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Show sinks to new low with pole dancers aged 8
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.”
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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