JonBenet Ramsey’s Father Regrets Toddler Pageants, But For Odd Reason (VIDEO)

john ramseyBefore there was ever Toddlers and Tiaras there was JonBenet Ramsey. She was the tiny, six-year-old pageant princess from Boulder, Colorado who was found murdered in her own home back in 1996. The crime was never conclusively solved.

Now JonBenet Ramey's father, John Ramsey, is talking about that horrible experience and his emotional turmoil following the tragic murder. Not surprisingly, he has a few things to say about Toddlers and Tiaras -- and he regrets putting JonBenet in pageants. But it's not for the reasons you'd think!


John Ramsey shares how he recevered from his daughter's murder in his new book, The Other Side of Suffering. And he spoke with ABC News about what JonBenet was really like as a little girl: Just a tomboy who did pageants for fun. He finds watching Toddlers and Tiaras "very bizarre." And he admits he regrets letting JonBenet compete "only because that possibly might have drawn attention to us." He adds that his advice to a parent is just to recognize that, "regardless of where you live, there could be evil around you."

I remember when Toddlers and Tiaras first arrived on television screens. My first thought was, "Really?!? We're doing THIS after JonBenet Ramsey?" After seeing those pageant images of JonBenet over and over again I was surprised that the murder case hadn't tainted the whole idea of pageants for very young girls.

So I was expecting John Ramsey to say that maybe pageants sexualize young children too much. If you're going to say pageants draw too much attention to your child, couldn't you make the same argument for Little League baseball? What if your child is the star of the soccer team? Or loves acting? Is there a point where kids' activities expose them too much? I think maybe the context of those activities may have a little something to do with the risks, too.

Did the JonBenet Ramsey murder make you question child pageants, or do you think they're still safe and innocent?


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