Introducing Pageant Prince, 'Toddlers and Tiaras' Slammed by Tweeps

July 07, 2011 04:50:10 GMT

The TLC show features a seven-year-old boy who calls himself a diva, but some Twitter users don't think it is adorable.

Introducing Pageant Prince, 'Toddlers and Tiaras' Slammed by Tweeps
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"Toddlers & Tiaras" apparently is not only about girls. The reality series made the audience's jaw drop on Wednesday, July 6 by featuring Brock Ritter as a pageant prince. The 7-year-old boy, who describes himself as a "diva", is a pro at dance and gymnastics and has already collected a half-dozen first-place trophies.

His mother Tori Ritter claims that her son started to show an interest in pageants and tap dancing at the age of 2, but it is more difficult to find a pageant for boys than for girls. Tori reveals Brock was bullied in kindergarten when he was 5-year-old because of his interest, but declares later that those who can't understand them are simply not good friends for them.

Soon after the episode was aired, people took to Twitter to express that they are against the idea of encouraging a boy to be pageant prince. "NEVER will I allow my young son to be in a pageant where he uses the words diva & sparkly to describe himself," one Tweeps wrote.

Some other tweets read, "#goseeksomehelp if you think it's ok that your son thinks he's a diva. Toddlers & Tiaras," "Toddlers & Tiaras always leaves me speechless, but the boys in pageants at age of 7 .... I don't get it," "this mom on Toddlers & Tiaras that is making her son do these glitz pageants needs to be slapped upside the head," and "That is so disturbing that this woman dresses her son like a girl on Toddlers & Tiaras."

Not all of them, however, were disturbed by the diva boy. One Twitter user, instead, praised Tori for supporting her son, writing "I simply adore that Brock's mom on Toddlers & Tiaras has embraced her son's desires to dance & perform. Seriously so sweet."


