Fans of the popular reality TV series "Toddlers and Tiaras" likely remember the young girl who was dressed up as Dolly Parton for a beauty pageant, complete with a padded bra and underwear in an attempt to mimic Parton's famously voluptuous figure. The girl's mother, who created her costume, later told cameras that she put in the pads for comic effect, stating that it was "really funny" when the girl came out on stage in the outfit.
Upon seeing the show, however, the girl's father was not nearly as amused. He says that the actions of his estranged wife in dressing the couple's daughter so provocatively caused her to be sexually exploited. He has filed a family court petition seeking sole custody of his daughter, who is now six years old.
The mother does not agree with the father's contentions, stating that the costume was never meant to be sexual. If the judge grants the father's request, she argues, that decision will "[open] the door for any parent to challenge anybody on any activity that a kid does."
Although the judge has yet to make his decision, the court-appointed psychologist in the case has found the costume to be inappropriate and recommended that the judge award primary custody to the father. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for the end of this month. However, until the decision is made, the judge has issued a temporary ban on any and all pageant-related activity.
What do you think? Should the mom lose custody over her costuming decision?
Source: ABC News, "Custody at Risk after 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Star Wears Fake Boobs, Butt," Jennifer Pereira and Sharde Miller, Aug. 20, 2012
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