Friday, March 15, 2013

Mama Rock

Ran across an article a few days ago about the comedian Chris Rock's momma, Rose Rock. She's been a mother, a foster mother and a substitute momma for a grand total of 32 children all together. She's been very successful at raising children in our fractured and confusing world, so successful that she's written a book about her methods titled, "Mama Rock's Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Houseful of Successful Children"

In the Coastal Observer interview Mama Rock had this to say about children's beauty pageants.

She calls “Toddlers and Tiaras,” the children’s beauty pageants, another horrible idea. “One name,” Rock said, “JonBenét Ramsey. Need I say more? Who wants a 6-year-old to look 22? When you do, how many predators are out there looking at that. It’s the sickest thing I’ve heard. Parents are living through their children. Every little girl should be a princess, but she should be daddy’s princess or mommy’s princess in the house. I’m not supposed to exploit you. Do you think a 5-year-old wants to be tortured having her hair pressed? Honey Boo Boo’s mom gives her a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull — she calls it go-go juice — so she will be awake and smiling when she should be in her jammies in bed.”
Wise words indeed!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Beware The Scammers

Those of you that participate in Children's Beauty Pageants are not only exposing your child to things that are unhealthy for them, you're making yourself a target for scammers. Jezebel.com had this to say about the sleazy side of adult pageants  in the article Big Breaks for Blowjobs: The Dark Underbelly of the Miss USA Pageant

Now I know that most of this doesn't apply to the childrens pageant systems but this sure doesn..

Be Productions lured kids (and their parents) by telling them they had star potential – but, of course, the young would-be stars needed to pay thousands of dollars up front for headshots and acting classes if they wanted to be cast on Disney shows like Hannah Montana and Zoey 101.

Be Production's Talent Director was Domingo Rodriguez, then known as Domingo Casañas. The seamy trio — Rodriguez, Lewis, and DeSando –- had solidified their business relationship.

In 2009, an ABC News investigation led to a widely publicized federal class action lawsuit that accused Be Productions of swindling over $20 million from more than 6,000 families by attempting to sidestep a state consumer protection law specifically meant to keep dubious advance fee talent agencies in check, publishing false and misleading information about its prices and services and referring clients to classes and photo shoots in exchange for paid compensation. The lawsuit, which is still pending, claimed that the contracts signed by thousands of families "violate the law and cannot be enforced."

If someone says your child has 'star potential' and you need to invest in that it would behoove you to actually investigate that person or agency before plunking down dollar one. If your child is employable in the entertainment world (and that's a big IF if only because of the vast number of people trying to make their kids a star) it's unlikely you're going to have to cough up more money in the thousands range.