Parents of child dancers claim Single Ladies video has been taken out of context

Earlier last week, a video came out of what were allegedly seven year old girls bumping and grinding in tiny costumes to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. It took place at a dance competition and while the moves were impressive, the fact that little girls were wearing lingerie-type outfits and gyrating their hips was disturbing. A lot of people wondered what the hell their parents were thinking and how they could allow this.

It turns out that the girls were eight and nine, slightly older than we heard, and that at least two of their parents think it’s our fault for watching the video in the first place, and that the outfits and dance moves are fine. Two parents were interviewed on Good Morning America and they said that they never meant for the video to go viral and that it was never supposed to be viewed by large audiences. The girls were doing what they needed to do to win the competition, and the costumes were designed for “maximum movement,” one mother explained:

Decked out in red midriff-baring tops and hot pants, dancers at a recent competition earned whoops and praise for their skilled moves and obvious talent.

Parents say video was taken out of context and wasn’t intended to go viral.

But what was an exhilarating performance has turned into an Internet firestorm — the dancers gyrating on a Los Angeles stage to Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” were as young as 8.

The girls’ parents defended their daughters’ performance at the World of Dance, billed as the largest U.S. urban dance competition, saying their daughters’ moves and outfits were appropriate for competition.

“This is taken completely out of context,” Cory Miller, father of one of the girls, told “Good Morning America” today. “The girls weren’t meant to be viewed by millions of people.”

Miller said they have tried to slow the spread of the video, but viewers need to understand that the girls’ performance was “completely normal for dancing.”

“On behalf of the parents, our best interest is for the kids,” he said. “Just know that the kids are doing something that they completely love to do. They compete in dance competitions … in front of family and friends.”

Melissa Presch, a mother of one of the 8-year-old dancers, said, “We’re very proud of our daughters and their accomplishments…”

Presch said her daughter has never seen Beyonce’s video, only the cartoon performance in the recently released children’s movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

“It’s one of the most popular songs probably of the decade, said Presch . “The costumes are designed for movement, unrestricted movement and to show body lines.”

Presch also defended the girl’s costumes, saying that judges need to be able to see the girl’s movement and technical skills.


These parents have no clue that there’s anything wrong with the way their daughters were dancing. They weren’t even defensive about it and were just kind of matter of fact, like “you just don’t understand.” Maybe the international attention this video has received will be a wakeup call to them, and to a lot of other parents who are putting their children in sexualized costumes and situations. As many of you pointed out, this is all too common in child competitions like dancing and pageants. It’s not that outsiders don’t understand, it’s that insiders have created a situation that is unacceptable and exploitive. They need some oversight that has obviously been sorely lacking.

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  1. London Lady says:

    Wow. These kids are pretty amazing little dancers. I think the costumes were definitely a mistake, but better they are wearing shorts than leotards

  2. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    The fabric choice is too mature. I don’t think it’s the “revealing” nature so much as that it’s structured to resemble lingerie. Yes, they might show that much in a bathing suit, and more leg in a leotard, but the red satin/black lace/ bra-styling/ knee high socks sexualizes the costumes in a way that a pink leotard and pink tights would never do. Even though as much form might be shown-a pink leotard and tights is perfectly normal for little girls. Red satin 2 piece lingerie with black lace is simply not. And no matter how young girls are being sexualized these days, 8 and 9 year old girls are STILL LITTLE GIRLS.

  3. yae says:

    This video is going to end up on every pedophiles computer on the planet.

    The parents are idiots.

  4. Larissa says:

    the costumes are just plain hiddeous, and the routine, well it could have been toned down (less hip and ass shaking)and still show a lot of their skill, they obviously trained very hard and are quite good at it, but that was just too much even for a dance competition.

  5. kristen says:

    Wow, dad, your’e a douche. Just cause no one was meant to see this video doesn’t mean its not SICK.

  6. kristen says:

    @yae i totally agree. protect your kids, people!

  7. carrie says:

    the outfits are awful and inappropriated!

    @yae: same first idea! all pedophiles in the wotld thank them

  8. lway says:

    This is one of those “different strokes for different folks” scenarios.

    I would NEVER put my 3 year old little girl (or 8 year old) up for “display” like that – but it’s only because of the amount of sick, psycho, freaks out there who look at our daughters through pedophile eyes.

    However, when I was young, this would have been the “cutest” thing ever. Back then (28 years ago) kids were treated as kids and allowed to be innocent.

    Anyhoo – my opinion : I do not agree with the way these girls are dressed.

