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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

Even though I know the show is edited to emphasize the "favored twin" story line, I have to believe that it was EXTRA edited this time, because I refuse to believe that a mother could be so cruel (consciously or not.)

No editing in the world could hide the sadness on that child face.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 11:46 AM

Eden isn't nearly as cute as her mama thinks she is and what a textbook case of 'Only Child Syndrome' she's turning out to be. Ew.


I agree with the person who said that she was actually cuter without all the makeup. And I think she has Only Child Syndrome partly because her mom said they didn't think they could have children, so obviously they're going to fawn over the "miracle child" they never thought would exist. And when Eden's mom said that she's basically a brat because she's an only child, I said out loud, "Whose fault is that?" She should go to Dad Sterling for some advice in that arena.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

Jamie WAS in fact in pageants, as recently as last month. She was Mrs. Tarrant County in the Mrs. Texas United America pageant. http://www.mrstexasp.../delegates.html


For anyone who watches Bridezillas - that's the same pagent Brandi from last season's sister was the reigning "Mrs." for. (She was so ridiculous she wore a crown constantly and drove around in a car with "Mrs. Texas" clings she had made stuck to the side of it.)
The thing is, here in Texas there are many many pagents and the Texas United America is just one of many teeny pagents floating around that offers the title of Mrs. Texas something-or-other. As we have seen anyone can enter into most pagents so long as you are willing to pay the fees. Notice how the category with the most contestants was the Mrs. one?
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

Here is the page to enter for the Texas State Universal Royalty pageant for those who are curious as to how much it cost.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 1:23 PM

I'd like to add, before the cries of 'editing! editing!' start flying out of Jamie Sterling's mouth: there's no editing the dead tone of voice when you speak of Ashlynn; no editing the disgusted lip curl when you speak of Ashlynn; no editing in the sad look on that poor baby's face when she speaks -- because she already knows she isn't good enough in mom's beady eyes.

So, that excuse won't fly with this chick.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 3:26 PM

I so desperately want to believe that it WAS all editing, that that poor little girl really does have a happy home life where she knows what a lovely girl she is. But it'd take a hell of a lot to convince me.

When I stage my midnight raid to steal Johannah Duggar, I'll take a detour and pick up AshLynn as well.

I hear tell of these mythological "responsible" pageant moms. To me, they're like unicorns: Until I see one, I won't believe there is one. Every last one of them is living vicariously through their children.


Irina Dolinskiy, from the last season of Little Miss Perfect. The ONLY mother/child set I've ever seen on these shows where the child is visibly and obviously the driving force. (The kid is no beauty queen, but she's smart, funny and way ahead of other kids her age. One of the few genuinely likable kids on any of these shows.) Her daughter took home a trophy at the end of the pageant (third runner up I think), and she looked positively pained while she said something to the effect of "I guess we're doing more of these now."

http://www.wetv.com/...irina-dolinskiy

They do exist. But we're not likely to see very many of them on these shows.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 4:30 PM

Essence's mom was awesome, too. She was supportive but not pushy, and she was genuinely proud of her daughter for how well she did in her pageant. It seemed like doing pageants was more of a bonding activity for them than the mom trying to live through the daughter.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 4:48 PM

So I'm new to this trainwreck and I have a question. Does the show follow the same people from week to week or do they have a whole new batch of geeks for each episode of their freak show?
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

Different featured families, but if you watch in the background, you'll see a lot of the same kids and parents.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 5:34 PM

So I'm new to this trainwreck and I have a question. Does the show follow the same people from week to week or do they have a whole new batch of geeks for each episode of their freak show?


I think I would give up television forever if I had to watch Jamie Sterling every week
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

toolazy, if you watched Little Miss Perfect (not sure if it's coming back for another season), you might recognize kids from that show, too. There have been a few kids featured on both shows.
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 8:02 PM

Here is the page to enter for the Texas State Universal Royalty pageant for those who are curious as to how much it cost.


The entry fees are not as much as I thought they might be, but $125.00 for a mandatory video? That jacks the price right up there and costs the pageant about $10.00 to produce.

I cannot believe these people are willing to pay this much weekend after weekend. How do these young parents afford to do this?
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Posted Jul 24, 2009 @ 8:11 PM

Review from the AV club.

Entering one kids in these travesties costs a fortune. Entering five? On a regular basis? Yikes.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 11:42 AM

Coming late to the discussion, but what amazed me about this issue is that, in most episodes, Eden's mom would be the talk of the show. Driving around in the corvette, putting Eden in the actual showgirl costume, talking with hand puppets, etc. would have sparked massive outrage in other weeks.

That seems positively benign compared to Jamie Sterling.

