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Follow Up to Pageant Moms in the Media

Thursday, 19 May 2011 16:01

I was both relieved and troubled to read today that the story about Kerry Campbell, the mother who claimed to inject her 8-year-old daughter Brittany with botox, was a hoax.

I am relieved because it was dangerous behavior, and thank goodness that little girl didn't have to go through that. I am relieved because I really, truly hoped that pageants hadn't devolved to that level - and I was right. They haven't, and they won't.

On the other hand, I remain troubled because Brittany ( or whatever her real name may be ) still has a mother who is willing to lie and put her on national television for...what? Fame? Infamy? I am still not sure, because the story resulted in mother and child being separated.

I am stomping mad because this woman posed as a pageant mom and perpetuated the stereotype that pageant mothers are extremists, willing to do anything. It is so sad that this story, on some level, was...believable.

And finally, whether the botox was a truth or an elaborate hoax, I maintain my original conclusion—this is abusive behavior. It's abusive to lie and teach your child to lie, and to put your child in the national spotlight and in the hands of Child Protectice Services for a media prank.

What do you guys think? Am I overreacting to a white lie? Or is there more to this?