Bonds Baby the search for the meanest mum!

Nikki - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 32 moms have responded )

5,263

41

554

http://www.news.com.au/national/ugly-row...

THE search for the ultimate cute baby has descended into nastiness after mothers angry at a voting glitch started to launch cruel and racist attacks on other people's children.
The taunts transformed the Bonds Baby Search - all chubby cheeks and cuteness overload - into sheer ugliness as angry mothers took to the company's Facebook site.
Bonds yesterday posted a warning on its Facebook page that any bullying comments and negative remarks about children would be removed, adding that it was supposed to be a fun event. But at least one mum has sent some of the comments to police.
Pippa Taylor was floored when someone posted a comment on a picture of her Eurasian daughter Lilli, saying "Bonds Australia not Asia".
"It's almost like an American beauty pageant where the women get their claws out," Ms Taylor said.
Another mum complained on the Bonds Bumps & Baby Facebook page that someone had commented on a picture of her daughter, saying: "A child only a mother could love". Another baby was called an "ugly duckling."
Ms Taylor, of Brisbane, said she was stunned at the racial comments made about two-year-old Lilli.
"I just think it's atrocious. It is meant to be just some fun and for a whole heap of mums, and fathers as well, to put their babies up because they think their babies are gorgeous.
"They are. All babies are gorgeous," she said.
The drama started when voting for the People's Choice component of competition began on Monday and parents used social networking sites to direct friends and family to vote for their baby, leaving the website unable to cope.
The number of entries sky-rocketed from 17,000 last year to 52,000 this year.
Organisers admitted the website was only made to cope with about 34,000 entries.
"In a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday we had 501,000 visits to the site and that is just massive," a Bonds spokesman said yesterday.
When the website went into meltdown it allowed people to vote for some babies but not others, leading to angry comments on the Bonds Facebook page.
The website's voting section was down from late Tuesday until about 6pm yesterday.
Although all the negative Facebook comments were removed, some parents are so angry they plan to pull their babies out of the competition. "It's just a shame a few people have chosen to make negative comments when 52,000 families have entered because they are proud of their baby," the Bond spokesman said.
The competition has run since 2006, but this is the first People's Choice component.
The finalists will be announced later this month.
From that list 10 babies will be chosen to feature in a Bonds marketing campaign.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/ugly-row...


Why would mother's feel the need to be so cruel and rude about other peoples children? Are they taking this competition too seriously or are they just mean?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Katherine - posted on 03/02/2011

65,420

232

4956

Both. Good God, that just goes to show WHY kids shouldn't be in pageants! It's too competitive, it's psychologically messing them up, it's making the parents nuts and to me it's just plain wrong.

Pippa - posted on 03/05/2011

1

1

0

I think everyone is missing the point! Let's put the comp aside for a few seconds..... Babies were Racially Vilified and bullied on a very very innocent forum as a baby search comp. Who cares if you think that parents need this to validate themselves externally!!!! Look at the real issue here..... Racial slurs and bullying should not be condoned in any forum whether it be a Baby Search Comp, a Pageant, child's sporting event, ballet recital, spelling Bee etc The more people go on about the "Pageant Mums" the more the real point is missed!

Racial Vilifying and bullying people is wrong and should not be tolerated!!!!

Rochelle - posted on 03/10/2011

11

5

0

I believe the parents who made nasty comments children should be eliminated and their votes withdrawn....but first they need to invest in a better program developer...

Nikki - posted on 03/02/2011

5,263

41

554

I hate them too, EVERYONE I know that has a baby on fb has them entered at the moment, I am sick to death of the stupid links popping up.

I never understand the point of these competitions, I can't understand why mother's want to enter their children? So they can get gratification if they win? I think it's all very shallow.

Aside from the fact that I KNOW my daughter is the most gorgeous baby in the world ;p I don't need others to validate this. Plus I would worry about the whackos out there getting hold of my babies photo's eeewww. I know that they can steal my profile picture even though my account is secure but still it's different than putting your child out on display for thousands of strangers to judge.

The behaviour of these women is disgusting, we wonder why so many children have behaviour problems, maybe because they have terrible role models as parents.

Jodi - posted on 03/02/2011

26,174

36

3891

I saw this on the news this morning. Those women should be ashamed of themselves. It's disgusting. It's also one of the reasons I SOOOOO detest these competitions, pageants, you name it. While it is *supposed* to be about the children, it never actually is.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

32 Comments

View replies by

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

2,683

36

93

People who would say mean things about a baby or child are insecure ass-holes. I saw all the drama on the J&J Canada Baby page, and I found it amusing that people were all upset about the lady who had her Farmville friends voting for her, especially considering that the votes were not the deciding factor. One of the babies who won (there were 66 prizes awarded) only had a couple of votes.

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2011

35

16

1

Some of the competitions offer financial rewards...so I can understand a lot of people wanting to enter in the hopes that a picture could improve their finances...but people do get completely crazy with this. I think it's just best to throw it up there...invite friends...and leave it at that...if the pic wins....great...if not...it's not the end of the world.

