The 7-year-old 'Single Ladies': Unnerving?
Fueling the argument that American girls are becoming sexualized too young, a viral video of kids performing Beyoncé's hit is raising eyebrows
A group of 7-year-old girls is generating controversy after its competitive dance performance of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" flooded the blogosphere. "Even Beyoncé and her backup dancers were more covered up than this," says an "uncomfortable" Kate Ward at Entertainment Weekly, while a blogger at Babble's Famecrawler blog notes the children's parents' "bad choices," and recalls that Beyoncé herself has called her influence on young girls "scary." But some point out that the girls' seemingly lingerie-inspired costumes are par for the course: "If you've been to a kids' dance recital or competition recently," says ParentDish, you'll see similar outfits, and they're not considered "shocking or provocative." Here's the clip: