I used to live in the south (Alabama, Georgia and Florida) when my kids were little and pageants were a bigger deal down there. I had a cute daughter* and people would approach me on occasion about them. Being a Yankee, I politely declined. Anyway, that's my draw to this show.
It both appalls me and sucks me in, but where do these people get the money? These pageants aren't cheap. "Couponing" is not the answer when dad has no teeth. I'm just so...baffled. It's like going to Africa and studying another culture. I can't look away.
*My daughter is gay. She was fleeing from dresses by the age of three and begrudgingly wore one as a flower girl for my brother's wedding when she was eight. In retrospect, as a sociology major, I often wonder what this would have been like for her if I had, indeed, been a pageant mom.
ETA: I don't know about the mom dentist, but there was a dad doctor and his ex-stripper tattoo-laden wife who had twins by in-vitro with donor eggs. They bought a win and made Danielle cry.
Edited by StephInMN, Jan 10, 2012 @ 2:03 PM.