March 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM ET
If you thought the little girls dressed as strippers or costumed as Madonna (complete with the famous cone bra) were inappropriate on "Toddlers & Tiaras," you probably haven't been watching "Dance Moms" this season.
On March 6, Lifetime aired the episode titled "Topless Showgirls" in which the little dancers appeared to dance -- you guessed it -- topless on a showgirls-type performance. According to instructor Abby Lee Miller, the act was a fan dance. "You cover your body with the fans so you give the illusion that you're nude underneath the fans," she explained on the show. "C'mon. We all know you have tan bras on and tan tights on. ... Everyone in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything's harmless."
Sounds lovely -- for an adult. For pre-teen girls, maybe not so much. "My outfit was pretty tiny," young dancer Mackenzie told the cameras. "I could fit this on my American Doll."
Lifetime has confirmed to TODAY.com that it has since decided to yank the episode. Not only will "Topless Showgirls" never air on the network again, it won't be available online either. (If you're really curious, Gawker has a clip available.)
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