A new episode of Toddlers and Tiaras was revealed the other day, and it may have been the most explosive yet. This controversial show that airs on TLC has manyy parents and viewers questioning whether the network has gone to far. The lastest show depicted a famiy with two children, Bob, who is 6, and Riley who is 5, getting reading for their next toddler pageant. The parents revealed that that they take their inspiration from RuPaul, a noted drag queen and television reality star.
Bob and Riley's mother, Katie, says that she had her two children specifically to go to pageants. Really? 18 months of pregnancy just for a chance to win some pageants? Maybe Katie and Robert (the father) need a reality check. But if you think that's all, just wait. There's more.
Katie and Robert frequently attend live drag queen shows to get tips on how the queens "make it" in their line of work. They then use the "tips" they gleaned on their two young children. "Be fierce," Katie says to her young son. "The language we use comes from drag."
RuPaul, a mid-fiftes male, has been in the drag industry since the 1980s. He performs as a male and female as duty calls. As he says, "You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me." He hosts a show on VH1 called "RuPaul's Drag Race."
The pageant children are taken regularly to drag shows and allow them to watch drag queens perform on television. It seems there there is no bar too low for the parents to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Katie admits that she has had her young daughter peform the song "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga on the top of a bar at Applebees. Family restaraunt or not, is the pressure to perform a little too much for these young stars?
Tune in to TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" on Wednesday 10/9 central.