  9. Marjalane says:

    Yeah Dad, no one was meant to see Erin Andrews dancing naked in her hotel room either, but that pervert went to jail for it. Do the math, Pal.

  10. Sally says:

    I’m with PrettyTarhee – leotards & tights show just as much form as these ‘dance costumes’ show.

    Also, the girls’ poses in the frame on the Celebitchy mainpage belong in a hiphop music video..

  11. ViktoryGin says:


    Parenting Fail. The parents justify their their permissiveness by claiming that everyone else has taken this “out of context”. What context? Your girls are dressed like harlots at the Bunny Ranch. In no “context” is that ok. If this is ok in “dance competition context”, all of those “adults” need an ass-kicking. Whether it’s two million are two hundred, it was completely inappropriate. So, the costumes are meant to maximize flexibility? So is that say that leotards are “restrictive”? It’s been working for professional dancers for well over a century now. And if you look at urban hip-hop dancers, they are often in jeans and tennis shoes, and do just fine. Argument fail, Mommie Dearest. Moreover, dumb lady….it’s not the ruffles and rhinestones that make the costuming inappropriate. They are wearing tube tops and skivvies and pussy popping.

    Oh and pissed off at the anonymous commenter on the expose who said “If you think so then you are imposing your adult views on the girls. Ummm….THAT’S WHAT ADULTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, braintrust, as children lack the psychological maturity to discriminate these things for themselves. God, I am so glad I had parents who had some damn sense.

  12. Jazz says:

    Do these dumbass parents not realize that pedophiles are jerking off to this right at this very moment. Smart move douches.

  13. Jenny says:

    I’m a dance teacher for kids in that agegroup (7-10) and I’d never make a choreography that “grown up” for my students. And I’m sure my student parents would hunt me down and beat my sorry ass if I ever tried.
    These girls are really talented dancers and great performers, and I think the outfits are the biggest problem. Them being overly sexual makes every move suggestiv and down right dirty. With other clothes the dance wouldn’t be half as “bad”. But personally I would probably have toned down the ass shaking a little…

  14. buzzaroo says:

    So the girls were dancing at this ‘World of Dance’ billed as the largest U.S. urban dance competition and one of the dads says they do it in for enjoyment in front of family and friends? Please.

  15. frenchie says:

    The energy and technic are great, but the hip shaking, the costumes and on top of that the face expression are not right.
    Look at the face they make and don’t tell me they’ve never watched the original clip, wether on MTV or not)… ’cause chipmucks can’t do that.
    (why am i always in moderation, is there a sort of liberty fries action going on ?)

  16. Jeane says:

    PrettyTarhee, I totally agree.

    The dancemoves alone are controversial enough, but it’s the costumes that really make the whole thing so inappropriate. The fabric, the colors, the stockings… ehg.

    If they had been dressed in pink leotards to look more girly and childlike, it would have desexualized the dance considerably and probably would not have caused such outrage. I mean, even Beyonce was more covered up in her video.

  17. 1 qt of 1 % says:

    Several years ago I was the Director at a Luxury Resort and Conference Center in a town that was holding a dance contest. We hosted several troupes (age range 7-12), renting them condominiums and providing a large conference room for them to practice dance. We experienced:
    In-fighting among the different troupes
    Parents/children being disrespectful of staff & other guests
    Parent/children demanding services not provided
    Condos being trashed
    Trash all over the property
    Foul language from both the parents/children
    Public restrooms trashed
    Tantrums anywhere & everywhere over absolutely nothing
    It was so miserable for other guests & staff plus cost prohibitive we checked with lodging establishments who housed other troupes to see what their experiences were to determine if we would except business from dance troupes in the future. We found this was not an anomaly but the norm. Those of us who had housed these Diva’s chose not to do so in the future. Two years ago the troupes were booking through travel agencies and were forced to stay at mid to lower priced hotels that did not have the services they felt entitled to, not even a room in which to practice because no one else would house them at any price!
    So to say these parents had no idea this would go viral – I don’t believe it. I saw the lengths they would go to in order for their children to be noticed. Pimps would have been a closer term. Not they would force their children to have sex but be sexy:YES. Smile provacitively, bat your eyes, single out the judges, the walk, the talk, it was unbelievable. The amount of money spent on the costumes and the travel was over the top and many familes you knew couldn’t afford it. They were betting the farm on their kids become famous.
    These parents are savvy and not naive to the ways of the world. They are not shocked. They are proud the world is seeing their children. Like many, they see any attention as good attention. Any press as good press. Look at Madonna, Brittany, Lindsay or even better look at the mistresses of Tiger and Jesse. They are famous.
    Oh – and one of the dance studios closed their doors ofter the trip to our town. They said life was too short to deal with the parents of the brats.

