Perez Hilton was right — it’s “wtf??”

So I was reading (surprise, surprise) and I came up with this article — Beyonce is opening up a new line of clothing for kids! Not only that, but it’s also it’s ridiculous — what 9 year old girl wears a high-heeled red shoes? I thought it was a Barbie approach to minorities. I feel that the celebrities are probably laughing at us lower and middle class right now, thinking that whatever they come up with, we will use our hard earned money to buy it.

The sad thing though, is that, they are right. We do buy stupid things like this. For example, I realized I’m “broke” was because I used my $200 on a Coach Purse. I could care less if I won’t be eating lunch (hey, that means I’m getting thinner like Mariah Carey or something, right?) But honestly — I could care less! But then again, that Coach Purse was really pretty. And it’s purple. And I feel that every envious eyes are on me whenever they see my blatant “C” all over my purse. But my point is that we are trying to influence younger children to be like that. And that is not right. These kids will also learn to save their money, not eat lunch, so they could dress and look like Beyonce. Or own a pretty designer purse that they do not need.


Published in: on May 9, 2008 at 6:44 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. This post reminds me of when I was in high school and my parents would give me $5 a day for lunch. Instead of spending it on food, I would save it until the end of the week and go buy clothes with it. This cycle ended only when I got a job. Hey I might have been starving but I looked stylish doing it.

  2. I find it horrifying the way children are being sexualized these days. Beyonce selling red high heeled shoes to nine year olds is upsetting. I was watching one of those morning news television shows the other week that addressed the new products being sold to children, such as spa treatments, make-up products, and clothing that even I wouldn’t be caught dead in. I remember when I was growing up you could buy the Bonne Bell make-up and those cheap high heels made for kids, but those were for dress-up only. It seems now that these products are being sold for every day consumption to these children. Producers have identified a new market; children. It really is horrifying when you see these young children being taken advantage of. One could view this as an example of Adourno’s idea of mass deception. Producers have retrained our consciousness so far as to make us feel it is acceptable to turn our children in to sexualized beings. Oh, and let’s not even get me started on Bratz dolls…

  3. I work at an after school program for kids age 6-12 (Boys and Girls Club to be specific). It bugs me when disturbs me when I see at least 60% of them with cell phones. Cell phones that are more often than not more expensive and higher quality than mine. It’s got nothing to do with jealousy, at all. Why does a kid need a cell phone like that? I can completely understand a parent (especially in today’s world) wanting their child to be able to contact or be contacted in case of an emergency. But when they are in my room calling their friends who are across the hall in the play room, to me it reflects badly on the parents who are either not setting rules for these devices or just not paying any attention to how their kids use them.

    And the same thing goes for an 8 year-old having a $450 iTouch to brag and show their friends and throw a fit when they get a greasy thumb print all over it. Sorry. I did my job and told you to put it away. Now you can whine to your parents. And the music that they have on their mp3 players?! Crap, man!

    – “Hey, Sam. Do you have PRICELESS by Flo Rida on your iPod?”
    – “Oh, can you put it on?!”
    – “No. It’s got stuff you guys can’t hear.”
    – “I’ve got 50 Cent on my Shuffle already.”


  4. >> Producers have retrained our consciousness so far as to make us feel it is acceptable to turn our children in to sexualized beings. <<

    Perhaps they are sexual already?

    I’m not saying this to excuse the manipulative marketing of needless crap to children. Nor am I suggesting that giving nine-year-olds clothing comparable to that of adults is helpful. But children may have sexual curiosity and sexual feelings, which are exploited by the marketing of these products.

    This reminds me of the Miley Cyrus scandal, which is discussed on one of the blogs maintained by my other 313 class:

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