Twerking Bears Sold At Walmart As Toys: Are These Appropriate For Children?
My cuties are 5 years, 4 months, 1 week & 2 days old.
Ever since Miley Cyrus’s on-stage ‘sexual display’ via simulation with Robin Thicke where she was popping, bouncing and practically grinding her goods right in front of the singer’s genitalia, twerking has become a common ‘dance’ among people both in real life and online. It’s a bend over and shake your booty sensation that has swept the nation. How far is too far for our kids though? I think we are a bit too close for comfort here, no?
My 9 year old didn’t learn about twerking from Miley Cyrus. She learned of it at school from other children that are allowed to watch more adult-like content on TV and You Tube, which are unfortunately many. I remember in second grade her telling me the big show that kids were watching in school was Family Guy. SECOND GRADE? I put the show on one time to see for myself, as it isn’t hard to find on while kids are still well awake (which is NOT cool), and holy smokes 😯 .. sexual topics came up after about 2 sentences!
This is why it’s no surprise to me that Miley’s dance is all the rage among so many young children who don’t even know that it is sexual just ‘funny’ and ‘amusing’. However, why are we now fueling this fire by creating a stuffed toy.. a teddy bear which is SUPPOSED to be an innocent memory of childhood and make it twerk like Miley? Was it really necessary? Do we really need our kids to be doing this at home or worse yet out in public?
If they start up with a commercial about these twerking bears I think most moms will be up in arms about it. I won’t deny that I think my daughter would want it because it would seem funny to her. She doesn’t yet see what’s wrong with the ‘dance’ if you want to call it that. About twerking in general I only say, ”It’s not a nice thing to do. It isn’t lady-like’. I’m leaving it at that for now. I’m not prepared to talk about sex with her yet. I’m trying to keep all of my children actual children for as long as humanly possible, though we can’t control society, TV nor the others they are around while they are out of our hands at school.
Even Minnie Mouse twerked at a child’s birthday party! Is nothing sacred?
Seriously though, if they aren’t trying to cater such a toy towards children then why are these bears being seen and sold in such a place as Walmart? That is a totally, family-friendly store. Are they looking for controversy? If not, it looks like they’re going to get it. Maybe they already have. I can see why. Parents don’t want to see this on store shelves in toy aisles while they are shopping with their kids. They sure as heck don’t want to see it on their children’s Christmas lists either.
If this is meant to be a more adult-friendly ‘spoof’ type of gift or toy.. fine. Put it in Spencer’s or some place else that proves it is for sale for older people, but not in our family stores. I mean the bear has an actual crack in his butt, and it moves up and down like crazy. I wouldn’t want a sexually charged teddy for my kids, nor for myself. They are meant to be soft, cuddly, innocent. Oh, and it comes in Panda form as well.
If you haven’t already seen these twerking bears in action then check out the video below, and as a parent let me know what you think.
Harmless toy or Oy-oy-oy? I’d love to get your two cents on this one.
The bear’s song is set to Pitbull & Austin Mahone’s song “Mmm Yeah.” Great song for the club.. 21+. And the t-shirt says, ‘SHAKE IT!’ And the panda? ”Big girl, come and back it up.”
I believe that toys like this have confirmed that society in general has become over-sexualized. Nowadays adult-like stuff that a generation ago was kept under wraps big time is becoming more and more mainstream for children, hence the outcome is that they are becoming sexualized too much too fast. Thoughts? Take our poll and let us know.
”I have a big sense of humor. I think these animals are somewhat cute and they are kind of funny (to me) for adults ONLY, though I do not want one. HOWEVER, not for our kids to try to imitate (and they will). They learn enough of that crap on their own, they don’t need toy companies giving them the go ahead to take things further, in my opinion 😉 .” – Mama P.