Katherine Heigl slams 'Dance Moms' for being 'demeaning'
Sure, some of the mothers may be courageous enough to cross head instructor Abby Lee Miller from time to time on Lifetime's "Dance Moms," but now, Abby's questionable teaching methods and performance ideas have ticked off one of Hollywood's leading ladies.
It's safe to say that Katherine Heigl is not a huge fan of the show after slamming it on her iVillage blog for sending inappropriate messages to young girls.
"I watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine," she wrote.
"I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole! I was also horrified by the way their instructor spoke to them when she felt they weren't up to snuff," Heigl writes. "It was demeaning, belittling, and downright unkind."
And then it came to the topic of how Abby addresses the little girls.
"There is no reason to break anyone down in order to prepare them for inevitable disappointment or unkindness," she says. "There is no reason to diminish anyone's self-esteem in order to get them to try harder next time. Especially not a child's."
Although Heigl doesn't agree with the young girls parading their bodies on stage, she explains it's not their fault and they possess great talent.
"The young girls on 'Dance Moms' are wonderfully talented, spirited ladies who should be encouraged to perform since they seem to truly have a knack for it...I just wish they were being inspired, instructed and supported for their gifts as I was when I found my creative path."
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