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May 14th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

McGraw: Girls' dancing to Beyonce 'inappropriate'

Last night on AC360°, Anderson spoke with Dr. Phil McGraw about a popular video on the web where 7-year-old girls dance to Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies." Watch the video here. Sound off in the comments below.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Shark Goddess

    What were the parents thinking letting their little girls dress like that, let alone dance to THAT song? Those are little girls, NOT little women. Let them be little girls! Don't parade them around like little tawdry tarts like that! Kids are being pushed to grow and be mini adults too fast as it is! This doesn't help that. Kids are having sex at younger age now. The parents of these children neeed to be counseled on how to be a parent, not pimps! They need a can of verbal whoopass opened on them by Dr.Phil!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Shantel

    I think this dance is plain disgusting! I have a 6 year old daughter that takes ballet, and some of the dance recital dances and costumes that I have witnessed were inappropriate (my daughter was not in "THOSE classes"), but nothing as bad as this video. I picked a dance instructor that was professional, who picked appropriate costumes and dances for the age group she was teaching.

    Just what we need, more bad role models and bad choices for our children. And to put the video on youtube! AWFUL! People need to start questioning things like this and not just "go with the flow". As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children what is right, and modeling proper behavior, not subjecting them to questionable behavior.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  3. Renee

    Trying to prove that "u" can dance is going to far. These are children and the dance is clearly choreographed and not from their own accord, so these people need to step back and realize that Beyonce is a grown woman, she can do that...not these children.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  4. kp

    i think that the costumes were poor judgement. if the girls were in jeans and baseball caps this video would be all over the web entirely based on their amazing talent.
    the dance moves, well, i don't think the majority of young girls sign up for dance lessons to learn to waltz, they sign up to learn to dance like beyonce.
    although i understand people's concern for the girls i think it is a shame that the adults in this situation are being vilified because of the deviant thoughts of others.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  5. May in Virginia

    I don't think the dancing is all too horrible, it does have a little...."sass" to it, but it's also a hip hop competition, that goes with the culture of urban dance. Personally, I saw more twirling and "fine dance" moves there, then I saw urban moves. I have seen young kids dancing a lot more provocative then those young ladies are. However, the costumes are totally inappropriate, and in turn makes the whole routine, dance moves and all, inappropriate as well. Had they done the same routine, song, choreography and all, fully clothed, we would most likely not even been talking about this now.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  6. AngieRose

    Ratna, New York, NY: How ca you say that the dancing is innocent? The little girls grabbed there chests, where a grown woman would have breasts; how can you say that is innocent?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  7. Romel M.

    Hold the parents accountable. Not Beyonce. I think us responsible parents can all agree: we'd never let OUR kids do this.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  8. Lynn

    How incredibly sad for these little girls. One day they will look back and realize the adults, the ones who are supposed to love and protect them, failed to do so and instead allowed this all in the name of a competition. It will break their hearts one day.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Dave in Louisiana

    This is a mirror of how sick our society has become. MTV generation parents need their head examined!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  10. Mia

    Dr. Phil asks; where do they go from here? Maybe to Miss America – they're now posing in Victoria Secret outfits. Honestly, let's get real, if it appears inappropriate for Little Girls, why should it be appropriate for Adult women? I'm no prude either, but it has gotten to the point where women feel that they have to be almost naked, pretty, sexy, busty, in order to get attention; where do you think these adults/young people get their ideas; why do you think teenage girls want breast implants. Every where you look it's sex-sex-sex – you can't even watch a tv commercial without it being centered around sex – look out for more Tiger Wood types of personalities coming out from this generation -

    May 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  11. LB

    Just because these girls are dancing like this does NOT mean they are going to grow up and be sexual at an early age! I will guarantee you they dont know how provocative those moves really are. I will also guarantee that those same girls who danced like that on stage come off that stage and go back to being just little girls, playing with suttfed animals, drawing, etc.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  12. Dave D

    This is disgusting! While I cannot argue that they are talent dancers, their outfits are ridiculous. I simply cannot believe that their parents did not see a problem here. It seems that the level of parenting has dipped to a new low.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  13. Noelle