  18. isabelle says:

    So that the judges can see the movements!!! Wow that is some sad amount of serious denial right there. It’s really unfortunate that this has become “totally fine” to some … And I bet you those same people are shocked at kids having sex in middle school. Wake up!

  19. xxodettexx says:

    marjalane makes an excellent point! actually you ALL make excellent points!! i share your collective disgust… just because the parents say the intention was innocent, doesnt mean some pedo isnt going to be having the time of his life to this video…

  20. virginia says:

    I am pregnant with a girl and I am scared, sickened and saddened that other parents think this shit is ok. What kind of world am I bringing my child into? I mean, I knew it would be hard but apparently now dance is off-limits if even there my child will be sexualized.

    I also do not get that father’s attitude. My husband would be FURIOUS if our daughter was tarted up like that and someone might actually get hurt because of it. What kind of father doesn’t protect their child? What is wrong with these people? I certainly would not want my child to be friends with that guy’s kid, if that’s the type of shit that he finds acceptable for LITTLE GIRLS! Disgusting.

  21. Wif says:

    You’ll all get ready to crucify me I’m sure, but I don’t think it’s that big a deal.

  22. Jenny says:

    @ 1 qt of 1 % – I’ve been dancing for 20 years (and currently work both as a dancer and dance teacher) and I believe every word you say, I have seen it myself so many times. Both the diva bitchery and the famewhore parents. And the worst thing is, what should act as warning exemples (Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus etc) only serve as encouragement for these parents. The phenomen is getting worse every year.
    To round this of nicely, I hate people.

  23. NayNay says:

    If they weren’t wearing poom-poom shorts, I might have believed it. In this day and age, with all the sicko perverts in the world, why on earth would anyone let their child do this? Those parents should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their children to participate in this contest.

  24. keen says:

    Wif- I have a feeling you’re just wanting to be “crucified” as you say or you’re just trying to stir things up. If you really thought it wasn’t a big deal, you’d have an argument to back yourself up. Yes?

  25. Leek says:

    I predict five sex tapes in 2022. I’m sure their parents will defend them as well.

  26. Lady Nightshade says:

    There is NO way you can tell me those costumes weren’t made to look like bra, panties, and thigh highs.

  27. tess says:

    inappropriate on so many levels.

    buzzaroo makes a great point…so many posters here do!

  28. 1 qt of 1 % says:

    We all felt so bad for the dance instructors. They were trying so hard to intervene, to keep peace, to apologize (not their fault), to guide and to teach. It was as if the parents and children turned into monsters and they forgot without the instructor their children wouldn’t have even been there.
    Like I said I got a call from one who shut down their studio entirely. So sad. My daughter did and now grandgirl is taking dance. Not to be famous but to learn grace, dedication, perseverance, unity, co-operation, and how to have fun. And without exception every instructor has been everything we could ask for and more. But I wouldn’t have their job as there is not enough money in the world. They go through hell. Many children and parents have the attitude: we are paying you and it is all about me and I am the best and the prettiest. . . . . . . . It is so pathetic.

  29. omondieu says:

    In this day and age, how could these parents NOT suspect that this video would be put on YouTube? And on World Of Dance’s own channel, no less! I want to punch these people in the throats. They don’t realize how easy it is for psychos to get a hold of their children. “…Taken out of context”…I love how that phrase is constantly being used nowadays in an attempt to defend people’s ignorance and stupidity. Whether in context or not, that does not change the fact that these are still LITTLE GIRLS, even if they’re 8-9, and that their bodies are being exploited.

    The Chipettes were not wearing lingerie in the film that allegedly “inspired” the routine, and they weren’t thrusting and gyrating to the extent that the girls were. Also…they’re CGI RODENTS, not actual people. I’m no expert, but I feel pretty confident in saying that there are far more pedophiles out there than there are people who like to get funky with chipmunks.

    How would wearing say, a one-piece bodysuit like Beyonce’s have hindered the girls’ movements? I didn’t know that black tulle and fishnets were so aerodynamic…I guess those Olympic speed skaters have a lot to learn.

  30. thebutlerdidit says:

    Have you seen the other clips of them on Youtube? They actually may be worse, but it’s definately more of the same, same moves, more sleazy costumes. Definately not “out of context.”

  31. rkintn says:

    Sad and pathetic. Truthfully, I didn’t think the girls were all that talented. I saw quite a few missteps and they seemed to be trying desperately hard to keep up with the music.

