Should Little Girls Dance Like Beyonce?
… Especially when they’re dressed like that!
-April Daniels Hussar
A while ago I wrote about my shock at seeing a little girl channel Lady Gaga – from the incredible voice to the extreme makeup to the gyrations to the Vegas-style hooker boots. So when I saw the video making its way across the Web of a dance team comprised of little girls in, essentially, bikinis, performing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” at the World of Dance competition, I thought I’d give the topic a pass. I don’t want railing against our permissive, over-sexualized society to become my beat. (I’m really not a stick-in-the-mud, honest!) But I can’t help it—after seeing what a huge reaction the video has caused and the fact that people are defending it … here I go!
But first – if you haven’t seen it, you should watch for yourself …
Damn, right? If you’re like me, your first thought was WOW – those girls are amazing dancers!
And your second … what the hell are they wearing?!
Because to me, that’s really the issue here. The moves, OK – they’re pretty, shall we say, sophisticated. But had these little girls, who are reportedly 8- and 9-year-olds, been wearing something else – say shorts and t-shirts, or even leotards and tights – the whole effect would have been something entirely different. And the focus would have been on their considerable talent, where it belongs.
There’s been a huge “public outcry” since the video hit the masses last week, and the parents of the girls have gone on the defense. Melissa Presch, one of the moms, told Inside Edition, “I’m shocked, quite frankly, that people would suggest such things and say such things about 8 and 9 year old girls.” She says the girls got their moves from the Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel movie — not Beyonce’s music video.