Show sinks to new low with pole dancers aged 8

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DRY in the far south­east. Rain mov­ing slowly south­east­wards. Risk of snow over high ground fall­ing to lower lev­els, es­pe­cially over cen­tral and east­ern ar­eas. Sun­shine and show­ers af­ter. Cold. Highs of 7C in Lon­don, 6C in Cardiff, 4C in Manch­ester, 5C Belfast, 4C in Ed­in­burgh. DAY­TIME show sparked out­rage yes­ter­day as chil­dren age just eight were shown pole danc­ing in crop tops.

The ITV show had asked, “Are pole danc­ing lessons too sex­ual for chil­dren?” be­fore Timea and Tilly-May both eight, and 11-year-old Mia danced in skimpy out­fits.

The show’s pre­sen­ters re­ferred to the danc­ing as “pole fit­ness” and asked whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate.

Tilly’s mother said: “Tilly was bul­lied at school for be­ing fat and not in­ter­ested in what the other girls did. It was ad­ver­tised and I asked her if she wanted to give it a try.

“She came to it and she’s never looked back.

“It’s fit­ness, when you see what they phys­i­cally do, there’s noth­ing provoca­tive.”

Rain, sleet and snow clear­ing on Thurs­day with brighter, show­ery con­di­tions fol­low­ing. Some 7C in Lon­don, Cardiff and Belfast, 6C in Manch­ester, 5C in Ed­in­burgh. OUT­LOOK: Wet ‘n’ windy

Psy­chol­o­gist Emma Kenny, also on the show, said: “I don’t doubt for one minute that the girls keep fit. And I also don’t doubt that the moves we’ve just seen are pole danc­ing rather than pole fit­ness.

“I think we are in a cul­ture that sex­u­alises chil­dren...and what­ever way you look at it, it’s in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to sex­u­al­i­sa­tion”.

Twit­ter went into melt­down with many posters say­ing that the TV show should not have shown the chil­dren pole danc­ing at all, and railed against the show.

One an­gry tweeter said, “Kids pole danc­ing on This Morn­ing?? How can this be con­sid­ered as ap­pro­pri­ate?” OUT­RAGE: Watch­ers slammed show for danc­ing young­sters

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