    I would NEVER allow my daughter to dress like that and dance like that. More importantly, my daughter would NEVER WANT to dress or dance like that in public.

    The blame lies squarely on the heads of the parents. I believe they wanted the video to go viral, but I think they were unprepared for the shitstorm it created. They are so caught up in their world that they have lost touch with reality and the children are paying (and will continue) to pay the price.

    My heart breaks for the children.

  32. Team Bethenny says:

    ViktoryGin, +1000

  33. doublestandard says:

    Well said, CB.

  34. Feebee says:

    The defense the parents are using is laughable. Out of context…. it’s a dance competition… no-one was supposed to see it… yeah whatever.

    They are amazing dancers but their skill has been overshadowed by the idiot who picked the costumes and the few age inappropriate dance moves. Yep, the parents are idiots but haven’t heard one thing about the dancer instructor from the media.

    At my daughters’ dance recitals, it is the teacher who chooses the costuming to match the music and choreography. Why hasn’t someone asked her what the hell she was thinking (as Jenny also pointed out). I’m not saying it’s not the parents responsibility to say their daughter’s not doing THAT but the dance instructor should answer a few questions.

  35. GatsbyGal says:

    Y’know, being naked also allows for maximum movement, why didn’t the parents just do that? I mean hell, they practically did that already. I’m not buying one word these bitches are saying. You’re right CB, it’s not that outsiders “don’t get it”, it’s that THEY have created something disgusting and they’re too close to see it for what it truly is: exploitation of children.

  36. Miss Thang says:

    These parents are disgusting. These outfits look just like something you would see the Pussycat Dolls in! ( )
    I like the point that Beyonce even wore more than that in her video.

  37. bellaluna says:

    Lohan parents of the world, unite! Push those kids out there for all to see and then deny, deny, deny. Their “children”; they’re “fine”; you’re all “misunderstood” and everyone is “just being mean” or they are all “just jealous”! *side-eye*

    There really should be a support group for these people.

  38. escapee says:

    I think the problem is people have been too p.c. with these parents. They are being told it is sexualizing children, it is is inappropriate attire etc.

    What someone needs to do is show these parents clips of stripper routines and “dance squating” over pop bottles etc. Then maybe they can see the origins of their daughters’ dance moves. Maybe when they actually see a man laying on the ground and a woman dancing over him they will get what the moves actually mean. Maybe the light bulb will friggin’ come on about how many of the moves are identical to sexual positions and explicit moves. Gee dumbies, why would a girl sread her legs and gyrate down to the the ground?!! why is it impressive to shake one’s upper chest?!

    There are many more routines and outfits that would have equally represented the skills of these girls.

  39. mO says:

    Was this video taken out of context? Really? So what is the context of what appears in 1:44 to 1:46 in the video, when little 7 years old girls swing down the floor with open legs.

    I can’t talk anymore about this.

  40. I have to say that my daughter (7) has danced for the past four years. The first school she went to she wore very cute angelic outfits because she was 3, all the older girls looked like tiny whores working the stage. It was so frightfull that we changed dance schools. At her new school, with the exception of the oldest girls (15-17) having somewhat revealing clothes during competition, all the outfits cover the girls like mini dresses. Often a sheer mini dress over a leotard of the same color. And for their urban dance outfits our school goes with a baggy shorts and tank top theme. NOTHING made me happier than when the dance teacher said, “If you send them made up like drag queens or whores we will re-do their make up.” The class before the recital!

  41. Atticus says:

    These parents and that instructor should be required to meet and spend time with a pedophile who has seen this video and hear from him exactly what sickos think when they see sh!t like this on the Internet. Pedophiles were the first ones I thought of when I saw this and how terrified I’d be if that were my daughter on that stage.

  42. Wif says:

    No keen, I’m not really looking to be crucified. I didn’t offer my arguments because I’m exhausted after attending the funeral of an 18 yr old suicide victim, and I’m just too tired and sad for conflict. But if you want to know, the reasons I don’t see it as a big deal are this:

    1. The outfits cover as much skin as my daughter’s bathing suit, which I allow her to run around outside in all the time. I don’t think that showing bare belly on a child’s body is a sexual thing. Many of you have raised good points about the lingerie simulation thing (which I can concede to), but the outfits themselves aren’t that revealing.

    2. As a parent, I would never, ever, ever expect a video of my child to go viral. But then, I’m not very tech savvy.

    3. I didn’t find the moves particularly sexual. Everything was very fast and very athletic. I think to find it sexy you’d really have to be looking for it.

    4. It’s a dance competition, and they are going to pull out all of the stops to get the attention and win. With urban dance having highly sexualized images, it’s small wonder that they’re using similar moves.