    Regarding this segment on Thursday night's show, I can't believe that this is causing shock waves around the media in 2010. These kinds of routines have been showcased at dance competitions for at least the last 20 years!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  14. wendy

    I too believe this sexualizing of children is wilding inappropriate, also i emailed the tv channel TLC at one time to complain about there show Toddlers in Tiaras, it to is a bad thing. You might think im being a prude but i dont much care and i think its wrong to dress children like barbie dolls.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  15. Marie

    The dance is not innocent... Look at the costumes and the moves! They are a whole and it is not right! Young girls are constantly being inappropriately sexualized... With so many psychos and pedophiles in our society, you wonder why parents encourage or enable this type of behavior!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  16. In Vermont

    Wow, those girls are talented dancers but Anderson Cooper and Dr. Phil are right the costumes and the move are highly inappropriate especially for girls of this age. I don;t agree with Dr, Phil on much, but in this case he's right. Had i been a parent of one of these girls, there would have been no way that she would have been allowed to participate in this dance routine.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  17. Sean Wilkinson

    Highly inappropriate (and I am a screaming liberal). This is obviously the work of self-indulgent stage mothers (or fathers). The pedophiles of the world can thank these wonderful parents for new entertainment. Sick.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  18. Michelle R.

    Definitely a case where less is more. What ever happened to leaving something to the imagination. In this case, for obvious reasons, you wouldn't even want that as an option. Ick.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  19. Cid White

    I can't believe that there would even be a question about how inappropriate this is! Of course it's inappropriate and these girls parents have obviously lost the ability to make choices that are best for their children instead of for their own misguided desires for a slice of fame (no matter how small a slice it be)! That must be one hell of a "pie" for a parent to sell out their kids for a slice of it!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  20. Lisa

    I completely agree with Dr. Phil. I watched Good Morning America this morning and they had two of the parents and the parents kept stating that this was a competition that was only meant for the people there. Are they so naive that they didn't realize this would be seen by others. If they thought it wasn't appropriate for the world to see, why would they feel it was appropriate for the competition. These girls are very talented and they could have danced to the same song with different outfits and different moves and done just as well. Our society has lost the core values and respect for oneself. These parents are making excuses now this is in the spotlight. Shame on you!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  21. david barrack

    Mind boggling how the parents believe this is appropriate. It would be fantastic to have these parents interviewed at length to understand what makes them tick. Isn't this a form of child abuse?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  22. Rose

    I am a parent of a 10 year old girl and an 18 year old girl. Like Dr. Phil, these little girls are so talented. I hope they all continue to study dance but please ladies do it under a different teacher!

    I am shocked that the parents allowed this! I am shocked that a dance instructor would teach 7 year olds this! I am proud to say that both my daughters would have walked out of this dance class and come running to me asking me "Do you know what she (the dance instructor) wants us to learn"! At which point I would have said oh heck no... And they would have never returned to that dance class! That is just concerning the moves, it would have never gotten to the dance costume design which is in itself "sick" dressing young ladies in that garb!!!! Parnents what were you thinking ?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  23. Ratna, New York, NY

    The dancing is innocent, however the dance costumes are not.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  24. Denise

    I'm like Dr Phil, not a prude but what the.....? I raised three girls and would never let them dance like this, then put it on the internet. IMO, it's an invitation to sexual predators. It's appalling to see little 7 year old girls dancing like grown women. And no adult questioned this behavior?? And those parents who allowed this??? Sorry...I can't really say what I'm thinking right now. Unbelievable!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  25. Matt

    As a single father of two girls, I am absolutely blown away at something like this. Why or how would a parent in this present day world allow there little girls to dress like this. People have lost there minds...

    May 14, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  26. Rob

    I wonder if they were wearing something less provacative would any fuss be made. I would be interested to know how many of these girls will be pregnant by 15 because i do agree with Dr. Phil in one part. Where do they go from there. It is just another sign that society is getting to the point that our little girls go from innocent, playfull, "i hate boys" stage strait to being sexually objectified.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:18 am |