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Dolly Parton, the 4-year-old version, on ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’

Just when you think reality television has sunk as low as it’s possible to sink without high-grade drilling equipment, along comes the recent episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras.”

The TLC series — about little girls attempting to act like grown-up glamour pusses and being rewarded for it — is predicated on the notion that treating one’s daughters like mini-Miss Universes is comical and, often, unseemly. But during last night’s episode, one mom (and toddler pageant veteran) pushed things way too far by dressing her 4-year-old daughter like Dolly Parton, complete with fake breasts and padding for her posterior.

Even the girl’s stylist, a person who makes a living by slathering lip gloss on rugrats, found it disturbing.

“I wasn’t a big fan of the outfit with the boobs in it,” he says.

Prepare to be horrified:

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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