    All that said, I would have serious issues if my daughter were expected to perform that choreography, and I’m very, very concerned about how serious that one little girl looks with her “skank face” on. It seems to me like they’re taking something that should be joyous (dance) and making it way to competitive and serious. I have a degree in dance, and I’ve seen way too many young women with that attitude; you burn out by 23 and then get lost and angry.

    My 2 cents.

  43. Miranda Ann says:

    I was able to watch this video for about 30 seconds. It literally made me sick!! Then hearing what the parents said on national television made me even sicker. I just don’t understand how they can think this is okay.

    My niece is in cheerleading and when her leader decided the girls (ages 8-10 at the time) needed to wear more revealing outfits so they could win competitions, most of the mothers disagreed and pulled their girls out and formed another group. I was so proud!! I don’t agree that little girls need to look like hookers to win and, anyway, winning isn’t everything. What about just having fun and teaching young girls about self-respect?

  44. Alarmjaguar says:

    It is like the final dance scene in _Little Miss Sunshine_, but without the biting social commentary on precisely this kind of ridiculous parental behavior.

  45. Jenny says:

    1 qt of 1 %,
    I love my job, and “my” girls are all adorable, but I know I’m lucky to work at a studio where everybody, from the owner down to part-time instructors agree on what is age appropriate, both in routines, costumes and the level of competitivenes.

    sorry you had to go through such a horrible thing, hugs to you, and hope things feel better soon.
    And to answer your post, what bugs me is the COMBINATION of the size, material and design of the outfits and the routine. I don’t think neutral/fun /cute shorts and a “sport-bra” top would have caused the same reactions, but these outfits are so clearly designed to look like sexy lingerie. The sexy costumes in combination with sexyish (and a few outright dirty) moves just feels inappropriate.
    Take ballet dresses for exemple. They’re really short, with tight tops, but the design and the movements of the dance neutralices any potential sexyness.
    Or your daughters swimsuit. A little kid running around in a swimsuit isn’t sexual at all, but a little kid shaking her ass and grinding suggestively in a swimsuit is just wrong…
    Do you understand what I’m trying to say? Because I have a feeling I might have dropped the ball halfway :/

  46. fizXgirl314 says:

    A few years ago, a friend of ours who was looking for little talents approached my brother because she has a really cute little girl… my brother basically told her to fuck off because he actually cares about the welfare of his children and doesn’t think of them as cash cows…

    this is disgusting. what is the world coming to?

  47. original kate says:

    sorry, parents! 8 year olds dressed as extras from a “lady marmalade” video is never a good idea.

  48. Bee says:

    In exactly what context is it ok for an 8 year to be “slappin dat ass” and “droppin it like it’s hot?” I’m sure there are plenty of 40 year old men currently headed to Thailand, for some “relaxation” who think this is completely appropriate. Not to mention the guys who enjoy lurking around playgrounds, and watching re-runs of Toddlers and Tiaras. These parents are nutso.

  49. Novaraen says:

    They went too far with everything…costume, music choice and choreography.

    The girls are good dancers but could be showcased in a way more suitable to their age group.

    The whole “single ladies” song says “if you like it…” meaning if you like what you see…as these little girls bend over and shake their asses wearing next to nothing. NOT RIGHT!!

    Those parents are idiots.

  50. Wif says:

    Yep, Jenny, I get what you’re saying. Thanks for your well wishes, by the way.

    The thing about dance (as you know) is that it’s fleeting and once you see the image it’s gone. As such, after I saw the video the first time I honestly didn’t remember the crotch grinding; the images that stuck were the extensions and the torso pumps and the skank face on that one little blond girl. Upon viewing it again, I see more of what people are so offended by. BUT, had I been at the competition and seen it, I wouldn’t have thought it so risque, simply because of what I would have remembered after the single viewing.

  51. Clairebell says:

    Here’s what I think: girls are talented. OBVIOUSLY. Parents have some deep-seated “daddy didn’t love me enough” attention-whoring by proxy issues.

    I feel for these girls, I really do.

  52. marie says:

    Stupid parents
    My niece is 4 years old and every time she says she likes a boy from her school my brother gets damn serious, I also remember I bought her a two pieces swimsuit and he was a little bitchy about it. He doesnt even like when a man, from the family or not, sits her on their lap. I know it sounds a little bit to much, but these days you cant just trust in anyone.
    So yeah, this parents excuses are BS.

  53. juliana says:

    The costumes are definitely inappropriate to me.
    Girls of that age should not be showing off their midriffs. Some sort of covering would have been much more appropriate.

