Saturday, October 1, 2011

Regarding Toddlers & Tiaras and Courtney Stodden

I'm going to talk about Filth in a different way for once, and address something I believe to be truly filthy, as in filthy wrong.
With current trends in television regarding the sexualization of minors that range from the teenagers (My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding) to the rugrats (Toddlers & Tiaras) being 'too young' has all of a sudden become trendy. 
Lost and The Green Mile actor Doug Hutchison (51) recently made headlines when he married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden (who’s tweets speak for themselves). Every time they are on TV to defend their union she’s dolled up in Jersey make-up, tousled hair, and a ridiculously low-cut leopard print skin-tight dress like she’s Streetwalker Barbie and he’s looking like Old Man Potter with his skeevy arm around her waist. It’s sickening. There are just so many things wrong with this picture. Stodden acts far too sexually mature for 16, making sexy convulsive faces as Hutchison talks about how he fell in love with her 'heart' and how her parents were 'totally cool with it' and then all of us excuse ourselves from the dinner table to go throw up. 
Last month, TLC aired a particularly controversial episode of their highest rated program, Toddlers in Tiaras where a particularly dumb bitch stage mom decided to dress up her three-year-old as Julia Roberts character from Pretty Woman (1991) and for those of you living in a cave, her character in the film was a prostitute. The three-year-old had everything from the black vinyl thigh high fetish boots to the skimpy white cut-off tank top and micro-mini. It was completely beyond me how anyone could have found this remotely OK.
Just a few years ago, the trend was being an older, wiser woman who was able to snag a younger man. Shows like Cougar Town, Lipstick Jungle, and Desperate Housewives were all exemplary of this. It was symbolic of feminine strength and dignity, and we as women seemed proud. Now that seems to have inverted on itself, and stepped backwards roughly about 2000 years. I just want to conclude with some thoughts for the TLC Channel that continues to air the nausea-inducing and cringe-worthy program Toddlers & Tiaras.
Dear TLC: First of all congrats on hosting the favorite show of pedophiles everywhere. You need to take Toddlers & Tiaras off the air and quick if you want to retain any kind of respectability or dignity for your network. When a 3 year old is paraded around in a prostitute costume it’s not funny, and it’s morally deplorable, and I'm not sure it's even legal. You should be ashamed of yourself. And not in the good way. 

Here's a link to Courtney Stodden's Twitter, and yes this is her ACTUAL twitter, and they are all ACTUAL posts she wrote. I know, I almost didn't believe it myself. 
Here are the highlights of the episode. I usually can't bring myself to watch a full hour of the program, so I would never want to inflict that on you. 

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