Boycott and Report Lifetime Channel’s “Dance Moms”
I’m not quite sure how far reaching this show is to the world, but it is fairly well known here in the U.S. The name is “Dance Moms” and appears on the Lifetime channel — a network that has prided itself on “empowering women.” I guess kids just aren’t yet considered good enough to deserve such empowerment as Lifetime seems proud of girls 6-13 being forced to dress in Vegas-style costumes and dance like they belong in a strip club rather than a children’s dance school.
The show centers around dance studio owner, Abbey Lee Miller, and her sadly abusive methods of motivating the girls. She yells at them, calls them trash when they make mistakes, and altogether verbally and physically abuses them in ways that would have her arrested if she did so to a dog. Yet, Lifetime and her abuse-supporting fans don’t seem to have a problem with it. Neither do the mothers whose kids she abuses.
On the show, the moms act irate with her behaviour. At the end of the day, however, they are still permitting her to abuse their children and pay her to do so. I suppose the checks Lifetime is paying them for their kids to appear on their sponsored series helps to ease their tempers quite a bit, as well. Nothing like being paid off by your child’s abusers to make it all okay.
Is this how ANY parent would want their children treated or to be seen? Is this how ANY parent would want strangers viewing their children? For a better perspective of how that is, take a look at what pedophiles are saying:
“jeff809 writes: Dance Moms , nominated Sexiest new show on GC! [Girl Chat – pedophile message board]
jeff809 writes: Can watch and record for later pleasure with noone knowing. Sweet little secrets. Wish all could be my lf! [“little friend” – pedophile slang for boyfriend/girlfriend]
Socrotes writes: omg!! ikr?! [I know right] i just want to slip my hand up that little maddies poofy skirt and welcome her to womenhood.!
jeff809 writes: I’m really releaved the ages stop at 13. Who wants to see bouncing knockers? so grossed out at tht point
Socrotes writes: no longer atractive when the pubes start. as soon as buds form its time to get another lf
lgluv4lyfe writes: What do you all think of the coach Abby Lee?
Socrotes writes: ANGEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! she brings out the sexy tigress in them!!! makes me sooooooOOOOoooo wetttt!!!!
jeff809 writes: Hero worship time!
lgluv4lyfe writes: Agreed. I’ve visited dance studios with the niece to scout. No other dance coach gets their girls to release their sexiness like her. She has a way of making them welcome their natural sexuality. I am a big fan of how she makes the moms go along with her. I could learn from her!
Socrotes writes: we need a Abby Lee fan page.
jeff809 writes: Second that!
Socrotes writes: might send AL a thank you note ;;;;)))
jeff809 writes: hehehehehe
jeff809 writes: ask for more sexy costumes
Socrotes writes: tru dat. not enough soft little tummies showing. need mooooooor!!
lgluv4lyfe writes: God in heaven I died when she had them slap their little behinds. Tivoed it and rewind.play.rewind.play.rewind until I cum!
Socrotes writes: yyeeeessssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!
jeff809 writes: YEEESS!!!“
It gets far worse, much more explicit pertaining to sexual acts they wish for each of the girls and how they would get them away from the easily controllable moms if they were instructors there.
For an idea about the show, take a look at this ABC special report:
http://youtu.be/Bz-a0bVC25E (embedding has been disabled by ABC’s request)
There have been times when the girls were forced to choose between school and dance, a time when a girl was forced to choose dance over her sick grandmother in the hospital, and a time when both Abby and the mother forced a sick child to “man up” and dance through her illness.
These little girls have been brainwashed into thinking dressing like they are preparing to be Las Vegas show girls is okay. At six, eight, ten years old, their highest ambition is to dress like a prostitute and shake their ass for horny men. How does that make sense to anyone other than a pedophile?
Where is the self-esteem sports are supposed to encourage in children, and what normal dance studios encourage? Where is the dignity and self-love with which we are supposed to raise our children? Where is that motherly instinct to protect their children and guide them in self-worth and respectable accomplishments clearly lacking in any of these mothers?
I would also like to know where the hell the fathers are in this whole thing. They have rights, too, and can damned well press charges on the perverted coach and the abusive mothers. I suppose those checks issued by Lifetime are big enough to squelch the protectiveness of these fathers, too.
When did it become okay to sell our children for our own financial comfort?
“Here are my thoughts on Lifetime’s new show, “Dance Moms.”
Reality Dance Moms show is Far from Reality
17 July 2011
Lifetime’s new show, Dance Moms, has hit a new all-time low for reality television, which is no easy task.
The show centers on a Pittsburgh dance studio and its 9 to 10-year-old competition team. It is a cynical portrayal of the world of dance competitions and the people involved in it. The coach/teacher is a tyrannical individual who lives by the motto of the sign that is posted in her studio, which reads: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” This is drummed into 9 and 10-year-old girls.
The dance moms themselves are aggressive and self-centered, caring little about their children’s teammates. And when it comes to their own child, the ladies main concern is to live vicariously through them. In one scene, despite her daughter being sick, one mother tells her to ignore her stomach ache and keep dancing. There are no likable human beings, save the children, in this so-called “reality” show.
The truth of it is, very little from “reality” exists in this show.
As the Owner and Director of Hall of Fame Dance Challenge for the last 10 years, and many years experience as a dance parent, I have been surrounded by dance moms who are caring, giving, and team players all the way. We have been blessed to meet beautiful people all over the country. In our experience, dance moms are no different than hockey moms or baseball dads in that they care about giving their children positive life experiences. They give their children a chance to experience healthy competition, sportsmanship, and probably most important, from a social standpoint, interacting with others their own age.
Further, dance provides opportunity for college, scholarships and, in some cases, a professional career.
Perhaps most important, this show births dangerous implications. It is dangerous not only for the competition industry, but also for the dance world as a whole. What is a young mother, with no exposure to the dance community, to think when she sees the depiction of crazed mothers and abusive teachers? And this false exposure of the dance community presumably has the full support of a major cable network. It’s harmful to the dance community.
I think the competitions and conventions that were filmed for this show were seduced by Lifetime and/or the show producers into believing they would be fair in their portrayal of dance life. Apparently, Lifetime took advantage of their final cut privileges, duping my colleagues. Suffice it to say that I find it unlikely my colleagues would agree to film a show about crazy dance parents at their event.
Occasionally you will get an over-zealous parent, but that is the exception not the rule. And as far as dance teachers are concerned, the portrayal of the studio owner herself is so far from the norm that Lifetime should be ashamed of itself. Shame on you.”
There are several sites on the internet and pages on Facebook aimed at shutting down this vile woman and her studio. There is even a petition:
People are, also, starting to report Abbey Lee Miller, the moms, and the dance studio to the Pittsburgh Department of Human Services:
“Here is what you can do: Report the show, director and mothers for child abuse. This is clearly child abuse. Call the Department of Human Services at anytime day or night at 1-800-932-0313. This is the County in charge of the City of Pittsburg. The location is Abbey Lee Dance Company- Formerly Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio
7123 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
I hope you all join me as I sign the petition, call that number, and share this information far and wide. If we don’t speak up for these little girls, no one will. Especially when their own parents are allowing them to be treated this way. If this was taking place in someone’s home, child protective services would have come in and removed the child already. Why is it okay when a network does it? Don’t let it be okay! Speak up!
Incidently, I firmly believe “Toddlers and Tiaras” is just as abusive, as all child pageants are abusive.