    Just another case of parents(moms especially) who live through their children.

  54. Jenny says:

    the problem, as I see it, is that with todays technology where a video is spread around the internet, and thereby the world, in just a few hours you can be pretty sure that this clip will be viewed by people with completely different interests than dancing…which I know would bother me as a parent.
    It’s a shitty reality, I know, but I still think adults, mainly parents but in this case also the choreographers, has a responsibility to not encourage oversexualisation of young children.

  55. girl says:

    I agree with pretty much everyone so far.

    They didn’t think it would go viral? Performing on a large stage where anyone could have a video camera? Give me a break.

    And the costumes were designed to maximise movement? Bull.Shit. I bet you donuts to dollars those girls had to wear double sided take to keep those tops from sliding up on them. Does that sound like it is very conducive to movement?

    This is disgusting. I have not seen the other performances but I have yet to hear a logical “context” for this.

  56. ghostbuster says:

    so i admit the outfits were raunchy, but i didnt think the dancing was horrible. it just looked like a bunch of kids having epileptic seizures and i couldnt stop laughing. im not saying seizures are funny, but these girls attempt at being sexy or cool was a giant fail in my eyes. of course i dont think kids should try being sexy in the first place. i really cant stop laughing at the their dance 🙂

  57. ghostbuster says:

    @marie, yeah my husband feels the same way about our daughter and im glad cause im the same way.

  58. brenda says:

    I don’t understand what the number of people watching has to do with anything. So it’s ok for the kids to dress and dance like that as long as there aren’t too many people watching? If these parents are trying to raise future pole dancers, then they are doing a great job.

  59. Kitten says:

    Ugh, I agree with all the comments but at the same time, pedophilia will exist whether these girls are dancing or not. It’s not going to go away…I can’t help but feel bad for the girls. I hope my daughter is a tom boy like I was!

  60. bellaluna says:

    Instead of the parents explaining they didn’t think the “video would go viral,” why not say they “just didn’t think, period”? As far as I can tell, that’s about the only reason for how these little girls are dancing in those outfits to that song.

  61. eternalcanadian says:

    Those are whacked out parents if they cannot see how inappropriate those clothes and some of the dance moves were for 7 year old girls. Would they be saying the same thing if their 7-year old sons were dressed and dancing like Chippendale dancers?

  62. Ron says:

    This isn’t just the parents fault. It’s society. We have double standards for everything. In the Chipmunks movie–the girl chipmunks did the single ladie dance in an obvious childrens movie. Where was the outrage then? It’s was being MARKETED to children. I was in the mall recently and heard a probably 5 or 6 year old girl singing “like a virgin” which I am sure she heard on Glee. I thought it was funny and even funnier was that her mother was completely oblivious to it. So obviously she has been singing in for the past few weeks since the Madonna show. But if that was posted online she would be the worst parent of all time. So when these parents take their bait and cues from what is in pop culture they get demonized. Should they have known better? Yes. But let’s face it the vast majority of the population is not known for their overwhelming intelligence.

  63. Cletus says:

    I think I understand just fine, though. Those parents think it’s totally appropriate to sexualize their children. I think they are wrong, but I don’t get a vote. I just know that MY 7 year old would wear that shit over a PILE of dead bodies, not the least of whom would be me, her father, her stepmother, her stepfather, both sets of grandparents, both sets of godparents, and assorted aunts and uncles.

    Even if I lost my mind entirely and decided this would be okay for my Caro, there are about 20 people who would check me QUICK. Don’t THESE parents have any family/friends? I mean, DAMN. Pelvic thrusts? Bent-over ass shaking? REALLY?

    Come ON.

  64. original kate says:

    “It’s a dance competition, and they are going to pull out all of the stops to get the attention and win.”

    even if it means making 8 year old girls look like tiny hookers? i guess for some parents winning is more important- yay winning!

  65. whatevs says:

    I call BS on their “Sqeakquel” claims. The chipettes weren’t shaking their tails something fierce and weren’t tarted up like strippers. The parents are idiots, but I’d really like to hear what the dance instructor has to say. Who teaches an 8 year old pelvic thrusts and booty shaking? So gross on so many levels.

  66. Dingles says:

    If you’re having your child perform in ways that you don’t want getting out to the public, chances are you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

  67. Ruffian9 says:

    “The costumes are designed for movement, unrestricted movement and to show body lines.”

    …show body lines? That just strikes me, as the subjects are 8-9 yrs old, as so very very wrong.

