Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/14/2008

Beyonce's Bootylicious Kid Ads: Over the Line?

By Liz Kelly

(Image via PopGumbo.com)

Yep, we know Beyonce Knowles is bootylicious, but suddenly the pop diva turned designer is at the receiving end of a torrent of criticism for marketing that image to the second-grade set.

The latest from Beyonce's House of Dereon -- the fashion label she runs with mom Tina -- is "Dereon Girls." And while the clothes themselves may be innocuous enough (if trite and trendy), it is the advertisements featuring seven-year-olds in full makeup and high heels that has critics lining up to charge Beyonce with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Though the ads debuted last fall, they've been the target of a resurgent flurry of comments in the blogosphere:

Asks (NSFW) blog PopGumbo: "What is the next ad going to look like? Babies wearing gold metallic bikinis while five-year old boys throw Monopoly money on them."

Conservative critic Michelle Malkin, invoking JonBenet Ramsey's image and dubbing the child models "Little Girls Gone Wild", writes that Knowles "launched a girls clothing line that makes Miley [Cyrus]'s bare-backed glam session look like a Shirley Temple photo shoot." She was referring, of course, to the Vanity Fair pix that took the Web (and newsstands) by storm a couple of weeks back, causing a nice bump in sales of Vanity Fair and garnering Cyrus plenty of PR, though possibly spawning a hairline fracture in her status as a tween idol.

And, asks Ryan Tate over at Gawker, "However will Annie Leibovitz take edgy pictures of them when they reach the next break in the celebrity pipeline if they've already been dressing like this for ten years?"

What do you think?

By Liz Kelly  | May 14, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Highbrow, Miscellaneous  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Morning Mix: Oops, Britney Rear-Ends SUV
Next: Morning Mix: Twins For Brangelina

Comments

Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not ever, EVER, put you child in this crap!!! I am truly nauseous.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey, kids! Get your "dress-up" pimp hat here at Dereon, the exclusive brand for people with more money than sense!

(p.s. FIRST!)

Posted by: m.a.t. | May 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Darn.

Make that:
(p.s. SECOND!)

Posted by: m.a.t. | May 14, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

well, for starters the clothes are RIDICULOUS! (sorry for shouting.)
I don't think those pics look sexual, per se, but they definitely made me think of JonBenet Ramsey and that was prior to seeing the Michelle Malkin quote.

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

God help me, I am about to agree with Michele Malkin -- these pictures do resemble those beauty contest photos of JonBenet Ramsey.

I am not sure what I think of several inch high heels being sold to kids.

Posted by: skm | May 14, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I didn't agree with the poll selections--these photos are vampy and ridiculous, but they don't 'oversexualize' the kids. Everyone is well covered. I agree, however, that while the boas add to the 'dress-up' idea, the makeup, hair, and postures of these pint-sized models aren't cool or edgy; they're overdone, too adult, and sad. Kids should look like kids, not urban street thugs and club-hoppers.

Posted by: second look | May 14, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

This is pretty much the end of decent civilization. Hopefully, this is the end of Beyonces career as well. And I kind of liked her before just now finding out she is a pervert.

Posted by: DW | May 14, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

That's a good way to ensure your kid gets the crap beat out of them at school. I mean...wow.

Posted by: rocklin | May 14, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The adult clothes from House of Dereon are shiny and tacky, so why should the kids' line be any different? The little girls' outfits look more like costumes than something a kid would actually wear to go to school or play in. Feather boas and mardi gras beads? I can get them cheaper at Toys R Us, and the quality would seem about the same.

Posted by: JanetK | May 14, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Actually, they look more like they are trying to be the Millenial version of the Pink Ladies than anything else. Like a little kids' gang trying to be tough -- and failing miserably.

Tacky, yes. Hilarious, most definitely. Dangerous view of children, not hardly.

Posted by: ep | May 14, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Normally, I want to b*tch slap Michelle Malkin. However, I agree with her. Girls are under tremendous amount of pressure to grow up fast.

Besides, these clothes look too complicated to wrestle your kids into, then take them to the playground.

However, I guess if I lived in LA, I would take the kids clubbing with me. Being short like that the kids more more easily navigate to the bar to get mommy's cocktails.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Who buys 4in heels for their kid to play "dress up" in?? The point with dress up (back in the day..hee) was that you'd try your mom's much too big on you high heels on and look goofy and have momentary little kiddish fun. Those hooker pumps appear to be what the kid is seriously planning to wear to kindergarten that day..not ok!

