Video controversy of the week.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

If you have been completely out of the loop, let me fill you in. A group of 7 year old girls danced to Beyonce's Single Ladies at the World of Dance competition. The scandalous video made it to youtube and went viral. There are now debates as to whether or not the dance & attire are appropriate for little girls.

First off, I think it's a great song, and I actually really like Beyonce's video. And these girls are really good. But Beyonce is well in to her 20s, and "he" {Jay Z} liked it, and did put a ring on it. These girls can't go anywhere without a grown up. So I'm thinking they have no business dancing to the following lyrics:

Up in the club, we just broke up
I’m doing my own little thing...

...Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it
Don’t be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it.

On the very off chance that you have not seen Beyonce's version, here it is. Please note that Beyonce is showing less skin than these little girls.

This leads me to propose a question. At what age would this be appropriate? Would you let your 10 year old dress and dance this way? Your 12 year old? your 15 year old? And is it the lyrics, the dancing, or their skimpy little outfits that you would not approve of?

As you can tell, I do not approve of any of it. Call me old fashioned, but this song was not written for children. The video is not appropriate for children. And these outfits are not appropriate for anyone. Little girls should be watching cartoons or playing with My Little Ponies. They made a comeback, you know. Little girls should not be dancing to songs that are about whether or not he "wants it".

When Beyonce's song and video debuted, we did not debate whether or not it was ok. In fact, there were hundreds and hundreds of videos of people dancing to her song all over the internet. We loved it. I actually posted about how catchy it was on my blog. I also posted this video {and how I thought she should be watching cartoons}. These girls put sweet little Ariana to shame.

So tell me. What do you think? Should 7 year old girls be dancing like this, to this song, in these clothes?


  1. I just saw the video yesterday and I was completely APPALLED. What kind of parents think it is appropriate to let their second-grade daughter dress in hooker clothes and dance around like a stripper? Nevermind that they are amazing littler dancers...that is beside the point. They could have showcased their talent in a thousand other ways, none of which needed to involve skimpy outfits and pelvic thrusts.

    The comments I saw about it all brought up a good point too: what a great image for all those sex offenders out there! Here ya go! Here's my trampy little seven-year-old for you to have your disgusting thougts about!

    The whole thing is just sick. Those parents should be put away.

  2. I've seen this on another blog, and I's sooooooo INAPPROPRIATE!!!!! I don't care how good they dance. Shame on the teacher and the parents!

  3. My husband was telling me about this yesterday morning but I just now saw the video. Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with it. I guess I draw my opinion from the fact that I was a competitive dancer from age 6 until 17 and performed in many competitions. I wore costumes similar to the ones the girls are wearing and my parents knew about them as they are the ones who paid for them. I always knew that my costumes and dances were just performances for the stage and that was it. I wore my costumes, did my/our dance, and then went and sat with my team, teachers, and parents in our team warm ups or whatever until judging.

    These girls are doing a competition (a top one at that). Trust me their dance is nothing compared to some that I have seen. They did well, incorporated the techniques they needed into it and pleased the crowd which all counts towards their judging.

    I think people need to relax a bit. Obviously their parents know what they are doing and what the dance consisted of as I am sure they attended practices and dress rehersals. As long as their parents are okay with it and it is for a competition then nothing else matters.

    Sorry for the long response.

  4. Although I think the uniforms are a bit much (Beyonce wears more clothes in her video than these girls do!) you cannot deny the talent of these dancers. They are amazing!

    I seriously agree with The Kelly Family post above as I too was a competitive dancer and gymnast from the age of 8 and was a cheerleader from 11 until my first year in college, so I wore outfits such as those, wore crop top uniforms etc. and although it does show a bit, they were never meant for sexual reasons, they were competitive.

    These girls obviously have a passion for a dance and have undeniable talent. If it makes them happy, they should continue to do so. I personally think the outfits are a bit too much but it is not my place to judge.

  5. wow. that is terrible. those girls are amazing dancers and the costumes, choreography, and lyrics just completely blind their talent. i LOVE the beyonce song/video/dance, but that is completely inappropriate for children - of any age.

    i think if you are asking a child to dance like that, you are missing a huge teaching opportunity about morality and integrity. girls shouldn't have to dance and dress like that to be thought of as talented.

  6. These girls are super talented BUT it was a little disturbing to watch, they seem kind of young to be dressed that way, might not have been too bad if they had a full tanktop on? I dunno ... just saying lol

  7. I don't care about the song choice but I thought that outfits were totally inappropriate!

  8. I just watched this video last night with the hubs & was like 'wth are they wearing?'. I think both the song & outfits were inappropriate. However, they are pretty talented.

