Oh, I don’t know where to begin on this one…
“The idea with the fan dance is that you cover your body with the fans so you give the illusion that you are nude underneath the fans.”
So the illusion does not promote pedophiles or oversexualize young girls? I would not even want my daughter to see this show, let alone partipate!
“I think people are just going to watch the feathers, the fans. I really do.”
Um, that is not what I am watching. I’m looking for those tans bras to make sure those little bodies are covered, and I am not a pedophile.
“Everyone in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything’s harmless.”
Tell that to the young victims of molestation.
“These mothers need to stop questioning me.”
Then stop going on TV.
“I’m hot; I’m mean; You can’t have me; You can’t afford me; It’s crotch, boobs!”
OMG! Seriously, harmless with those statements. What does “you can’t afford me” mean? Are you training little prostitutes?
Even the little girls feel “a little naked”.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with the naked body. I encourage my children to skinny dip when we are in nature and go backpacking. There is a big difference between being comfortable with your body and swimming in nature than going on national television and acting like you work in a strip club. My little girl doesn’t even know what a strip club is.
You can tell the audience is uncomfortable watching the performance.
Lifetime has removed the episode, but the damage has been done to the participants. Gawker explains:
Lifetime, the TV network that “celebrates, entertains, and supports women,” has finally pushed its schadenfreude reality programming too far. After airing an extraordinarily child-sexualizing of Dance Moms once, the network pulled the episode from rotation and scrubbed it from the internet. The episode in question? “Topless Showgirls,” in which a troop of 8- to 13-year-old girls simulate toplessness and perform a burlesque.
The episode aired once two weeks ago. A Lifetime spokesperson confirms that, after airing the episode, the network decided never to air again in reruns and never to make it available on iTunes, Amazon, or MyLifetime.com. In “Topless Showgirls,” Pittsburgh dance instructor Abby Lee Miller teaches her students a “classic” burlesque fan dance, which they are to perform in flesh-toned bras to create the “illusion of nudity.” The dance must convey that the children are “hot,” “mean,” and that men “can’t afford” them.
How this episode ever made it on the air is beyond me.
If you want to watch the dance, you can on Gawker. I don’t want to post it here. I don’t want to attract pedophiles.