  68. Ruffian9 says:

    ViktoryGin: YES

  69. Aspen says:

    No, Wif, I don’t want to crucify you. I just fervently hope you never parent a child.

    I honestly think CPS should investigate homes like this. How is this legal? If a parent were to dress their child up like this and film them dancing this way at home…or try to develop photographs of a child dancing like this…someone would call the cops.

    This is sexual exploitation of very young children, and their parents should be cited, imo.

  70. Aspen says:

    …and as to the “well kids wear less than that to the beach” argument:

    MY 6 year old doesn’t, and I find it disgusting when women with little girls put them in bikinis.

    Um. Newsflash. Your daughter looks STUPID in a bikini. YOU do not look better in your own swimsuit if your child is wearing a bikini. Everyone looking at your daughter is thinking, “Doesn’t that poor child have a father to tell her mother, ‘NO?'”


    Anyone saying that two-piece swimsuits are analogous to kids dancing like strippers on a stage? Well, they’re right. Both are ridiculous.

    In defense of the kids in the bikinis, however, at LEAST their mothers don’t dress them that way for the PURPOSE of having them dance and allowing their bodies to be evaluated in a sexual way.

    People need to wake up. The sexual revolution and free sexual expression don’t apply to children.

  71. Aussie Mama says:

    shut up parents, you have done enuf.
    wrong on every level, the clothes, the moves, the works. you wouldn’t tolerate a child singing about sex either. it has to be age appropriate, end of story, fools!

  72. Missfit says:

    The way most of the comments said….the clothes PLUS the bumping and grinding is a HELL NO, point blank! They were just popping that bootie and hips way too much for their age. Whether the parents want to hear it or not, that’s the damn truth. Put her ass on Tyra, like the other girl from Germany was, but I guess not, huh, cause some think this is “OK.” And what did they expect, if this shit is put online, people ARE going to see it, especially perverted fucks that live off of this and get off from it. I’m sure all they do is look for this kind of shit, damn. Like I’ve said before, if a pedaphile thinks a kid that is dressed normal is “hot,” this is much worse. And they could have still done this dance number, but a cleaner version and more covered up. One time on myspace I saw this really cute video of a baby falling asleep in her walker. (Nothing nasty or bad about it.) She just bumped her head a little bit as she dozed off and the parent thought it was cute how she was falling asleep. Anyway, my point is that, there is seriously nothing mean or graphic about that video and lots of people were still VERY MEAN and critical about an innocent baby’s video. I remember reading shit about…”How could her mother let her bump her head and fall asleep in a walker, and how “ugly” her clothes and bow on her head was.” People can be MEAN towards a cute baby. So if people were being really judgemental on something like that, something that is really inappropriate (such as this), there will be people upset about it. Oh, but I BET if this video would have made them famous (like some kids have gotten famous off of youtube), they would have been ok with it and wanted the girls to perform like that on Oprah or Ellen.

  73. Anastasia says:

    Those parents are mentally disabled if they actually don’t realize that anyone can record anything at anytime and put it on the internet immediately.

    And no need to wonder what guys think about the video who enjoy it: just go to the video on youtube and read some of the comments, especially the ones from guys talking about jacking off to it.

    Sure, there are always going to be pedos. But MY daughter will not be the target of their lust. These parents obviously don’t care if pedophiles jack off to their stripper moves and lingerie styled costumes.

  74. Hautie says:

    Am I wrong but aren’t these the same little girls… only 3 of the 5.

    There are multiple videos of them online doing their butt shaking dances.

    It looks like to me that the parents have always approved of the barely there outfits.

    So nothing was taken out of context.

    It was their intentions of dressing their 7 years old in booty shorts and taping doing the same moves to every song.

  75. ViktoryGin says:

    ^Yep, same girls, indeed.

    Something belatedly dawned on me: the girls and their families are based in LA. Good job there, parents, for corroborating stereotypes.

  76. coucou says:

    OMG the mom said that these costumes were revealing like that so as to show “body lines” and movement – uh you mean coochie bumping – and then the dad talks about how kids wear swimsuits while swimming and that this was just an average “dance costume” – these two are freaking ridiculous! But i’m sure the pedophiles just LOVE them, because it’s parents like they who put their kids in a sexual context and then have the gall to try and normalize the abnormal. These girls are wearing fishnet gloves, knee-highs, they look like midget Moulin Rouge wannabes, and those parents are just stupid sick and in some major whack denial. Cute kids, but when they interviewed them and the future stripper said “we just like go all out and put in our 220 percent,” that’s fine, work hard and all, but what the hell does wearing burlesque costumes and humping thin air has to do with that? Some sick world destined for sexual bankruptcy, oh please when will the madness end, oy vey, i’m barely 40 and i feel like an ancient Victorian with whiplash.

