The article ‘Kid beauty pageants are creepy’, from The Herald Sun, Thursday the 7th 2010 from the Herald Sun is a piece by The Herald Sun’s reporter Cheryl Critchley. This article is a piece exposing the child beauty pageant world and what is really going on and happening to these kids.
It is contended by Critchley right from the opening title that ‘child beauty pageants are creepy’. Critchley is sure to give her contention right from the beginning in bold letters. This sets the tone of the article from the beginning informing the reader about the topic and her stance on the issue. The author is very careful in her choice of words in the title because it is often the difference between ...view middle of the document...
The appeal to the reader’s sense of fear is a very powerful device used by the reader. The reader likens watching the show Toddlers in Tiaras to ‘watching a car crash’. This illustrates just how terrible she finds watching the toddlers being transformed into the ‘hot’ princess’ they are made out to be. Another example of the appeal to the reader’s sense of fear is when Critchley describes the girls all dressed up as a ‘pedophile’s paradise: a veritable smorgasbord of unsuspecting Lolitas’. This is enough to scare any parent away form the idea of a child beauty pageant, it indicates that the children are in possible danger and bait waiting to be taken away.
The use of expert opinion is implemented by Critchley to support her argument. Critchley uses a statement made by Psychologists stating that ‘this is not appropriate for vulnerable young children, and could dent their self-esteem if they are not judged the best.’ The use of an expert opinion shows that the author has experts on her side supporting her argument, the reader is more likely to be influenced by an expert as the issue comes under their profession so any comment made is respected and taken into deep consideration.
In conclusion, the overall effect of the article is one of a strong effect supporting the movement against kids beauty pageants, labeling them creepy, appealing to the readers point of view and gaining everyone’s attention to the article. The writer is effective in successfully delivering her contention and sharing her view with the readers on child beauty pageants.