These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Toddlers And Tiaras
Bile Fascination: There are few other reasons to watch something so emotionally draining.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For all of the parents on this show, who care more about looks and winning than their own children. This can also apply to some of the more bratty children.
Memetic Mutation: Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, particularly after the "go-go juice" incident went viral.
"A dolla makes me holla, Honey Boo Boo child!"
Strawman Has a Point: Danielle, the epitome of what's wrong with these pageants and a bit of a darling of the producers because her huge tantrums bring huge ratings, made a great point when a one-year-old won the grand prize. Yes, a baby that was just carried on and off stage beat everyone else. What did Mackenzie say? "It's just a baby. She didn't even do nothin'." Many viewers agreed.
A very flamboyant judge said that he hates it when the wigs look too obviously fake (usually due to being too big or unbalanced), like someone just "stuck a poodle to the back of their kid's head!"
Uncanny Valley: It's underaged girls wearing skimpy clothes, lots of makeup, weird hair styles, and spray-on tans.What did you expect?
The spray tans turn into Nightmare Fuel if they're being applied to a baby or toddler. There's just so much crying and screaming...
One of the episodes featured half-siblings - Braxton and Alaska. Their mother said that she considered Braxton to be more beautiful than Alaska, because he was a biracial child, and Alaska was Caucasian. The phrasing and manner of her words seemed oddly fetishistic, as though all mattered in race was beauty.