I get a little confused when I watch TV shows about children. Sometimes, I have to wonder what the parents were thinking to put their children on television for all of America, the WORLD, to see, possibly ruining any future career, whether or not it had to do with show business.
And then I think, "Nahhh, how else would I and the rest of the world be entertained?"
We have many different kinds of child, ahem, exploitation on television these days that has become acceptable. And we laugh. But really, these kids are going to hate their parents in about 5 to 10 years.
“Dance Moms” begins at 9 p.m. each Tuesday on Lifetime. The show is “an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh at the Abby Lee Dance Company and follows children's early careers in dance show business and their mothers,” according to Wikipedia.org.
A spinoff series set in Miami at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' Stars Dance Studio premiered on April 3, 2012.
My favorite is "Honey Boo Boo," but since we've covered that topic before, I must move on to my second favorite, "Dance Moms."
I never understood the whole "your-child-has-to-compete-in-things" philosophy, and whether parents want to admit it or not, dolling your 7-to-10-year-old up is ultimately for your pleasure and not for the good of the child.
"Dance Moms," which can be viewed on Lifetime Television, chronicles the Abby Lee Dance Co., which is based in Pittsburgh. The company is headed by Abby Lee herself, who yells, screams and over-exaggerates everything on a minute-to-minute basis on the show.
A couple things about Abby: She's a hefty woman. And power to ya lady, you're awesome, YOU GO GIRL, but how do you teach girls to dance? I have yet to see Abby actually physically show the girls how to perform the sequences the girls so perfectly execute.
A lot of the episodes focus on practicing and competing. During practices, the mothers of the girls sit up in a loft area where they can view the practices, but cannot comment. Usually what happens is some mother always gets mad. Either it's at Abby, or at their daughter, or at each other. Whatever they can find to be mad at.
The troupe goes to competitions where a girl usually messes up, causing Abby to be in an uproar.
I mean, I know it's "reality" television, but I really hope that Lee really doesn't speak to the girls and mean what she says. Talk about having an inferiority complex.
Although the mom lineup has been switched up a little bit, my favorite mom will always be Kelly. She's a former student of Lee's as well, and quite frankly, she always looks like someone is choking her.
I'm not sure if it's plastic surgery or she's just really on edge. Still vying for Abby's attention, Kelly has both her daughters in dance, still trying to pretend she's Lee's student once more. I think she's still kicking herself for quitting dance to become a cheerleader.
You can check out the mom cat fights for yourself. "Dance Moms" is on at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.