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posted by Laura on Jul 08, 2013
To all the shallow immature people out there I think you need to grow up, if Brock enjoys what he does then what harm is it doing? You would think that in the 21st centuary people would embrace everyone apparently not! Does God teach you to be cruel and judgemental no he doesn't.
posted by Bastard on Apr 14, 2013
Check your mail you lazy scumbacks!!
posted by Brock4Life on Feb 20, 2013
I think that a lot of you people are just being rude and ignorant toward the issue at hand. If you have ever watched a documentary or read about sexuality then you would know that there are special children out there who act "differently" and like things that are not normal for their gender to like. If Brock's mom were to go against his wishes of going to pageants and playing with girls' dolls then that would actually cause more psychological harm than supporting him. So I think she is a great mother and wish Brock the best of luck in the future
posted by Goldi on Feb 12, 2013
as a matter a fact this boy is much better then the 99% of peagent girls. He is cute and his mother is look this thing from the right point of view.
posted by SaveBrock on Mar 08, 2012
Someone needs to step in and save this kid. He is being mentally abused. He is a boy and should be raised as such. Not an American-Girl-totin', Sparkly-Crown-wearin', Diva-Skippin' Homosexual. SAVE BROCK !!
posted by Krystal on Jan 23, 2012
You ROCK, BROCK! :) and mom (Tori) does too.
posted by Angel on Jan 23, 2012
You're talking about a seven year old thats just doing what he loves. How sick are you? He's a VERY talented boy and he doesn't let ignorant closet cases like YOU affect him! YOU GO BROCK!!
posted by vantace on Dec 30, 2011
i actually know Brock personally, and Brock chooses to do dance and pageants. His mom, Tori just wants to support what her son wants to do. no one should tell Brock what he can and cannot do! its sad and sexist what people have tweeted. Brock loves what he does, is good at it, and is going to keep going. WE LOVE YOU BROCK!
posted by Janet on Oct 25, 2011
Way to go Brock and Mom! What a breath of fresh air to see a real pageant mom supporting her child in such a positive way. I wish you all the success you deserve. Keep up the good attitudes, both of you!
posted by NeverWasABoyAtAll on Sep 24, 2011
also, get THIS all you self-righteous, judgemental, bigoted, homophobic, (and likely racist, sexist, and the rest as well)inbred, ignorant, crass, clueless, classless, fantasy-clinging, bible-thumping, science denying dead weights to human evolutionary progress: When you point a finger at someone, you always have three pointing back at yourself! Now get out of your holes, wash up, read something educational and expand your tiny minds for once in your pathetic angry, hating, envy-filled, uneducated lives!
posted by NeverWasABoyAtAll on Sep 24, 2011
I think it is fantastic that the mother lets the boy indulge in what he wants. When I was a preschooler of four years old, my mother would bring me along to her dance classes (she taught tap, toe and ballet). As I was told, I expressed much interest in studying all dance forms but especially ballet but when my mom told this to my dad he forbid her to let me do so. Instead, I grew up being pushed into sports against my will. When I turned 18 it was not soon enough and at that time it became abundantly obvious to me that I 'was' transexual. I'm not any more though. Nope! Now I'm just another one of the girls, but as if it was not bad enough having no girlhood and instead having to grow up as a 'boy', it appears I will always regret not being allowed to learn dance as a child! People NEED to grow the eff up, get over 'it', loose their ignorant redneck inbred ways of thinking and let people be themselves at any and every age.
posted by Tommy on Aug 11, 2011
Brock may not grow up to be a homosexual, but he certainly is a FAG! No wonder Dad is not on camera, he must be another "feminized' whipped male.
posted by nycer555 on Aug 11, 2011
Also proemed are you a transgender or gay? I can imagine that in certain small towns that life (notice I did NOT say decision) can be rough, but in big cities its not even an issue. Where do you get this immediate downfall for gays and transgender?
posted by SvenInBoston on Aug 10, 2011
Brock is AWESOME! Anyone can be a boring, run-of-the-mill child that does what everything thinks he should... and then grow up to be a boring, run-of-the-mill sheep of a person. This kid is unique and wonderful and full of joy, and I am so happy that his parents are encouraging his individuality. Any one of you sheeple who get off on picking on little boys... shame on all of you.
posted by Out of the Past on Aug 10, 2011
When this kid won best personality, they gave him the option of wearing a boys crown or wearing the girls crown. He chose the girls crown because it was more "sparkly". This kids gayer than a bag of dicks, and his mom encourages it. Can't argue with the facts people.
posted by Karen on Aug 02, 2011
