'America's Got Talent' Recap: When Did Little Girls Dressing Like Strippers Become Acceptable?


I never considered myself a prude until last night's episode of America's Got Talent. I have a pretty open mind and I'm willing to watch just about anything. But then I saw TJ and the Little Mamas.


First of all, calling a group of girls, ages 6-9 "Little Mamas" is already disturbing. At first I thought TJ and the Little Mamas was the episode title fr the latest edition of Dateline's To Catch a Predator. But no, it's an act on America's Got Talent that somehow made it to Las Vegas.


The leader is TJ, an 8-year-old Corbin Bleu impersonator who dances around the stage with his bevy of girls. Just in terms of talent, it's offensive that these kids would make it through because their choreography was weak and sloppy, but I guess using realistic measures of talent is against the by-laws of America's Got Talent.


But these girls were dressed like...well, prostitutes. It's uncomfortable to read and even more uncomfortable for me to write, but how else do you describe girls in hot pants and mesh belly shirts? It looked like the Muppet Babies version of the Pussycat Dolls. Maybe the Pussykitten Dolls?


The point is that the act was not very good, and on top of being of low talent, it was offensive to see little girls dressed like streetwalkers on national TV. But this is a country where accused pedophiles get a national day of mourning, where a woman is allowed to quit her job and then claim she's not a quitter, and where more people watch Two and a Half Men than 30 Rock.


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