Posted by: erm | May 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Ditto Methinks. I don't think they are oversexualized though, tacky, yes.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

You can bet that Beyonce's daughter will never be seen wearing to tacky clothes to a $25,000 a yr pre-school.

Posted by: Lisa1 | May 14, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"However, I guess if I lived in LA, I would take the kids clubbing with me. Being short like that the kids more more easily navigate to the bar to get mommy's cocktails.

Posted by: | May 14, 2008 11:12 AM"

Dina Lohan, is that you?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

...and the worst thing is, these girls are nowhere near as hot as JonBenet was.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Yes, yes, yes, I know. Tasteless. And the Lindbergh baby was killed too.

Posted by: byoolin pleads guilty to Felony Schadenfreude. | May 14, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, I just typed a big-ol' rant of my own about how hard it is to buy basic playclothes for little girls that don't look like streetwalker wear, and my post disappeared. (I blame Beyonce for the technical difficulty. Stupid grrl.)

Posted by: td | May 14, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Granted the clothes look tacky but it's Beyonce's mom so that's in line with what I'd expect. While I don't think oversexualized when I see them, my first thought was that the little girls were playing dress up. I take issue with the use of heels and make-up. Although I know little girls sometimes get into mom's make-up and heels something about these shots go over the line for me.

By the by, I sense another BKD in the making.

Posted by: petal | May 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Is it bad that I really like the little girls' red heels for myself (26 year old female)? I feel like the Wicked Witch who wants Dorothy's ruby red slippers.

Posted by: unmute | May 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Is it wrong that I find the bigger issue to be that that darling little Asian girl looks utterly miserable? I just want to take her home and give her some better clothes and burn that hat. And those jeans.

And I don't even like kids!

But really, if you're trying to sell clothes that make your models cry, you're doing something wrong.

Posted by: MB | May 14, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It is a crying shame that Deborah Jane Palfrey chose suicide instead of life. She could have made a mint from within her cell at Club Fed by outdoing Beyonce with the Escort Line of young girls' clothing.

"Be the classiest 'ho in yo' preschool class with Deb's Escort Line of young girl glamor."

Such a shame......Deborah Jane Palfrey could have made a strategic alliance with Verizon Wireless to show little girls dressed in Deb's Escort Line making booty calls via Verizon Wireless.

"Can you do me now? Good!"

Posted by: Sasquatch, racing Byoolin to the botom of the barrel | May 14, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

whenever i see kids tarted up like that i always get the feeling that they're not doing it because they enjoy it, they're doing it because mommy enjoys it. or enjoys the cash, more likely.

i guess what i see is four future therapy patients....

Posted by: b | May 14, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Some weird guy is going to get off on these pictures. That's all there is to it and if Beyonce and her mom don't understand that, they need to go back to school.

Posted by: possum | May 14, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

is that boy in the top left photo or just a girl with really short hair? i can't tell and it's really throwing me off. well that and the tack-tastic clothes. they make a Vegas street walker look like the church lady.

Posted by: melissamac1 | May 14, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Tacky, whorish, and a pedophile's dream.

Posted by: jelo | May 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Possum, unfortunately, creept gets off on them just being kids, running around in regular kid's clothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I first saw the ads in "Cookie" magazine and was really appalled. Provocative poses, sexy getup all have their place- in the ADULT world. This is nothing more than soft porn pedophilia,IMO.

Posted by: plamar1031 | May 14, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

God help Beyonce & JayZ's kid when it arrives if this is what they're gonna dress him/her in.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Really, really tacky stuff, and as someone else posted, this just looks like 'way too much trouble to even get your kids into these clothes. I don't think they look oversexualized (except for the make-up) ... they just look ridiculous. And like the rest of the House of Dereon line, they don't rate qualification as "designer wear" ... Poor Mom just has no talent.

Posted by: tootsumi523 | May 14, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's the $90 high heels (that's two things wrong!) that get to me.

Posted by: SaraBeth | May 14, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

NEVER would I purchase House Of D for myself, let alone for any child I know. They should be ashamed, but they aren't because some idiot out there is buying it and they are making millions a year off our stupidity. Hell to the NAH!

Posted by: Never | May 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It is a dam shame!!!!! I agree some creep is going to get off on the pictures.