I am also a psychologist, and I think Brock is terrific, and I think his parents are doing a wonderful thing for him. As his mother said, "Brock is Brock," and no one can force him to be anything else. The world is not always a pleasant place for someone like Brock, but pageants are places where he can really shine, and feel good about himself. This child clearly loves performing, and it's wonderful that his parents support him in being himself. Obviously a lot of other parents are not as loving and unselfish. Brock should go to a performing school in New York when he gets older so that he can be with people who love him and appreciate him. And many, many, will be like him!
posted by Proemed on Jul 26, 2011
Anyone who think Teri Hatcher, mother of Brock, is a great mom is an idiot! Anyone who knows a transgendered or gay person knows that they suffer immensely. Brock hasn't even had a chance to learn male things because his stupid mom encourages him dressing as a girl. His teens will be miserable and job prospects awful. Who would encourage this?
posted by devpsych08 on Jul 20, 2011
I am a developmental psychologist, and I think this family is awesome. Keep doing what you are doing with your son. More parents should support their children as you are supporting yours!
posted by bb on Jul 15, 2011
SHOUT OUT TO "really america???" & "this country is scre" is "scre" for scared or sacred???
posted by bb on Jul 15, 2011
Please allow me to speak for the RIGHT WING, RUSH BABY,FAIR TAX, RICK PERRY...PLEASE RUN, CONSERVATIVE THAT IS ASHAMED OF FOX NEWS (SOON TO BEEN MSNBC)AND STILL ASKING "WHO IS JOHN GALT" "republicans"...we don't all judge. But actually have true faith of the love of God! Humans are egotistical...and they assume they have all the answers. But you know the truth and I do too. Keep on and Celebrate!!! Brock is a Child of God and your courage has given so much hope to others! THAT is why we are all adjust "MAN'S" interpretation!
posted by bb on Jul 15, 2011
God Bless you TORI...The first kid I've seen on this show that actually "can't live" without a stage. Your kid is...(almost without words, but)perfection. And you and your husband should be proud of yourselves for raising a boy...soon to be a man, with work ethic and PRIDE to celebrate exactly who he IS and WANTS to be. Well Done! You're raising and fostering the calling of a beautiful human being!!!!
posted by really america??? on Jul 09, 2011
It's clear that there are a bunch of uneducated rednecks in our country. Worry about yourself and your own are the ones who obviously need prayer. Go Brock!!!
posted by Poppy on Jul 09, 2011
I personally watched this episode. I found Brock to be so funny, creative, and have so much personality! His mother was supportive of everything he wanted to do! He was not forced to do this he wanted to perform and I can honestly say he was amazing! So don't be haters.
posted by stjoan on Jul 09, 2011
I say KUDOS to the parents of this child. They are allowing him to be who he is and to do what he loves to do. If all of us were allowed to grow up like this, the world would be a much better, happier place. I think the only prayers Brock needs are prayers to protect him from those who can't handle it. Just remember, God doesn't make mistakes. He knew exactly what he was doing when he created Brock! You go little guy!!!
posted by Hope 4 U on Jul 08, 2011
Sorry about the spelling..very tired good night all.
posted by HOPE4 U on Jul 08, 2011
True thereare more important things to worry about and...this mom just added one more!!! What were you thinking? I don.t find this cute no matter how talented they are. Let them enjoy their chidhood years NORMAL. Those poor kids are spoied brats and no respect for there moms.I wouldn't wasre my time watching it! God help you moms.
posted by munchkin97 on Jul 07, 2011
What the frick! Im a boy and i think that this is sooooooo wrong on so many levels. If i went to his kindergarten i wouldve kicked his ass too at least to man him up because this is very disturbing and it is a problem to be delt with.
posted by Michael on Jul 07, 2011
That show is disturbing on so many levels, but I don't find this particular segment any more disturbing than your typical episode.
posted by Rich on Jul 07, 2011
I agree with This country. You people that don't are just as fucked up as that kids parents.
posted by Val on Jul 07, 2011
It would be pretty dull if there were no male actors, dancers or singers in this world. That's all this kid is shooting for. So what if he starts out doing it this way. In the days of Shakespeare there were males who played female roles. That was the norm and acceptable. How is this any different? Granted he's a kid, but she's just letting him be himself and do what he wants. Making him a well rounded individual who knows he can be whatever he wants, who can do anything he desires does not mean this country is going to down, as you say, the crapper.
posted by this country is scre on Jul 07, 2011
