Here’s a cute video of a little boy dancing and being silly. Click through to read the dozens of comments arguing about how his father must have abandoned him, how he needs to be playing football instead of dancing, whether he’s been abused, and so forth, plus prayers about shielding our children from the negative influences of BET.
Sure, I think we can all agree that BET is fucked up and that pop stars are not good role models. I agree that it’s a little odd to see a kid dancing in what is basically a sexualized and provocative manner. But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with a kid dancing and singing and playing around. Kids play at being grownups, and that includes dancing like the grownups they see on TV.
I mean, when I was about ten one of my favorite songs was “Darling Nikki.” I had no idea what it was about– I just knew it sounded good. When I tried to enter a summer-camp lip synch contest and do that, they wouldn’t let me and I didn’t know why. It was perfectly right for the counselors to stop me from doing that, but if they hadn’t it wouldn’t have meant anything. Only in retrospect, with adult knowledge, does that kind of behavior seem unwholesome. The kid dancing in the video has probably forgotten it, and moved on to playing Superman or Tyra Banks or cops and robbers.