Child Abuse?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 24, 2011
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Wrong, clearly. Sad, too. But could it also be child abuse?

Not a term to bandy about lightly. But spray tans at a body shop without goggles, since the poor girl was a baby?

“…started spray tanning her at 11 months old.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Child Abuse?”

  1. I wish I could be surprised, but I was a public school teacher for 20 years. If I learned anything, it was that not everyone was meant to be a parent. In fact, a lot of people would be doing the world a favor by never having kids. Unfortunately, most people don't stop and really consider their fitness and personal affinity for the job – because it is a job.

  2. missbernklau says:

    It's so wrong on so many levels. Also, do the parents on these shows realize that this show (and child "beauty pageants" in general) is just softcore porn for pedophiles? Because that's what it is. Just another layer to the abuse the parents are inflicting on these kids that will never get a chance to experience childhood.

  3. Yogini5 says:

    I could not watch the whole thing. Disgusting. Shallow.
    I felt the most revulsion when the auto body mechanic stated that it's not much different than painting a car. That's when I shut it off.

  4. Jess says:

    This makes me sad for these moms and, of course, their baby girls. I have 2 baby girls of my own and while I can admit to getting spray tanned as an adult, I could never imagine thinking of having my kids being put in that position. First of all, it's cold and secondly there are chemicals that kids should just not be around much less held in front of against their will. And the other mom that is telling her little girl how to walk with a shirt showing her midriff at (what?!) 4 years old just needs to evaluate her own self worth. Having cute girls and dressing them up like little girls is fun and I even put bows in my little girl's hair on most days, but teaching them that in order to be "liked" or in order to "win", they have to be completely fake and aesthetically perfect is really a huge parenting failure. Where is the LOVE for these kids?!

  5. StreetWise says:

    How nice of those mothers to inflict their own lack of self-worth onto their barely old enough to pee on the potty kids. Seriously, get help moms. Get help. Because your kids will rightfully so make you pay the price later. And don't think for one minute that you don't deserve it.

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Angie O OH GOD, Somebody call CPS! What town are they in, I'll call.

    Gail S These women are totally obsessed with re claiming their power through their children – makes me sick! Yes, absolutely it is child abuse.

    Daniel B Certainly. That's horrible.

    Lynn S WTF is wrong with these people?

    Molly M Sometimes it is what is so obviously right in front of our noses that is the hardest to see.

    Christina M That's classic. I mean, it's obviously horrible, but completely typical of how little brains it takes to procreate.

    Terry M The mom said she liked getting sprayed, it didnt look like she was enjoying it. I really dislike pageant shows for toddlers.

  7. Natasha says:

    Anything harmful & against someone’s will is abuse. Don’t just look at spray tanning, look at eye brow waxing, eye brow shaping w/tweezers, any1 has more?! A great ethical beautician does not do tanning, coloring, or waxing until later to see what develops in the teens years & adult time.

  8. Natasha says:

    I think if done right the show Toddlers & Tiaras could be a great teaching tool if done correctly. For college students studying social work education or for parenting classes

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