'Toddlers & Tiaras' Drag Queen Boot Camp Takes the Crown (VIDEO)

Toddlers and TiarasWhen it comes to the families on Toddlers & Tiaras, there are few things they do for the sake of a crown that aren't utterly appalling and shocking. From the obsession with looks they promote at an early age to flippers and fake tans to dressing them like hookers, it's all pretty outrageous. Honestly, I didn't think there was anything they hadn't tried in the name of fulfilling some inner inadequacy seeing their children win. But last night in the show's season premiere, mom Katie made a shocking revelation that may be a first.

To prep her daughter and her son for pageants, she has them watch drag queen shows. "We take a lot of our inspiration from RuPaul. He's our favorite queen," she explains.


"Fierceness. Fierce!" she shouts at them.

I admit that at first, little girls and boys talking about what they learn from drag queens is a little startling. But I'd certainly rather see a little girl take inspiration from RuPaul than to be parading around in fake boobs to look like Dolly Parton. And at least this family is providing their kids with one good message -- that diversity and being yourself are okay.

"The queens tell us be fierce, and don't worry about what other people think because what other people think of you is none of your business," Katie tells the camera. I think she meant none of "their" business, but the sentiment is still there, and it's a good one -- one of the few I've seen on the show. Most of the parents are trying to warp their kids into perfect little dolls that please the judges no matter what the cost.

The only real problem I see is that some drag queens may take offense for being used for such ill pursuits. Oh, and that boy's magic pageant beads; I simply can't just let those go without mention. I suppose if he likes them, he shouldn't care what other people think, but I'm scared for what's going to happen to him while wearing those ... even if he feels fierce.

What do you think of this family preparing their children for pageants by having them watch drag queens?

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