Toddlers and Tiaras pageant mom Susanna Barrett is mad. She's just sick and tired of the way the media sexualizes little girls, and she's not going to take it anymore! In fact, she's launched a $30 million lawsuit against the Huffington Post, TMZ, and The Daily Mail for "brazenly" trying to sexualize her daughter, Isabella Barrett.
Yeah, take that, wicked, over-sexed media people! This sexualizing of innocent 5-year-old girls has got to stop! Just because little Isabella was caught on video singing along to the song "I'm Sexy and I Know It," with a microphone, with mommy sitting right next to her... wait, something is very wrong with this picture, and I don't think it has anything to do with TMZ, HuffPo, or Daily Mail.
So let me see if I have this right: Susanna has her daughter sing that song, it gets filmed, these media outlets cover it, and she's suing them? Um, that's kind of like if I kicked a dog and someone posted it on YouTube and then I sued them for animal cruelty. I mean, who is sexualizing who in this scenario, really?
True, TMZ describes Isabella as "dancing" when she clearly remains seated. She's still shimmying. Or is there another name for that movement when you shake your shoulders back and forth? And there's the arm movements that appear to be coached. It's not like she was just sitting there in jeans and a hoddie, passively, not moving a muscle, while the music played. Someone put that microphone in her hand and told her to sing along.
Huh. If I were concerned about media outlets sexualizing my kid I'd probably have her sing "Thank Heavens for Little Girls" or some other, um, less-sexy song. We haven't always listened to the most approapriate music in our home. I don't run to change the music fast enough, sometimes, when something totally wrong for kids comes on. But for crying out loud, I wouldn't teach my kid THE LYRICS to a song like that! It's all right for a mother to teach her daughter to sing "Sexy and I Know It" in public, but it's not okay for TMZ to notice and tell everyone about it -- is that the point here?
Do you think it makes sense for Barrett to sue these media outlets -- or is she ignoring her own responsibility?
Image via TMZ