@jjski: I beg to differ. It's the liberal minds like yours that's sending this country down the crapper. For years before now people raised their kids with morals and values, teaching them right from wrong, teaching them what boys do and what girls do. What's disturbing is these days that's not taught. It's not right to let your boy dress like a girl and basically do girly things. People like myself have these morals and values because of the way we were raised. I agree some people may be born sexually confused or gay but as far as raising the child why not raise him as the sex he is? What's the problem with that? As for what was also said in another post it's all about the money too. Why exploit your SON on national tv, leaving him to be ridiculed for a good part of his childhood? All that would lead to is him being bullied. IMHO these mothers sold ther souls and the souls of their children (and robbed them of their childhood) for a few plastic trinkets and a few dollars.
posted by jjski on Jul 07, 2011 have got to be kidding me!! You don't learn homosexuality, you are born with that inside you. It is clear to me that Brock was born a girl with the body of a boy. His likes and desires are the natural progression of a child and his mother is embracing him and giving him what he enjoys instead of forcing him to conform to a mold. YOU are what is wrong with this country. Your inability to see people for what they are and not what you think they should be.
posted by nc on Jul 07, 2011
You do realize that these "pageants" are only attended by the poor children's mother's who pay huge amounts of money to fund the plastic trinkets they hand to each other, the cash that goes into the pockets of the "pageant" organizers, and their own sorry egos. That said, I think it's a really good idea to tell these future trailer dwellers that their self worth is based solely on looking and acting like a hooker.
posted by Kaff on Jul 07, 2011
What a great Mom for supporting her son like that! It's great that a kid can enjoy the things that make them happy instead of being forced into a mold. :)
posted by this country is scre on Jul 07, 2011
What!!!!! Are you kidding me!?! What happened to the morals and values of this country. How can anyone support this insanity? Having your son in girl pageants and playing with girl dolls is just absurd. Why raise your kid to be a homosexual, I mean if he is going to be one when he gets older so be it, but raising him as one at 7!?! Teach that kid some values for petes sake.
posted by Dion on Jul 07, 2011
This show is terrible, period. These kids are exploited to make up for their mothers' insecurity issues. The whole idea of a pageant is wrong. And yet, a mother supporting her child's interests is the only thing people can bitch about. C'mon people! The kid wants to be non-stereotypically male. That's his business. If you want to live in a country with rules for how to live as a man and as a woman, go to Iran—there the rules are very clear. Enjoy your freedoms and stop ragging on the poor kid who just wants to be his own self and instead, stop watching crappy shows that allow parents to exploit their children so that shows like this will get pulled for contributing nothing to society.
posted by Blondey on Jul 07, 2011
I think this show is ridiculous, but love watching it. Most of the mothers are pushy and yelling (did you see that girl's mother, yelling in her face for her to stop crying?? Appalling!) - Brock's mother appears smart and patient and supportive, letting him pursue his passions and desires. There are many colors under the rainbow and, yeah, Brock is probably going to grow up to be a flamboyant, fabulous proud gay man, but I think that's great. Good for him - at least his parents appear supportive, letting him be himself. Bravo to them! And, lets be real - the kid is awesome - totally fabulous.
posted by 5boysmom on Jul 07, 2011
I played in the dirt with cars and pop guns and boots and spurs on and my mom let me and most of the time--no shirt. Oh my! I turned out to be a perfectly normal married woman with five sons, who are all perfectly normal boys. Let the kid be who he wants to be. If he didn't like it, he wouldn't do it and enjoy it so much.
posted by Gill on Jul 07, 2011
It was always a dream of mine to be a pageant boy. I'm so happy that a boy like Broc is following his dream
posted by silverbell25 on Jul 07, 2011
good for him---he has talent, let him be himself--so tired of this world where everyone has a opionion--there are more important things to worry about!!
posted by Luv!143!! on Jul 07, 2011
He wass soo cool and talented. I hope to see more of him,he can show a couple girls a thing or to.
posted by Frank on Jul 07, 2011
Sounds like you had the same issue bama, someone must have told you you're not supposed to marry relatives. These people DO NEED a psychiatrist!!!!
posted by nita on Jul 07, 2011
Brock along with his parents need serious prayer. They are obviously very dysfunctional and need some direction in life. Poor Brock's little sister. Church, please help this family, now!!!!!
posted by bamatrailer on Jul 07, 2011
forcing anyone to conform to someone else's set of standards and values is what keeps psychiatrists in business. let the child be who he is, and enjoy the show. good for you, Brock's mom.
posted by Dave on Jul 07, 2011
I see bad things happening to this kid. This kid will get his ass kicked, the aggressor will get in trouble and it will all be his mothers fault.
posted by Dave on Jul 07, 2011
I bet mommy can't for him to bring home his first boyfriend.

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