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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/14/AR2010051404324.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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There was a dance competition held in California about a month ago where this video was taken, which has suddenly "gone viral" over the past couple of days. What's the issue?

Scantily clad 7-year olds killin' it with gyration and pirouettes.

There are many topics of discussion in regards to this, more having to do with what they are wearing. Other issues stem from the fact they are seven and dancing to a song which speaks of marriage where, in all honesty, I am not sure if they have even hit puberty yet.

What are your thoughts? Opinions about the dance? Is it too much for someone of their age? What about their dress? What about the general reception from the public?

And more importantly.. Who allowed them to dance this?

Discuss.

EDIT: Included the video link -- watch with your own discretion. Do not blame me if you feel uncomfortable. This is purely for discussion purposes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dc6u92boyw


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Posted 5/15/10
Kinda weird to see 7 year olds dancing to that kind of song. I'm not really offended because it doesn't look like they were being provocative & inappropriate ( I hope they weren't). The dancing & the outfits were not needed though for kids their age. If they were my kids, no they wouldn't dress or dance like that. Plus, why would the parents agree & have them participate in such a thing, knowing someone might feel uncomfortable & tell the news?
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Posted 5/15/10 , edited 5/15/10
If it's my child, no way! NO way is she going to grind herself on stage at that age!

My parents would shoot me if I did that at that age. (my hubby would too...)

The girls are great dancers though, but clothes should be less revealing, I mean look at Beyonce, she wasn't even in THAT kind of clothes, hers was actually leotards. This is like lingerie!

When they become adult idols, then they can wear stuff like this.
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Posted 5/15/10

mystic17 wrote:

Kinda weird to see 7 year olds dancing to that kind of song. I'm not really offended because it doesn't look like they were being provocative & inappropriate ( I hope they weren't). The dancing & the outfits were not needed though for kids their age. If they were my kids, no they wouldn't dress or dance like that. Plus, why would the parents agree & have them participate in such a thing, knowing someone might feel uncomfortable & tell the news?


In regards to your last question..

Just a general statement, but not everyone worries about whether or not something or a situation makes someone feel uncomfortable. No matter what, people will do things, even with the consideration of others, and still someone out there will be at some level of discomfort.

Despite all of this, these girls look like they were having fun and I don't think they had it in their minds to worry that they would spark some controversy by their little dance number.

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They're just having their own kind of fun. Just because the song itself may be intended to be provocative doesn't mean it is constitutive. The nature of the dance to this particular song differs variably. I do remember seeing a 2 year-old doing his little dance while watching Beyonce on TV. Now does that seem disturbing? There's no meaning behind it. The only thing that gives it meaning is each and everyone's personal opinions on their interpretation of what they see at hand.
Posted 5/15/10

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In regards to your last question..

Just a general statement, but not everyone worries about whether or not something or a situation makes someone feel uncomfortable. No matter what, people will do things, even with the consideration of others, and still someone out there will be at some level of discomfort.

Despite all of this, these girls look like they were having fun and I don't think they had it in their minds to worry that they would spark some controversy by their little dance number.


I thought so as well. I was just thinking of the news. They would try to add more fire to this situation, knowing the media will try to make this worse by talking about it more & etc. Wouldn't want this to be overly exaggerated & have the children caught in a tabloid mess.
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Posted 5/15/10 , edited 5/15/10

CrashAriMP5N2O wrote:

They're just having their own kind of fun. Just because the song itself may be intended to be provocative doesn't mean it is constitutive. The nature of the dance to this particular song differs variably. I do remember seeing a 2 year-old doing his little dance while watching Beyonce on TV. Now does that seem disturbing? There's no meaning behind it. The only thing that gives it meaning is each and everyone's personal opinions on their interpretation of what they see at hand.



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I thought so as well. I was just thinking of the news. They would try to add more fire to this situation, knowing the media will try to make this worse by talking about it more & etc. Wouldn't want this to be overly exaggerated & have the children caught in a tabloid mess.


I believe this as well. What made this video viral was the fact that there were handfuls of people who felt uncomfortable watching 7-year olds dancing this way in practically no clothing at all -- this was enough to even have articles and TV shows cover the story (which made the video more public than it already was).

Even just looking at the article made by the Washington Post.. the title "Following in Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies' footsteps strips 7-year-olds of innocence" makes it sound outright horrible. Strips 7-year-olds.. of INNOCENCE? In this day and age, there are plenty of tots out there younger than the age of seven singing lyrics to songs they don't even understand, wearing make up, and looking like they are older than they really are... Does anyone remember the controversy of Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy"? Someone made a big deal about their kids singing it and not even realizing what it meant.

My point in this post.. is who are we to kid around that kids as young as seven are still innocence with the level of mature content constantly bombarding us through TV, radio, and paper?

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Posted 5/15/10
I think adults take too much time saying whats right and wrong for kids without any idea of how the kids actually feel. The girls look like their enjoying themselves and theyre very good so they should do what they want. People are always going to look for a way to create controversy
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My thoughts exactly. Whoever thought up that this act "stripped them of their innocence" apparently has a very narrow view. The person is most likely influenced by the contemporary media, which is mostly saturated with negative headlines. You hardly hear about the "good news" anymore. You always see murder, rape, war, etc. and with these filters, one becomes more susceptibe to attributing the logic behind it to other things: for instance, this dance act.

If anything can shed light on such a performance, I am going to clearly say this loud and proud: they are one group of very talented youngsters. It may even look promising for them to pursue a career in any stage performance.
Posted 5/15/10

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My point in this post.. is who are we to kid around that kids as young as seven are still innocence with the level of mature content constantly bombarding us through TV, radio, and paper?


Hard to say since many things are not appropriate for kids; television magazine, public advertisement. A lot of stuff isn't safe for kids anymore. I think this though is something the media will try to make money off of & abuse this not-too-serious dilemma.
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CrashAriMP5N2O wrote:

If anything can shed light on such a performance, I am going to clearly say this loud and proud: they are one group of very talented youngsters. It may even look promising for them to pursue a career in any stage performance.


Being curious, I clicked on the writer's name, thinking I would get like some profile of a 54-year-old mother.. but only came upon her written articles list.. I was immediately scanning for the word "innocence" but to my surprise the article had an alternative name:



"..stage parenting gone wrong"?
Posted 5/15/10
yeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh......... I saw the vid yesterday and was confused
What was the routine for?
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yeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh......... I saw the vid yesterday and was confused
What was the routine for?


It was for a competition called "World of Dance" where apparently some big tour of dance troupes performing.. Here is the link to the website for it:
http://www.worldofdancetour.com/
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DAYUM I WISH I COULD DANCE LIKE THEM.

lol but seriously theyr gonna grow up thinking its OKAY to dress like that. D:
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Strange. Considering video quality and distance to the stage I couldn't have told those were seven year old girls, just from watching the video.

That goes to far.

What's next? Lady Marmalade with little girls in lingerie?
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