get worldwide attention for it, though.
Update: These girls are eight and nine and their parents say the video was only meant for a dance competition and was taken out of context. One father called this “completely normal for dancing” on Good Morning America. Here’s a link to a video of two parents defending their daughter. The mother says “the costumes are designed for movement.” Give me a break!
[via Huffington Post.]