Posted by: wind | May 14, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought the models WERE wearing 'adult-size' heels...as if they were playing in mom's closet...the whole thing just struck me as a staged group of little girls playing dress-up. Certainly, the outfits and makeup are no worse (actually, probably MORE decent) than the outfits little girls dress up in at that awful Club Libby Lou place at the mall...or, as others have pointed out, typical beauty pageant/dance recital wear. Honestly, I have no problem with this ad - I think it's the natural result of giving baby girls Barbies and "Bratz" dolls for years - this is the image most little girls they think they are *supposed* to adopt to be beautiful/popular/a 'big girl'. MC, on the other hand...well, IMO that's an entirely different story. Long story short - this ad is not corrupting or titillating anyone more than they already have been. Parents, caregivers, siblings, etc. need to consciously set forth positive examples if they disapprove of this sort of thing - not just rail against pop culture!

Posted by: KS8284 | May 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Much as I hate to admit ANY common thoughts with Michelle Malkin, my first thought when I saw these was also JonBenet Ramsey. Ick.

WTF is Cookie magazine? Sounds skeevy.

Posted by: Californian | May 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Little girls in denim is oversexualized! Please! Although, I don't care for the line there is nothing out of order here. The little girls are in oversized heals. I'm sure those who have daughters have seen their child put on their shoes. Folks are really reaching.

Posted by: renee | May 14, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much the clothes but the attitude. The clothes themselves aren't "sexy" - not revealing, though pretty tacky. It's that these children take the "back off" poses/attitudes of adult model, even as they are portrayed to be dressing up with feather boas and too-big shoes. As mother of a daughter that age, trust me when I tell you that you could put together those SAME outfits from the clothes at Wal-mart, Kmart or Target. Sorry, but this ad doesn't shock me. There's a lot of terrible stuff out there now, since children and tweeners are marketed to more heavily than ever before. It's up to the parent to turn off the tap. *stepping off my soap box now!*

Posted by: rachelt | May 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much the clothes but the attitude. The clothes themselves aren't "sexy" - not revealing, though pretty tacky. It's that these children take the "back off" poses/attitudes of adult model, even as they are portrayed to be dressing up with feather boas and too-big shoes. As mother of a daughter that age, trust me when I tell you that you could put together those SAME outfits from the clothes at Wal-mart, Kmart or Target. Sorry, but this ad doesn't shock me. There's a lot of terrible stuff out there now, since children and tweeners are marketed to more heavily than ever before. It's up to the parent to turn off the tap. *stepping off my soap box now!*

Posted by: rachelt | May 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the second Cookie magazine reference I've come across today, which is fascinating because I've never heard of this magazine. Slate gives a good idea of what the magazine is all about.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/xxfactor/archive/2008/05/13/are-you-having-an-affair.aspx

Posted by: michael | May 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Parents, caregivers, siblings, etc. need to consciously set forth positive examples if they disapprove of this sort of thing - not just rail against pop culture!"

Posted by: KS8284 | May 14, 2008 12:44 PM
--------

Clearly you have never tried to buy simple, decent clothes for children, girls especially. If you had, you would know that finding "positive examples" is an exercise in futility sometimes.

Much as I would like to pull out my sewing machine and whip up some 1950s clothes so my kids don't look like prostitutes or criminals, life just ain't that easy.

Posted by: give me a break | May 14, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, either every girl in my son's second grade class is a tomboy, or nobody is wearing anything remotely close to this in the real world.

Besides, if a seven-year-old girl had the balance to wear those heels, she should be getting exploited by the US gymnastics team rather than by the fashion industry.

Posted by: 44west | May 14, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Polly Flinders and Osh Gosh? These kids look younger than 2nd grade and way too adult. As others have pointed out, not overly sexualised, but way too adult. I am sick and tired of the commercial world out there taking away childhoods. It's nearly impossible to find children's clothes that don't look like shrunken adult clothes. Shame...

Posted by: expat51 | May 14, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

These clothes are hilarious, if only because Beyonce's mother thinks they are actually cute clothes to put little girls in. The kids look very unhappy. If that's the best pro photographers can coax out of these kids, they must be pretty bad.

Are those adult heels or little girl heels the Asian child is wearing? The made up little boy is cracking me up. (I know it's probably a girl, but it's funnier to think it's a boy.)

Posted by: atb | May 14, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

They just look like Bratz dolls to me and although I personally loathe that line of toys; someone is buying them for their little girls.
God help anyway who digests anything the ever hateful and mean-spirited Michelle Malkin has to say.

