GMA: Controversial Cyber Beauty Pageant On Instagram
Good Morning America reported April 9 2013 that a new trend among teenage and preteen girls has parents worried. The girls upload their photos (or, more troubling, someone does that for them, with or without their permission) to a social media site like Instagram and then people vote on whether they are attractive (even strangers). The losers get a red x across their faces and a huge blow to their self-esteem. One young girl GMA talked to said that the winners are consistently wearing tight, skimpy or low-cut things, and that it’s almost consistently women posting. Instagram released a statement saying that parents should monitor their children’s activity online and that Instragram invests in tools for users to report inappropriate content so that they can review it and take it down if necessary.
GMA: Kyle Massey Dancing With the Stars
Kyle Massey, a former contestant on Dancing with the Stars, came by to talk about the current season. First up: why is Carrie always crying? Kyle Massey said that since Carrie is the only woman judge, he thought maybe she just gets caught up in the moment. He said she watches these people go from regular people to accomplished dancers. He also said there’s more to the show then the dancing and there’s a lot of footage we don’t see where stars are pulling their hair out or trying their hardest to accomplish something.
Kyle Massey worked for Disney for 13 years and Josh Elliott asked him if he felt a connection to Zendaya. He said that he felt like he was “old school Disney,” but that Zendaya was an amazing actress and singer. Liz Vargas asked Massey if he thought former Olympic tumbler Aly Raisman has an advantage with her tumbling skills. Massey said, “To tell you the truth, there is no advantage in Dancing with the Stars.” He also added that whatever you have, you should use to your advantage. Massey said that he didn’t want to pick favorites, but he was leaning toward Zendaya or Aly Raisman.
GMA: Father Of Crying Kids Visits GMA
Charlie and his older brother William are toddlers, but they’re the stars of a blog called Reasons My Son Is Crying. The blog consists of pictures of the children crying and their father writes witty captions explaining why they’re crying. I wonder what Blair Koenig of the STFU Blog would say about this. Why is this man famous again? Anyway, more than 600,000 people have viewed it in the last week. The comments on the blog do include criticism, questioning why this man is making fun of his children on the internet. The father says though that if this is the worst thing he does as a parent, he’s feeling pretty good about his parenting.
The father’s name is Greg Pembroke. He said the idea for this blog came from Facebook, where he’d post pictures of his children and his friends told him to move it to a Tumblr page and it took off from there. Greg said that he’s just trying to have fun with his children’s photos and he never expected anyone to even be interested in the photos. Greg said that he’ll stop when it’s no longer fun for him and the kids.