So, by now I'm sure many of you have seen this video - it's been ALL OVER the news in the past few days...and everyone is talking about the young girls (ages 8 and 9) and the dance moves they're performing while dressed like the elementary school version of the Pussycat Dolls.
The parents of the girls claim the "costumes" are just that - dance costumes that were completely appropriate for a dance competition.
Personally, I would not want my daughters to dress that way - I don't care if it's "appropriate" for the dance routine. Little girls should not look like that.
I just don't understand why parents are so insistent on forcing their little girls to grow up so quickly. Why can't little girls just be little girls?
Which brings me to the dance recital I just sat through.
One routine in particular left me scratching my head and wondering "what the heck just happened?"
The dancers in the group were tweens (probably ages 10- 12) and I can't tell you what song they started dancing to, but the routine ended with Ke$ha's "Tik Tok". These girls were singing along to the song as they danced (I don't know why) and yes, they sang the line "I brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack."
Yeah, I'm serious.
Tween girls sang a line about brushing their teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels.
I couldn't make this up if I wanted to.
I cannot imagine for the life of me (1) what the hell the dance instructor was thinking when she picked Ke$ha's song (which for all intents and purposes is about going out and partying until the "police shut them down" .... not exactly what tween girls should be doing on a Friday night), and (2) what the hell were the parent's thinking when they said "yeah, that's a good idea".
Call me crazy, but maybe...just maybe...there should be an "age appropriate" thought process in things like this. I'm quite certain there was a better song out there ... and one that didn't require little girls to sing about boozing it up with Jack.