Congrats, Mrs. Sterling, you have now set a new standard for bat-sh*t crazy pageant mom.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 1:03 PM

I really liked Eden's mom and Cavin and Cameron's mom. They seemed really into pagents, but they also seemed to genuinely love and care for their kids.

I made my 19-year-old daughter watch this episode, and now I've been walking around the house talking about how much better her brother is than she is -- "Brother is pretty just like me, and Sister, well, she's....skinny...and her nose is bigger. Brother just has it! His shit glows with specialness, and Sister, well, her shit is just...shit." -- and then we crack up. Fun!
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 1:36 PM

That part made me cringe, I made my husband watch it: "Brianne is pretty and fun and talented and outgoing... Ashlynn is just... Ashlynn."
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 2:11 PM

That part made me cringe, I made my husband watch it: "Brianne is pretty and fun and talented and outgoing... Ashlynn is just... Ashlynn."


I know, 1ontheway, I know !!! I had an actual physical reaction to Horsey McMeany's comments...

Makes me want to gather up AshLynn, most of the Dugger kids, the "8" of J & K, and CateLynn and Tyler from 16&Pregnant and take them to an island where there are no pageants, parents are thoughtful, responsible adults, passive-aggressive criticism isn't a parenting technique, meals are healthy and nutritious and not a "treat", and "dress-up" clothes don't look like rejects from the Pussycat Dolls...

And riding shotgun in a red Corvette is reserved for me while I nurse my husband through his midlife crisis.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 3:14 PM

Dear AshLynn - God loves you deeply and so does all of America that saw you on television. I'm so sorry that you have a piece of shit for a mother...it's no reflection on you. Keep that wonderfully sweet heart and follow your own dreams.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 3:28 PM

Mrs Sterling cannot even close her mouth. I cannot understand how a pageant budget can take precedence over major oral/jaw surgery for herself. She's going to lose all her teeth when she gets older. Her mouth must always be dry because it's always open.

I wish someone (Universal Royalty?) would publish a bedside table book of Cameronisms. I cannot decide if I prefer "I'm gonna do pageants until I'm in my graveyard," or "My brother (Cavin--shudders) really wants to win the pageant, he just doesn't know it yet." (paraphrases). Cameron's Mom seems bovine and a little mentally dull. Hope it's the hormones.

I see yet again that 99% of these Mothers need to be spending their funds on Jenny Craig, not pageants. If I was a pretty and slim teen in these circuits and looked at these women, I'd be telling myself to never have kids.

Eden. Yep, she's porcine. Cute w/o makeup though. Gotta give Mom a hand, she's right there with a calm-down technique, doesn't flip out, just whips out the "hand" puppets. She'd make a good corporate trainer. With makeup Eden reminds me of these 1940's animation of a pig with lipstick, curly hair and cloven-pig-feet-high-heels.

Edited by WhineandCheez, Jul 25, 2009 @ 4:55 PM.

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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 3:32 PM

For those who don't have enough imagination to make up weird names on their own, here's a website that will help you out:

Bad Baby Names 1

But for the record, my own very well behaved only child, who is studying for a doctorate, has multiple Ys in her middle name--Krystyne--because it's Polish. Thirty years ago I didn't know it was going to be so popular.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 4:14 PM

Oh Catelyn and Tyler from 16 and Pg! I knew I wasn't the only one in love with those two poor kids!

Edited by TWoP Gadget, Jul 25, 2009 @ 6:29 PM.

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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 4:35 PM

enough with the porcine references.


I agree. It's unnecessary. She's just a little girl with some babyfat and was actually pretty cute. In fact, the only place she *didn't* look cute (besides when she was throwing a tantrum on the show) was in the publicity photos in one of the earlier links where her eyeballs had been photoshopped out and replaced with those dead doll eyes. I'll *NEVER* understand what makes people think that looks good. It's creepy and disturbing to do that to pictures of your own child and that it is so popular on the internet chatboards and pageant circuits is just insane. (Edit: Here's a link to an example for those who were wondering what I was talking about. It's so photoshopped, I don't know how anyone can judge human beauty on something that is now essentially a computer construct and not a human at all. And this link actually shows that she is a very cute little kid--when she doesn't have the makeup caked on and the photoshopping-gone-wild.)

I also think it is EXTREMELY interesting that TLC has neither commented about the demise of the Toddlers and Tiaras message board (at least that I can find) nor reinstated it in any form. It's just gone from the site like it was never there--except for the cache link that was helpfully provided on this site.

Edited by rhitroadkill, Jul 25, 2009 @ 7:20 PM.

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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 5:28 PM

In fact, the only place she *didn't* look cute (besides when she was throwing a tantrum on the show) was in the publicity photos in one of the earlier links where her eyeballs had been photoshopped out and replaced with those dead doll eyes.


