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toddlers and tiaras

Debuting in 2009 on TLC,  Toddlers and Tiaras focuses on the world of child beauty pageants. It follows young pageant participants and their families as they go through the process of training and competing in local, regional and national pageants. Since its debut, the series has stirred plenty of controversy, with critics accusing pageant parents and organizers of overly sexualizing and exploiting children.


Do you think critics of the show are right when they accuse it of over-sexualizing children? Do pageants like these represent child exploitation? Or are they harmless fun? Why/why not?

This particular clip was controversial for its references to the film Pretty Woman. What made this controversial? How does the reference to Pretty Woman work in this context?

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