PopWatch asks: What's draggier, 'Toddlers and Tiaras' or 'RuPaul's Drag Race'? You can find out tonight!

Last Saturday night, the TLC cable network was littered with lots of women, strutting their stuff in ridiculous outfits and hoping that judges would pick them as the best. And tonight on the TLC cable network, it’s…more of the same! Only tonight, Miss America isn’t being chosen—we’re just telling you that there’s a NINE HOUR MARATHON OF TODDLERS & TIARAS! It airs from 6 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m.

Psyched? (If you’re not or don’t know what Toddlers & Tiaras is, see: left. And try not to be afraid.)

As I was looking at the rather scary photo we have from Toddlers & Tiaras here, I was struck by the fact that it’s actually very similar to what legend RuPaul and her queens do to themselves over on Logo’s super satisfying hit, RuPaul’s Drag Race. And: Just how similar is this photo similar to this one I posted of myself here on PopWatch yesterday? The similarities are uncanny.

If you want to delve deeper into this sociological conundrum—What’s draggier: Toddlers & Tiaras or RuPaul’s Drag Race?—you’re in luck! During tonight’s aforementioned Toddlers & Tiaras‘ marathon, Logo is re-airing the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the 10 p.m. hour. So between your teeny queens on TLC, you can flip over to Logo and see some big (boy) queens on Logo.

Then: Please discuss. Here, if you so choose.

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  • BrandonK

    This whole child-beauty queen thing is so disturbing on a number of levels. Yuck. At least the drag queens are adults.

  • sandy

    There is actually a huuuuuge difference between the two. The queens on RuPaul are adults who are electing to participate with informed consent. Another difference is they are not little girls growing up in a society rampant with the industrialized degradation of women. RuPaul? I don’t miss an episode. Toddlers? You could not f***ing pay me.

  • Lisa Simpson

    I think you have to take “Toddlers” as a cautionary tale on how not to raise a child.

  • Kristen

    Toddlers and Tiaras literally makes me sick to my stomach. It’s borderline child abuse. Gross gross gross!

    • Anna

      It’s not borderline, it’s flat out child abuse. Every single one of those parents should be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

      • Sara-Kate

        True. Kiddie “beauty” pageants = ick.

  • Stephanie T.

    Hmm, super fat moms dressing their girls up like las vegas strip club dancers or male adults turning their bodies into pieces of art. Yeah, tough call.

  • Jed

    Ah, leave it to the Gosselin Channel to air such putred crap like this and you wonder why kids are turning out the way they are. Thank their parents for that.

  • Sabrina

    Toddlers and Tiaras is SO not as hilarious as Little Miss Perfect on WE.

  • theresa

    Whatever happened to loving our children unconditionally? I watched one show of Toddlers and Tiaras out of curiosity only, and to say the least, I was totally disgusted that these women would do this to their precious daughters. Do these woman not realize the amount of pressure that society is putting on young girls. Television, vogue, cosmopolitan, to name a few is sending a message to society that we have to look as portrayed or we are not accepted. It’s up to us as mothers to love, support, encourage and teach our children that they are beautiful individuals. These so called mothers seem to have forgotten that morals and values are a few traits that make us beautiful. Any parent who chooses to send their 4 year old tanning should be committed. If we only saw the faces of these little girls during these pageants we would never say that they were between 4 and 10 years old….more likely between 15 and 20. And whats up with the outfits, I have an 18 year old daughter and I wouldn’t let her out of the house showing as much skin as these children are showing. I believe competition is healthy for a child, but why not put a pair of cleats on our kids, let them kick a soccer ball around, show them that competition can be fun, healthy, and a team effort. These little girls are growing up to be self centered, arrogant and thinking they are better than others and we have their very shallow parents to thank for that. TLC is one of my favorite stations however, I’m dissappointed that they would air a program that is doing nothing but soliciting innocent children!!

  • Emily

    Yes, some parents on Toddlers and Tiaras are abhorent, but those of you who say all the little girls are being forced into this obviously haven’t watched the show. There is usually at least one nice mom per episode who doesn’t care whether her kid wins or loses and says the most important thing is that the kid has fun. Sure, some moms say that and don’t mean it, but you can always tell who the nice moms are, and they DO exist in the pageant world. Some children love to be on stage and perform. They like to dress up and wear make-up. I know because I was one of those little girls. I always wanted to do pageants and my mom wouldn’t let me because she thought it was sick. I’m just saying, it IS really sad for the kids who are being forced to do it, and often it is abusive, but there are kids who decide to do it on their own. If you have kids you know they have their own distinct personalities and interests. I just don’t think all pageants should be villainized or that little girls who love to do is should be prevented from it just because some parents take it too far. Lots of parents take sports, dance, and academics too far and get abusive and forceful about those things too. Watch the show before you judge.

    • Janie

      Sorry, but there is no place in this world for these ludicrous pageants. The best part is that these clueless (usually obese) moms don’t realize just how ridiculous and laughable they are. It’s a disgusting trainwreck and if your kid wants to do it, just say NO! Since when do kids get to have the final say on what activity they’re involved in, especially when it’s as harmful as these awful debacles.

  • jer hns

    I’ve been to many strip clubs and have seen some strippers with more clothes and acted less slutty than what these parents force their children to do. just because their parents couldn’t cut it when they were kids, they feel justified for some reason to force their children to act like little horny bar sluts. These competitions have nothing to do with fashion.

  • Jessica Tripp

    Wow! You people are being as judgemental as the people and activity that your are tearing apart. My daughter has competed in beauty pageants for the last 5 years and has loved every minute of it. I have never forced her to do, say, or wear anything. These girls wear just as much or less than most girls who do dnace, ice skating, and especially volleyball. Have you seen those shorts? Yet no one has a problem with stage make-up and costumes/uniforms for these activities. “Some moms” force their children, “some moms” are obese, and “some moms” are mean to their children but that goes without saying in any activity children are involved in. I have heard stories of moms who have forced their children to practice paino until they have carpel tunnel, and cheer moms who have killed for their kids to be on a team. Every activity has psychos however there are many, many loving and encouraging moms who want their daughters to be proud of their abilities, their beauty, and learn public speaking and interview skills. This may not be the only forum to do this, but it is a fun one. Most of these girls are friends and love each other. They learn to lose and win gracefully, and know that a judgement on their beauty is just one person’s opinion that day. When they go to school and someone calls them names, these girls have the confidence to ignore it. Most of them are not snotty or slutty. The only people who talk poorly about pageants are those too ugly to do them or who have never had the courage to try them.

  • Kiana Wolf

    I have seen the trailer for Toddlers and Tiares, and the commentator said “SEXY.” How can you call little girls sexy?! I am okay with the natural beauty paegents but I am HORRIFIED of the “glitz” pageants. I understand if the girls want to be in a pageant but it is horrible when the moms force their kids to get an eyebrow waxing. I MEAN LIKE COME ON!!!!!!!!

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