What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this program is basically a commercial for the dolls that fill the shelves in the toy aisle. The Bratz dress in skimpy clothes, totter around in high heels, and wear too much makeup. They all have tiny waists and collagen-enhanced lips and focus almost exclusively on fashion and appearance. There are no adults to provide proper boundaries in this unreal world.
What's the story?
BRATZ is based on the Bratz doll line. The Bratz in the show are best friends who tell each other "I am so here for you!" and "Tell me what's wrong, Pretty Princess." They attend Stiles High School and work on a fashion magazine outside of school.
Is it any good?
Bratz are the modern-day Barbie dolls whose vampy appearance has upset many parents seeking healthy role models for their daughters. Mind you, these dolls are marketed to tween girls, whose notions of womanhood are still being formed. But it gets worse. The TV show computer-animates these dolls, providing them with voice, a theme song, and a world where parents are absent and teens make all the rules. They wear so much makeup that they look like they loaded up on too many samples at the cosmetics counter.
In one episode, the Bratz are expected to put on a fashion show for their fashion class. The boys of the show contribute by singing a hip-hop song about hanging out and checking out "all the girls." The Bratz then triumphantly appear decked out in high boots and mini-skirts so skimpy that a faulty camera angle would make Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure seem innocent. Parents will absolutely want to screen this program to see if it's appropriate for their kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what fashion means. How much emphasis should be put on clothing? What's the difference between a healthy self image and an unhealthy obsession with appearance? Do the bodies of the Bratz girls look like the bodies of real girls?