Posted by: dcet | May 14, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I was buying my son some Toughskin jeans over a decade ago and saw the skimpy outfits being sold to 8-12 year old girls and was very glad I don't have a daughter.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the unusual posters? Has Celebritology been mentioned by Ms. She-Whom-Must-Not-Named herself?

MM is just a failed Kimora wannabe. Had she been more business savvy and married more successfully, those could be her clothes modeled above. Sounds more like a case of sour grapes.

Glad to see registered sex offenders need look no further than the KMart catalog mailings, soon featuring Dereon for Girls.

Posted by: From Texting Tweeners to Malkin Drones? | May 14, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Normally, I want to b*tch slap Michelle Malkin.

I love her. She tells it like it is!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The clothes for kids are just as tacky as the clother for adults. I am really wondering who is buying this stuff since all I hear about is how the clothes fit poorly and are overpriced.

And we must remember Beyonce has not always been the fashion diva that she is now. Remember the Destiny's Child days and the Tina Knowles' originals before she started wearing designer clothes that her mother did not make.

Posted by: yanni1976 | May 14, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Your disparaging remarks about M. Malkin have been noted and reported back to the hive queen. The Malkin Republic will not accept such impunity!

Leaving the Malkin Mind has made me weak, I must watch M. Malkin in her cheerleader uniform again:
http://wonkette.com/politics/michelle-malkin/malkins-site-now-requires-adult-id-check-255240.php
The mind of Coulter, the body of a Goddess... Malkin for President?

Posted by: Malkinoid 1138 | May 14, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I am against children as models and now that cgi has gotten so good I believe that children should not be allowed in movies or t.v. either. I am not for over-regulation but damn all these kids been fed into the meat grinder for entertainment, It cannot be right.

Posted by: what? | May 14, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd leave my wife and kid for Malkin. Methinks has nothing on Malkin.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd pay good money to see someone *1tch-slap Michelle Malkin.

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

With all the preproduction advertisement work that goes on in ad campaigns what bothers me most is that a room full of people sat down, came up with this and approved it.

I would love to know how they came up with dressing little girls like video vixens and I would love to know what made Beyonce agree...

Posted by: GLT | May 14, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"I would love to know how they came up with dressing little girls like video vixens and I would love to know what made Beyonce agree..."

1. Visions of getting young girls to watch commercials, want to dress up like them, and tug on their Mom's purse.

2. Money. (See "Mom's purse" above)

Posted by: ... | May 14, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse


Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not ever, EVER, put you child in this crap!!! I am truly nauseous.

Posted by: | May 14, 2008 10:54 AM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I hope you meant that you are NAUSEATED.

(Sorry, this is a pet peeve. But, if you are nauseous, you induce nausea. Think of poison/poisonous/poisoned. Class dismissed.)

Posted by: dictionary, please | May 14, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'd leave my wife and kid for Malkin. Methinks has nothing on Malkin.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 2:13 PM

*******

Listen, just because I make jokes about the Lindbergh baby doesn't mean I think just anything is funny. Michelle Malkin's one of the reasons I think there can't possibly be a loving, caring God in the Universe.

And Evgeni Malkin is one of the reasons I think the Penguins will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

HUH? byoolin

Why don't you like her? Is it because she is tough on illegals? Really, I am just wondring.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

And Michael Milken is why we have a market for a high-yield bonds.

And Milkman is who knocked up my mom, but dad still thinks I'm his.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

As for the diss on methinks, that was also uncalled for. Utterly beyond the pale.

Here's an example of the depth of my contempt for Ms. Malkin: I'd sooner spend a weekend locked in a room with Paris Hilton.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

good taste byoolin. Id rather spend a weekend locked ina room with paris hilton too!

Posted by: TAG | May 14, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Milkman gets around. (Although he is much more conspicuous nowadays, what with nobody really still delivering milk anywhere.)

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The most important thing here is not the clothes or the ads themselves but rather that parents don't choose to buy the clothes for their daughters or allow them to dress like Sesame Street Walkers.

http://drrobyn.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/beyonce%e2%80%99s-sesame-street-walkers-bootylicious-babes-or-pimped-out-preemies/

We need to remember that while many parents have been up in arms about the highly sexualized Bratz dolls, as the CEO of Bratz doll manufacturer, Isaac Larian, reminds us that his company has sold more than 125 million worldwide in the seven or eight years the dolls have been on the market.

While the ads are ridiculous and offensive, we can't control what the media does-- they're protected under several US rights, whether we like it or not. However, parents can step in and control the media that comes into their homes. They can also control what walks out of their homes. It's not the media itself but how parents choose to react that is most critical.

Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman
http://www.DrRobynsBlog.com

Posted by: Dr. Robyn Silverman | May 14, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Milkman wouldn't happen to be the infamous Milkman Dan, would he?

http://www.redmeat.com/redmeat/2002-12-10/index.html

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Sesame Street Walkers"! Brilliant.

Milkman Dan is The Best. (And consequently, blocked here at the FSCFWIW.)

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

All the milkmen are disappearing into a house in the London suburbs. That is why they are so scarce.

Posted by: possum | May 14, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps its connected to Colony Collapse Disorder? Does the loss of milkmen in London have any connection to the loss of honeybees worldwide?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Dead Milkmen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Milkmen) are the best.

And it's OK, byoolin, Michelle's pretty hot. If you were to leave me for anyone, I'd prefer it be Ms. Malkin.

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Just to throw a historical note in here, back in the Middle ages/Rennaissaince, children wore smaller versions of adult clothes. Right down to the stomacher for women and other uncomfortable things. They were also betrothed at young ages. The concept of childhood, teenage years, etc. is a fairly modern concept.

NOt saying forcing kids to grow up too soon and dressing them like Sesame Street Walkers is a good thing, just noting the history.

Posted by: ep | May 14, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It's the hair and makeup that creep me out.
I guess I dismissed the shoes as obviously unreasonable without even thinking about it. I have a daughter in school, and there's always tussling about belts and long enough skirts and wide enough straps, etc. But no middle schooler ever looks sexy to a sane person.
It's that weird, plastic wig-and-mask look that these kids have that's disturbing, much more than the actual icky, overpriced clothes.

Posted by: other liz | May 14, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

FSCFWIW???!?!

WTF?

The only hits I get when I google FSCFWIW are self references to Byoolin's blog. So what is FSCFWIW? ....For What Its Worth?????

Posted by: NFC Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

All the milkmen are disappearing into a house in the London suburbs. That is why they are so scarce.

Posted by: possum | May 14, 2008 3:02 PM

*********

I love the voiceover: "Some of them -[pause]- are very old."


'Squatch, FSCFWIW = Financial Services Company For Which I Work.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Michelle Malkin's one of the reasons I think there can't possibly be a loving, caring God in the Universe."

byoolin, that makes me think of one of my favorite Far Side cartoons, where God is sprinkling salt-shakers of various kinds of people on the planet (tall, short, etc.) and is in the process of sprinkling on "Jerks". The caption says: "And just to keep it interesting ... "

Don't know about loving and caring, but certainly has a sense of humor.

Posted by: Californian | May 14, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

And Byoolin, when are you going to update that old trebuchet with a more modern weapon...like this one, for example?


http://www.saroff.com/shows/pumpkin_chukin/1.jpg

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

byoolin, keep the trebuchet, I keep a miniature version of one on my desk.

Posted by: michael | May 14, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

'Squatch, while I can't help but admire the crosshairs - something about aiming at a specific spot in a big blue sky amuses me - I'm keeping the trebuchet.

My ancestors came to Canada via trebuchet and even though they never walked again, they never forgot how important it was in getting them there.

Posted by: byoolin | May 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, the FSCFWByoolinW uses a trebuchet in lieu of EFT.

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Beyonce to market this to little girls:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080514/od_nm/japan_bra_odd_dc;_ylt=ArGLORpLlo5N0Wum5NY2h.ms0NUE

What this means is that all those who we thought misheard the lyrics to Benny & the Jets were correct all along.

She DOES have electric boobs. And her mom does, too.

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

byoolin, did i do something to make you angry?

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing sexualized about these clothes. They are just dumb. These products are intended for mommies who want to treat their daughters as large dress up dolls. No child would ever want to wear these clothes.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

OK, now since we've brought up milkmen and "Benny and the Jets" I have a totally off-topic question for Elton fans (i am not one of them) But this is driving me bonkers. On my favorite "cool jazz" radio station (actually sucks...the only station audible in my office), I heard this song: "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues." Does Elton REALLY sing this:
Loving like children
Living like lovers
Rolling like wombats
Under the covers
I guess that's why they call it the blues.

Wombats? Please help.

Posted by: possum | May 14, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard about these ads...not as bad as I thought. However, the girls still look a little grown. The make-up, the clothing...not oversexual but still enough to get a pedo off if you get my drift.

Posted by: WhereDidTheSunGo? | May 14, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Possum, c'mon...
just google it...

