Katherine Heigl: Dance Moms kids only missing a pole
Katherine Heigl had no idea what she was in for when she recently happened upon an episode of Dance Moms. "Demeaning" and "belittling" only begin to describe this mother's reaction.
Katherine Heigl is no friend of the reality television show Dance Moms. The actress, who only recently came across the Lifetime creation, took to her iVillage blog to tell one and all how she really feels.
Speaking of Dance Moms, Katherine Heigl wrote, "I watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine."
"I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole! I was also horrified by the way their instructor spoke to them when she felt they weren't up to snuff," the mother of 3-year-old daughter Naleigh continued, "It was demeaning, belittling and downright unkind."
The head instructor, Abby Lee Miller, stood out as particularly inappropriate in Katherine Heigl's Dance Moms review.
"There is no reason to break anyone down in order to prepare them for inevitable disappointment or unkindness," she wrote of Miller's actions. "There is no reason to diminish anyone's self-esteem in order to get them to try harder next time. Especially not a child's."
Vowing that neither she nor husband Josh Kelley will ever treat Naleigh in such a way, Katherine Heigl expressed concern for young girls everywhere.
"It terrifies me, the amount of value we place on a woman's looks, body and ability to drop it like it's hot on the dance floor," the One for the Money actress wrote. "It's one thing to walk into a club and see twentysomethings embracing their sexuality and having some fun, but it's another thing altogether watching seven-year-olds shake their booties, bellies and nonexistent boobies on a stage in a room full of adults and be handed a trophy for it. What in the world are we telling them? That sexy is the prize and is the talent they have?"