The show “Toddlers & Tiaras” has been known to cause a lot of controversy with viewers.
Many viewers have criticized the show for glamorizing the child pageants and exploiting the young contestants. Many controversial moments of the show include showing a young girl with fake breasts, young drag queens, and a little girl learning how to pole dance. This time, “Toddlers & Tiaras” has spurred a lot of controversy due to a 4-year-old taking the stage with a cigarette in her mouth.
Christian Post reports that Destiny, the 4-year-old girl, was performing a scene from the hit musical Grease, in which Sandy wears leather from head to toe and smokes a cigarette. In order for her daughter to nail the scene and impress the judges, Destiny’s mother had her daughter perform with a lit cigarette in her hands.
“Don’t forget to smoke,” Destiny’s mother, Lisa, yelled from the sidelines.
Destiny’s mother did not see anything wrong with her daughter using the lit cigarette as a prop. Her mother said, “You know, Sandy was a good girl. She didn’t smoke either but she used it for image.”
According to Huffington Post, the judges and audience did not feel the same way as Destiny’s mother.
“Destiny has a cigarette!” a judge exclaimed. “What is (her mom, Lisa) thinking?!”
Due to using a cigarette at the age of four, Destiny lost points for inappropriateness. She may have lost points, but the young diva still managed to win Personality Supreme. Personality Supreme is an honor that Destiny has won before.
Even though, “Toddlers & Tiaras” fans have voiced their opinions online about the controversial topic, it is highly doubful that it will change Lisa’s take on it. According to Today, Lisa is very invested in Destiny’s pageant life.
“I think I like pageants so well, because when I was younger, growing up, I didn’t get to do anything like that,” Lisa explained earlier in the episode. “So I think I’m living my dreams through my little girl.”
Destiny, however, has admitted to liking pageants “because (her) mom says so”.