Whether it’s your guilty pleasure or you openly hate it, shows like Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms show what it’s really like behind all the glitz and glamour. Some people don’t like what they see but that door can no longer be closed. Take, for instance, 6 year-old Alana Holler from McIntyre, Georgia. She has brought it to the attention of thousands of people to what kids really go through to be “Beauty Queens.” Aside from her sultry outfits with dance moves to match and the pounds of make-up this little star indulges us with, her mother, June Shannon, has introduced us to a whole new thing to be angry about — “GoGo Juice.”As her mother so eloquently describes in her ABC News interview, GoGo Juice is Alana’s energy boost concocted of one part Red Bull and one part Mountain Dew. Yes, this is awful. However, Alana is not the only one getting a special kick. Pageant Crack, pixie sticks by the dozen, is a common behind-the-scenes element to pageants and many girls even have an energy powering drink they take before their pageant. So, what part of society makes it okay for these parents to essentially drug their children with caffeine? We can all clearly see what it does to Alana. I have a hunch that if I was given a thermos of this GoGo Juice to take with me to lunch in elementary school to help get me through the rest of the day, CPS would have been involved. Yet, here it is publicized on television.
Lifetime’s Dance Moms televises how much pressure these mothers put on their children and even instigates arguments between these young and talented children. Many of these parents, it seems, are living out their life through their children. This puts a abundant amount of pressure of the shoulders of these pre-teens and though we can’t see it yet, these actions are certain to have an effect on their mental and emotion health growing up. This brings up the question of how far is to far? How far can these moms push their children to be the absolute best? How much pageant crack and GoGo Juice will it take to give a child a heart condition or cause diabetes and obesity problems later in life? And who is going to stop this insane behavior? Certainly not the viewers, they may bring attention to it, but in the end, the shows just gain more and more fans. Our justice system cannot do much of anything, these children want to win, to be the best—on camera where it really matters. It truly seems like it’s going to take this first generation of children and their later in life health problems to show us the real consequences of our actions, all of our actions. The parents, the other mothers, the competition’s, the fans, the viewers, every person that does not make a stand. Every person that doesn’t say, “Hey, this is not okay.”