  9. I'm not going to lie, they are really good dancers. But even still, that is just appalling and so inappropriate. If I had a daughter, I would never allow her to wear clothes like that, no matter if she was in dance or not.

  10. I can deal with the song but what I have a problem with is the costume and the type of dancing they are doing, all those hip thrusts and stuff. The purpose of their dance is to make you think sexy and no one should be thinking that while looking at young girls. It makes me sad to think of how many sick people are now watching this video because it has become so popular. This would not be okay in our home.

  11. I feel like I need to go take a shower or something... Awkward! The combo of the outfits and many of the dance moves came across to me like they were trying to exude sexuality that they don't have yet... What ever happened to ballet? :)

  12. As the mother of a two year old little girl, all I could think was that is just SO wrong to turn these precious little girls into sex objects. I would die if I ever saw Hopey wearing something like that or dancing that way. Why can't little kids just be little kids anymore? I don't want her to be exposed to things like that. Sadly, she'll be exposed to plenty of it as a teenager and adult, but while she's little, I just want her to be an innocent child.

  13. They aren't 7. They are 8 and 9. Not that that makes it better, but I'm a stickler for facts.

  14. I think the fact these girls are PHENOMENAL dancers is what makes the choices adults made for them sad.

    They could have worn clothes that were appropriate for their age. They could have even danced to this song [inappropriate, but most songs are these days] but done moves that didn't scream sex. Their amazing talent could have been put on display and cheered, but instead little girls are being put on display and ridiculed.

    Turns and energy and amazing dancing could've happened without the need to take a shower after watching it. It's sad, really.

  15. I didn't even watch the video. It just makes me so sad that our children's innocence is being stripped away at younger and younger ages. Where does it stop?

    As parents it is our responsibility to protect our children not exploit them.

  16. I was appalled while watching this video. I think the worst thing about this was that the parents and the school officials were defending their decision and making those criticizing look like the "wrong ones". Do they have no sense?

    Completely inappropriate for children and young teenagers! As you can tell, I was not happy after reading this article. LOL

  17. Two words. Aboslutely NOT. My nieces are growing up a little like this -- minus the exotic clothing and proportioned dance moves. My nieces are 12 and 8 and when I see them 'dry-humping' the air by imitating music videos like this one, I can't help but cry out to God! I would much rather like to see them watching Scooby-Doo or playing Go Fish.. What is this world coming to??

  18. So, I didn't see this video until you posted it on your blog. What the heck? No me gusta. (I don't like).

    I cannot believe the outfits, the suggestive dancing, and the fact that there are mothers who think this is okay? Clearly, it is not, in my opinion.

    Maybe I'll keep my boys locked inside forever. I surely don't want them seeing little hussies like this and thinking they are CUTE!

  19. i think it's terrible all the way around. there are too many other important things we should be teaching/emphasizing with our young children these days. Of course, I'm not their parent and everyone has a choice.

  20. I think you can show dance talent while wearing appropriate clothing and while dancing to appropriate music. I really do. Because yes- they are talented kiddos! I think young performers should dance for THEIR age group, not for adults.

    And on a side note- I had never seen the original video-it was GREAT! Kind of hard to stay in your seat while that's playin'! :)

  21. I would just like to say, the kids in this video are part of an urban dance group. When you out your 4, 6, 8, or any age old girl for that matter, in an urban dance group, please don't think your getting ballet and tutus. I think they are AMAZING. I also think that we as adults/society are making this a sexual based thing. They would have been none the wiser of the moves they were doing and the lyric of the song if we didn't make it a thing. These girls probably do not take any of that seriously, they probably don't listen to the lyrics. Instead, they count the beats and make sure they hit every single note. THAT is urban dance.

    They probably aren't dancing this way outside of being on stage, and I'm sure they aren't wearing that off the stage.

    It's a competition, and they are probably top of their game.

  22. I really appreciate your opinion but do not agree at all. Little girls should be little girls. They have no business behaving this way.

    I agree with one thing. They are GOOD. Really good! Just too young...

  23. I completely agree with you! This is one reason why my husband doesn't want our girls taking Ballet, bc eventually, it turns into this kind of stuff. I can believe that people would let their little girls do this, dance to and dress in such a way. "It's the way of the world" People are trying to justify it and make it "okay" but in no way is it okay for little girls...or teens to be dancing like that, dressed like that. I would NOT let my 17 year old daughter dress/dance like that. Let alone my 11 year old. I would have a stroke if my girls grew up and acted that way....