Throughout the United States there’s an increasing interest towards beauty pageants for kids, as parents push their children from toddler age to compete. JonBenet Ramsey became famous not necessarily for her achievements in the world of beauty pageants, but for being murdered in her own home in Boulder Colorado at only six years old. Her father, John Ramsey is now on tour promoting his new book and warning against beauty pageants for kids.
John Ramsey made an appearance on ABC News this Tuesday to talk about his new book, “The Other Side of Suffering”. The book presents his long time ordeal that began with the murder of his six years old daughter and then the death of his wife, taken away by ovarian cancer.
As the host started digging in the subject, she began her introduction mentioning the wide focus that beauty pageants for kids enjoy today. Take for instance TLC’s reality show called “Toddlers and Tiaras”. John Benet simply replied that such reality shows and today’s beauty pageants are simply “disturbing”.
He said: “It’s very bizarre. And certainly–Patsy and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way. They just did it for fun”. Plus, besides the overall costs and drama when titles aren’t won, John Ramsey pointed out there’s one aspect of entering kids in beauty pageants that many don’t think off as being a big risk. Such contests are big on putting children on public display. Although not mean intended, the truth is that beauty pageants might attract people with suspicious behavior that could end up in choosing their next target from the kids on display there.
“I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display” he confessed.
John Ramsey believes that beauty pageants are what brought the killer’s attention over his family and daughter. “Only because – that possibly might have drawn attention to us” he said and added that parents should be able to acknowledge that evil could be around them, regardless of where they live. He asked them not to be naïve about it and keep their children protected.
JonBenet Ramsey’s killer hasn’t been caught yet. Her parents have been considered suspects for about 12 years until the Boulder district attorney cleared the charges.