Wait, what? I officially have the willies now.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 5:53 PM

I also think it is EXTREMELY interesting that TLC has neither commented about the demise of the Toddlers and Tiaras message board (at least that I can find) nor reinstated it in any form. It's just gone from the site like it was never there--except for the cache link that was helpfully provided on this site.

I don't feel sorry for her at all, but it must be awful to have millions of people think that you are a horrible parent. I hope she fucking wakes up and gets some counseling.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 6:04 PM

Eden's at an age where kids tend to grow in one direction, and then in the other-so they either look kind of chubby and then thin out as they grow up, or look downright skeletal until they grow out. It's just part of being 4. Which makes spending so much on pageant outfits insane, because she's likely to outgrow them in 6 months or less. It's possible for a child that age to go from an outfit being too big to it being too small in a matter of weeks.

I'm also not too concerned about the "after this, we'll go to McDonalds" because, yes, it's pretty bad food nutritionally, but 4 yr olds usually don't eat much of the food. The lure of McDonalds is the playland and the toy in the happy meal, and maybe the child might eat a chicken nugget, an apple slice or two, or drink a little milk, but most of the happy meal is going in the trash.

Driving her around without a carseat in the front seat, I have trouble with. Heck, in my state, it would be illegal for the two 6 yr olds to not have a booster in the car.
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Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 9:23 PM

Entering one kid in these travesties costs a fortune.

Ok, I read this as "entering one kid in these TRANSVESTITES costs a fortune." But I guess I wasn't too far off?

Eden's Mom, as I said before, did not bug at all. I hope to hell that when Eden turns 18 and wants to be an particle physicist, Mom has any money left and doesn't have to say, "Well you can't work with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, honey, but remember that adorable $3,000 outfit cut down from a real showgirl costume??"

I see the guy running the crack table, I MEAN THE Pixxy Stix table is still doing a good business, the whole hour was like product placement for the company. I'd sneak one off to a laboratory and see what's really in the Universal Royalty version of Pixxy Stix.

Edited by WhineandCheez, Jul 26, 2009 @ 7:45 AM.

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Posted Jul 26, 2009 @ 12:40 AM

I don't feel sorry for her at all, but it must be awful to have millions of people think that you are a horrible parent. I hope she fucking wakes up and gets some counseling.


5 Roller Skates ~ I'd like to think that. You'd like to think that. But I believe the reality is that our Mrs. Sterling will take automatic refuge in the last defense of the absolutely indefensible...

"They're just jealous..."

I cringe, I scheeve, when I hear people say that. It's what people resort to when they know they suck, but can't quite figure out why people don't like them.

I went to HS with a pageant/drama/dance type, and she was always pulling stuff like doing a flawlessly executed backbend/flip thing into a palms-and-forehead-on-the-floor split in homeroom, which would have been awesome, but she'd get up and say "Don't you just hate how bad that was... ? Can't you see how I'm not flexible at all... ?"

Well, uh...no. We can see, however, how grandstand-y and disingenuous you are. Cause a big fuss, behave badly, and then resent the negative attention you self-generated... ? Yep, I'm talkin' to you, Horsey McMeany.

Anyone have the link to the T & T link on TLC before they pulled the plug... ? My real life crept in somehow and I managed to miss it... :)
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Posted Jul 26, 2009 @ 8:28 AM

Here's a link to an example for those who were wondering what I was talking about. It's so photoshopped, I don't know how anyone can judge human beauty on something that is now essentially a computer construct and not a human at all. And this link actually shows that she is a very cute little kid--when she doesn't have the makeup caked on and the photoshopping-gone-wild.

AHHHHHhhhhh! EDEN ALEXXA! AleXXa! Why not just sign her up for porn now??
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Posted Jul 26, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

But I believe the reality is that our Mrs. Sterling will take automatic refuge in the last defense of the absolutely indefensible...

Let's not forget "It was the editing."
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Posted Jul 26, 2009 @ 11:58 AM

But I believe the reality is that our Mrs. Sterling will take automatic refuge in the last defense of the absolutely indefensible...

Let's not forget "It was the editing."


shibori ~ yeah, my bad. I'm sure I was just distracted when posting because I had an unexplainable desire to go to the store and buy carrots and sugar cubes... :)

Maybe we did miss the parts when Horsey McMeany celebrates her daughter as an individual, a bright ray of sunshine in the world, a beautiful little girl with hopes and dreams, instead of half-heartedly pimping her out as an inferior side-kick to the sister.

Remember this, Mrs. Sterling. One of your daughters will someday be the one picking out your nursing home. Chew on that for a while...
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