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WATCH: You can hire children's characters to twerk at your kid's birthday party now. Really.
We must've missed the episode of Cocomelon with grinding lessons.
Norco, Louisiana business DeQuan’s Cartoon Mascots specializes in twerking cartoon mascots for kids' parties and has been operating for fifteen years.
The Louisiana company describes its business as “specializing in kids parties of all ages. Have your child’s favorite cartoon mascot visit and entertain. There's guaranteed to be an explosion of smiles.” We don’t know about smiles, but what you are really guaranteed to get is a party filled with depravity.
This video from one of their kid parties has over 8.2 million views, 81k likes, and over 56k comments. In the comment section, you can see the argument over the continual desire for adults to sexualize our children.
One man commented that the video and twerking children’s mascots "has the intent to sexualize children, much like drag queen story hour. Robbing our kids of youthful innocence is heinous and helps to further tear our social fabric.”
Another commenter defended the grinding characters saying, “you’re assuming they [the kids] are going to be a stripper. Which, by the way, it’s 2022 being a stripper is normal, being incompetent and intolerant is not.”
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Our culture is overrun with sexual content that was considered inappropriate for children only a few years ago. Ideas like “sex positivity” and “gender fluidity” are ubiquitous in media and in the school system. A lot of the conversation regarding today’s children being prematurely exposed to sexual content centers around parental rights to shelter children from concepts they are too young to appropriately comprehend. Unfortunately, we seem to be fighting an uphill battle. Not only do we have parents hiring sexualized entertainment for their children’s birthday parties, but now the parents rationalize and participate in the lewd behavior.
Make no mistake, exposing our kids at an early age to sexual content is wrong. It’s called grooming and it needs to stop immediately.