And I guess that's why they call it the blues
Time on my hands could be time spent with you
Laughing like children, living like lovers
Rolling like thunder under the covers
And I guess that's why they call it the blues

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

this from the woman who didn't take the time to google ashley tisdale. my bad.

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

methinks,

You already answered this, but it is very clearly rolling like thunder. I don't think the word thunder could be any more clear in that song.
Now if someone could just explain "like a douche in the middle of then night."

Posted by: dw | May 14, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I think the poses are what bother me the most: the arms akimbo, blank stare poses, and the vamp poses are just not natural for kids, and I think that's what gives the children's pictures a sexualized overtone.

To me it would convey "little girls playing dress up" if there were natural, kid-like gestures involved. For instance, kids playing.

The problem being, the clothes themselves are overly ornate and fussy. And silly. I mean, a feather boa?

I don't know what it's like to shop for little girls clothes these days, but 'bootylicious' wouldn't be on my list of desired qualities.

Posted by: NW DC | May 14, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Jack Black breaks the news: Angelina Jolie expecting twins

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/ny-etjolie0514,0,5725047.story

How soon before the Jolie-Pitt kids do an ad for Benetton?? LOL...

Posted by: WDC 21113 | May 14, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

byoolin, baby? you never did answer me. did i do something to make you angry?

if it'll help, i'll wear dereon girls jeans and a boa

Posted by: methinks | May 14, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Possum asks"

"Does Elton REALLY sing this:
Loving like children
Living like lovers
Rolling like wombats
Under the covers
I guess that's why they call it the blues.

Wombats? Please help."

Possum, you have added an excellent Mondegreen to the catalog. For more on Mendegreens, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen

Friday List suggestion: Best Mondegreens of All Time

My candidate for best:

"Actin' funny
And I don't know why.
'Scuze me
While I kiss this guy"

Posted by: Sasquatch, lookin' for a bathroom on the right | May 14, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

dw, the Mondegreen aritcle I cited contains an entry on "wrapped up like a douche."

Differences in actual lyrics aside, I'm guessing that Manfred Mann''s command of English as a second language gave rise to the mispronunciation of deuce as "douche."

What a deuce bag!

Posted by: Sasquatch, cuttin loose like a deuce | May 14, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

shoot. the handle-thieves are at it again. i will refrain from posting for a while to let it die down.

Posted by: the actual methinks | May 14, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Though I did post the Elton lyrics for possum and write the 4:33 post.

Posted by: the actual methinks | May 14, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the Dead Milkmen. I am suddenly transported to my middle school days.

My favorite Mondegreens:

Whitney Houston: "'Cause I'm shavin' off my muff for youuuuu...."

The Rolling Stones ("Beast of Burden"): "I'll never leave your pizza burnin'"

The Ramones ("I Wanna Be Sedated"): "I wanna piece of bacon..."

And I always thought the Dire Straits were singing, "Money for nothing and your checks for free." My roughly six year-old brain wondered why banks didn't leap at using the song to advertise free checking.

Posted by: musicgeek | May 14, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Musicgeek, your Whitney Houston Mondegreen has ruined my productivity for the rest of the day. I can't do much except laugh...and wonder if Whitney really did go Brazilian.

Posted by: Sasquatch | May 14, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It must have been my tiny, tinny radio w/static.
Still, "wombats" might in fact be a better lyric than "thunder". Aren't they marsupials? I guess I could google that, too....

Posted by: possum | May 14, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Angelina needs to stop having/adopting children (she is like an animal hoarder, IMO) and I think that those pictures need to be taken down for the pure fact that Beyonce and her mom make ugly clothes.

Posted by: VAtoLA | May 14, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought you were kidding around when you wrote that wombat lyric because I think they are, indeed, marsupials. Just like your namesake. And though I thought I knew it without googling, I googled just to be sure.

Posted by: methinks to possum | May 14, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

My favorite Mondegreen (thanks for the Wikipedia link) is when my niece used to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:"

"Up above the world so high
Like McDonald's in the sky."

And I swear (even though no one believes me) that when Go West sings "King of Wishful Thinking" and there's that one time without accompaniment, the guy sings:

"I'll pretend my sh*t's not stinking."

Posted by: td | May 14, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself a pretty progressive, open-minded person, but this garbage Beyonce and her hanger-on mom is pushing is truly vomit-inducing.
I hope this line fails, miserably. Shame on you, Beyonce!