  77. seriously? says:

    Dear Parents,

    It is your job to PROTECT your children. And that includes protecting them from what is popular in this world if it isn’t good from them. I don’t care if Single Ladies is one of the most popular songs in the world right now. Your kid is 8. Mine is 7. She does not listen to music like that. I do. When she is in the car with me we are listening to Backyardigans and Disney. When I’m by myself I get the popular stuff. That’s what being a mother is about. Keeping them innocent and a child for as long as possible.

    And my 7 and 5 year old daughters are both in dance. We picked a Christian dance company because they are very particular about their dance costumes. They are pretty and allow for plenty of ease of moment and ability to see the lines of the dancer, but they are MODEST! Everything is covered. There are no bare bellies.

    For recital the dancers are asked to wear make-up, even the little ones. But they give us guidelines to keep it toned down but still able to see their faces under the bright lights. And when they are telling us about the recital rules, I’m happy to announce that most of the dads are not happy with the idea of their little girls having to wear make-up at all. They love their children and want them to stay kids as long as possible.

    This video makes me so sad for those children and for those parents not realising what they are doing to their children. They have enough time to deal with sexual situations when they are older. Please don’t force them to grow up so fast!

  78. Wif says:

    Thanks Aspen (“I just fervently hope you never parent a child.”) I’ve got 2, and they’re doing great. Just because I chose not to judge the parents too harshly (even though I agree with a number of points of the above posters) doesn’t mean that I allow my children to behave in this manner.

    I suspect if you knew me you’d even let me babysit you’re own. 🙂

  79. WTF says:

    A few questions:

    1. How many people who left comments here are actually dancers?

    2. Why are a bunch of kids wearing dance costume doing a dance routine, however sexy, be linked to pedophiles, exploitation, sex etc etc??? Do you normally see a dance and think about sex? Jeez!

    3. And to Jenny the dance choreographer: With all due respect, you would not or you could not?

    C’mon people take a chill pill. Its just dance. You people should just walk out of your stuffy closet and breathe a little. See it as it is, not what your perception imply it to be.

  80. Mrsskurvy says:

    It’s the combination of the two…the dance and the outfit! My daughter is really into dance and if they were to wear something burlesque like that along with the mature dance they performed,I would FLIP!!! Airhumping and shaking their chest are a little too risky for their ages!!! And for their parent’s to say that this was not made for the world to see…Well…HELLO!!!! People record things and they end up on youtube…thats what it for. Pedifiles are in heaven as we speak!!! And for them to say that they were swim suits like thier outfits…yeah, but they don’t provoctivly dance in swimwear at the same time! Beyonce didn’t even look as “sexy” as they did!!!!!! DISGUSTING!!!!!!!

  81. Aspen says:

    I’m sure the parents of the girls in this video think their kids are “doing great,” too.

  82. A_G says:

    I guess I don’t see the big deal b/c I was put into similiar costumes & competitions as a child, but perhaps that says more about my childhood than anything else. :shrug:

  83. Wif says:

    Seriously Aspen, why are you attacking me when you don’t even know me just because we have a difference of opinion? I never said that I felt the video was good or fine, just that it wasn’t “that bad” to raise a national debate. Clearly my opinion is in the minority and I’m fine with that, I’ve even conceded to the arguments of others respectfully. So why judge me?

    (ps. my daughter does wear a 2-piece swimsuit, simply because it’s easier to just pull the bottom part down when you need to go to the bathroom and not have to squeeze back into a wet one piece – I’ve always hated that. Just so you know that bikinis aren’t always to tart the girls up.)

  84. jen says:

    These parents are idiots. The chipmunks wore more clothing! They are dressed like little strippers. Shame on these parents. These poor kids don’t stand a chance with these type of parents.

    What a moron comparing a swim suit to those costumes. Grasping at straws.

    BTW, what kind of man wears a shirt like that? Too funny.

  85. Jag says:

    @ Ruffian9 ~ You took the words out of my fingers. Showing body lines on 8 year olds?

    They should just admit this “dance competition” was a ruse for the “enjoyment of family and friends” and the crowd full of pedophiles.

    The dance instructor bothers me more than the parents, which are disgusting. How does one correct a hip thrust or ass shake in an 8 year old, or teach those stripper moves? There’s no way they didn’t see the real video to teach them what to do, or maybe they just took them to a local strip club to see what they could become if they work hard enough. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me single and childless at the moment. I really do fear for the next generation.

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