Posted by: vegasgirl | May 14, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Whoever did the hair and makeup on the tykes ought to be shot.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 14, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember Eddie Money and "Two Chickens to Paralyze?"

and I seem to remember that Aerosmith had a line in "Walk This Way" that I swear sounded like "put your titty in the middle"...

Posted by: Angela | May 14, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Check out www.kissthisguy.com - all about misheard lyrics, with entries like what you heard, when you heard it, when your misheard lyrics were "outed" (in the car on a first date), and if you like your lyrics better. Prepare to waste lots of time!! The name is in reference to the misheard Jimi Hendrix song lyrics, "'scuze me while I kiss this guy" instead of "kiss the sky" (cause I just realized the web name looks like a joke!).

Posted by: rachelt | May 14, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Malkin is what we in Alabama call sick-in-the-head (a well-earned label when the creepy commentator stalked and harassed a family that was lobbying for better health care).

But, I digress. I saw the Beyonce article on Malkin's blog and I have to say that even a broken clock is right, well, once in this case.

Posted by: Samir | May 14, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

@give me a break - actually, my mom has managed to dress my 12-year-old sister (and me, but that was back in the late 80s/early 90's) in totally non-skanky clothes. In fact, we actually give my baby sister a hard time for not being more fashionable - she can't stand Abercrombie kids, and is usually found in solid-colored (striped if she's feeling adventurous) Old Navy t-shirts and jeans or track pants. Sure, there's a lot of tacky junk out there, but to quote Tim Gunn...'edit' :) T-shirts, jeans, and athletic-type clothes are always available at every price point.

Posted by: KS8284 | May 15, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"I'd pay good money to see someone *1tch-slap Michelle Malkin"

From the WaPo's "Post a Comment" guidelines, second paragraph, first sentence:
"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site"

If this isn't a personal attack I don't know what is.

What is it with you WaPo editors? Do you tolerate threats of violence when those threats are made against Conservatives?

How sick is that?

Posted by: paul a'barge | May 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Someone please b*tch slap the above commenter for being a thin-skinned whiner.

Mean-spirited conservative bloggers can dish it but they sure can't take it!

Posted by: Samir | May 15, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I don't find anything wrong with the outfits themselves. I would let my daughter wear that minus the ridiculous hats, the shoes, and the overdone hair and makeup.

Posted by: Candace | May 16, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

3 words: HOT GHETTO MESS!

I'm B's age and frankly, there is nothing cute about these clothes, not for me, and DEFINITELY not for a pre-schooler.

What a horrible mess!

No wonder our young girls want to grow up to be "Video Vixens" instead of doctors and lawyers.

As a young, professional, black woman, I have to say I'm disappointed in Beyonce and her mom. This is absolute trash!

Posted by: Jazmin | May 16, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Test

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2008 5:03 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe Beyonce is being so heavily critized. The theme for the was supposed to be a little girl playing "dress up" and wanting to resemble an older female figure in her life: the House of Dereon collection. The collection won't supply 6" heels to seven year old girl. It's just trying to say that if you wear the line that you can be as cute and trendy ad your older sister or your mom. It's not saying that the sultry or sensual design of some of the House of Dereon clothes will be present but it's hoping to capture girls at a young age as consumers and hopefully keep them into adult hood. There isn't any disgrace to these ads, the kids aren't exposing themselves and the kid who buys the clothes won't go around wearing heels and makeup just because the girl in the add wears it because we have parents there to teach them and if the parent can't step up and be a parent and explain to the the child the difference between the fantasy of ads and the reality of real life then it's not Beyonce that needs to be reviewed it is the parents of America.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what the big deal is yall flipping out over something that's nothing.If u don't want your kids to wear it then don't let them.Now I'm 11 about to be 12 and I'm into fashion I love fashion but anyways I wear Derion but I'm tall so I don't wear the that line for the lil kids and beyonce is my idol and i don't apprecate yall calling her perverts or hookers and all that I know beyonce personally and I'm sure she don't appreciate it either.Don't think oh because she is young she don't know what she's talking about because believe me I surely do I'm very very very smart and when I wear Derion I don't look like a hooker or none of that I wear name brand clothing all the time and like i said I'm tall so i wear them the actual house of derion line instead of the kids.Don't get mad at me because I voiced my opinion but like i said if u don't like it so much then don't look at,buy it for your kids,or call beyonce perverts and hookers because she not.

Posted by: Kiara | May 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I feel that everyone is being over sensitive. As a parent of two, I would not allow my daughter to wear 7 inch heals to school, but she may wear them playing dress up around the house; I would not send her out doors like that, its pretend it's innocent. The girls in this picture are all covered up, nothing is reveling, there is a bit to much make up but its a photo shot lighten up and stop being so critical...If we are going to criticize anything lets criticize Barbie's and the message of beauty they send to our daughters, or the Brat Dolls on how provocative there clothes are, or Hannah Montana and how much make up she wears or how short some of her skirts are when she jumps around on stage. I bet half the parents that posted comments would run and get a Hannah Montana CD even after the permissive photos that were released with her and some boy. Trust me our kids have been influenced by things worst then clothes. As parents we determine what they wear and honestly I do not see anything wrong with the clothes these girls, have on it is defiantly more then what some of our children see on TV. I agree with Candace. I think the clothes are cute if you take away the makeup, feathers, and heals. It is a little over done. We get so caught up in the little things that we do not see the message, and the message is not to teach girls to be vixens or prostitutes. Who do little girls look up to? There MOMS or woman that leave an impression in there life. Beyonce's is a person that has left an impression on some of our little girl's life. These clothes represent her and little girls wanting to be like her. "Dress Up"

Posted by: Mom of 2 | May 19, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she should have debutted in Japan!!!

Posted by: Alice | May 21, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I must agree with all the other bloogers, I don't see anything sexual about these ads. A little over-the-top, yes, but it is clearly the sign-of-the-times. This line is going nowhere folks, so stop hating which a LOT of you are doing. If you don't know what is happening around you, please read and listen and see. Beyonce didn't start it. How many of you who criticized her give your daughters Barbie dolls??? The mainstream media has your mind all messed up. Those who feel its sexual need to stop, your ignorance is overwhelming. And you my friend are the most dangerous. Those people who make molehills into mountains for the sake of destroying others. Hope you're having fun, but you really need to find something useful to do instead.

Posted by: Alice | May 21, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I must agree with all the other bloogers, I don't see anything sexual about these ads. A little over-the-top, yes, but it is clearly the sign-of-the-times. This line is going nowhere folks, so stop hating which a LOT of you are doing. If you don't know what is happening around you, please read and listen and see. Beyonce didn't start it. How many of you who criticized her give your daughters Barbie dolls??? The mainstream media has your mind all messed up. Those who feel its sexual need to stop, your ignorance is overwhelming. And you my friend are the most dangerous. Those people who make molehills into mountains for the sake of destroying others. Hope you're having fun, but you really need to find something useful to do instead.

Posted by: Alice | May 21, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

This is all so subjective, but it's definitely a lightning rod for controversy.

Of equal concern to many is how tweens are being marketed to:
http://responsiblemarketing.com/blog/?p=284


Posted by: Patrick Byers | May 23, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hello dear ladies and gentlemen!
I would like inform you that Scarlett Johansson (actress) actually is a clone from original person, which has nothing with acting career. That clone was created illegally by using stolen biological material. Original person is very nice (not damn sexy), most important - CHRISTIAN young lady!
I'll tell you guys more, that clones (it's not only one) made in GERMANY - world leader manufacturer of humans clones, it is in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, North Bavaria, Mr. Helmut Kohl home town. You can not even imaging the scale of the cloning activity. But warning! Helmut Kohl clone staff 100% controlling all their clones spreading around the world, they are very accurate with that, some of them are still NAZI type disciplined and mind controlled clones, so be careful get close with clones you will be controlled as well. Think wise..
Apparently those clones is very actively shown on your website . This is just a warning, because original person is not happy about those images and video, rumors and etc., in that way it would be really nice if you try slow down that ''actress'' career development on your website, original Scarlett's parents will really appreciated that. Please do that, do not wait until FBI agent give you a call with questions. Please remember that original family did not authorize any activity with stolen biological materials, no matter what form it was created, it all need to be return back to original family control to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Original Scarlett is not engage!
Her close friend Serg J.-G.
P.S.
H.R. 534, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003, was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2003. After discussion, it was passed on February 27 by a vote of 241-155. It now moves on to the Senate for consideration. This bill makes it unlawful for any person or entity to perform or participate in human cloning, or to ship or receive embryos produced by human cloning. The penalties are imprisonment of up to 10 years and fines of $1 million or more.
These now join other nations as diverse as Norway, Australia, and Germany, which had already added cloning for any purpose to their criminal code. And in Germany where it carries a penalty of five years imprisonment they know a thing or two about unethical science.

Posted by: Serg J.-G. | May 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company