Shahana - posted on 03/10/2011

18

27

2

I thought all the babies were super cute,I think some ppl just can't get rid of the mean wicked bone in them. Come on ppl we are moms n our kids are the future generation the world is already too much going on we have to raise good human beings which we need

Shahana - posted on 03/10/2011

18

27

2

I thought all the babies were super cute,I think some ppl just can't get rid of the mean wicked bone in them. Come on ppl we are moms n our kids are the future generation the world is already too much going on we have to raise good human beings which we need

Amy - posted on 03/10/2011

5

19

0

i would never ever put a child down. that is so cold. these parents that posted nasty comments should be kicked from the pagent and possibly bar'd from entering any others. this is disturbing

Laura - posted on 03/10/2011

1

0

0

I cannot believe a mother with her own child can be so vicious to another mothers child. I think anyone who is making heartless comments about another child should be thrown out of the contest. This is coming from me. A person with no children. These parents want to act like an idiot they should be treated like an idiot.

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

5

26

0

This happened after Gerber chose their newest baby with a contest too. Mom's are showing their true colors when they're able to say such nasty things about a child. Its really too bad.

Crystal - posted on 03/10/2011

4

0

0

and I have to disagree with Pippa Taylor statement this isnt like a American beauty pageant the people competing in them are grown women not babies and their not trash talking on websites

Tarina - posted on 03/10/2011

192

50

13

There's nothing wrong with entering your kid(s) in a photo contest to show the world how cute your kids are. EVERY parent should be proud of their kids throughout their lives, and starting them off with a boost of self esteem for being entered (winners or not) in a cute competition is a good thing I think. The negative spin put on it by parents is what makes it something ugly. Not all parents are looking to live through their children, and being in a competition wont make your children conceited and spoiled. Bad parenting does that. Your children can know they are cute/attractive/whatever and still grow up as humble, confident person. Its ALL in how they are raised, not whether or not they win a competition online. Personally, I entered my twins into the facebook cute twin photo contest because I love my girls, and I want other people to have a chance to scroll through some photos and get 5 minutes of smiles in what could have been an otherwise crappy day. Looking at cute babies makes people smile. Its that simple. Dont worry about why other people enter the competitions, just worry about why YOU do, or dont :) Judging the parents intentions is silly. Nowhere near as bad as judging (and belittling) the kids, but still wrong.

Nelly - posted on 03/10/2011

6

6

0

No kid is ever ugly, every child has it's own qualities.... That's what makes them cute and adorable, I think those mothers just need to grow up a bit, and enjoy life

Christie - posted on 03/10/2011

13

11

0

I resent the fact that all mums who entered their babies have been put in the same basket here, I entered my son and yes I put it on facebook but I would never dream of critsising another child, infact I have voted for about 20 other babies aswell as my own. When I read these articles about the fighting I couldn't believe it but to come on here and read more bitching that affects me personally is disgusting.

Crystal - posted on 03/10/2011

4

0

0

Why even have contests like this all babies are beautiful?When you promote contests like this you are in essence saying one child looks better than the other its pointless all children are gifts from God and beautiful.The moms had issues evidently to lash out at children you can't get any more ignorant than that.

Genevieve - posted on 03/10/2011

14

14

0

There was a similar issue with the Johnson's Johnson baby contest earlierthis month. Some parents were using bribery with their games, telling people if they go vote for their daughter they would give them items, in that said games!

Marie - posted on 03/10/2011

7

15

1

I didn't need a contest to tell me my kids were beautiful, they were, and still are today. It's a shame that disrespectful, hateful and vindictive people have to try to ruin something considered "fun" for other people because they want their kid to win.

Ashley - posted on 03/10/2011

12

21

1

I hope that the people who made negative comments were disqualified. That is such a shame... all babies are beautiful... they are God's creation

Stefanie - posted on 03/10/2011

23

8

1

ah it was like that on the Johnson & Johnson baby contest too.. there were mothers saying others babies were ugly, that just looking at their baby made them want to puke! It was disgusting

Lysandra - posted on 03/10/2011

14

18

0

This is just disgusting behaviour, how can a mother be a mother and not automatically adore all babies just for being babies! I can't even begin to think of any child as ugly!
Children follow in their parents footsteps so tread lightly!

Cherish - posted on 03/10/2011

74

16

1

wow people are so catty its sad. Pageants and contests for children are just sick. they should be out playing and enjoying themselves not being forced into completion. And you know what really irks me? When parents put makeup on 4 and 5 years old. Thats just sick. Making there daughter look like little hookers. Im sorry but thats the way they look. Some of those kids wear wear more makeup then I do. I guess those girls arent just ebautiful enough natural, you have to hide there faces

Bonnie - posted on 03/07/2011

4,813

22

257

I saw on one of these types of shows a mother was being interviewed and she said, "this is why I wanted a daughter and I got one." She wanted a daughter to enter into contests and pagents. I think that is so wrong, hurtful, and ignorant.

Erin - posted on 03/06/2011

6,569

25

232

Ugh. This is precisely why I resisted entering my daughter in any baby contests. I was randomly approached twice by people wanting to 'sign her up' to a local modelling agency when she was a baby. My Mum was so excited. Everyone though I should do it. But I refused. I couldn't think of anything worse than showing up to an audition and having my baby torn apart by some wannabe stage mum. Not to mention the message it sends that I would have been trading on my daughter's looks.

These bitches trolling through the other contestants need a kick in the head. So rude, obnoxious and unnecessary.

Karen - posted on 03/05/2011

178

0

23

I have to take issue with a comment both in the OP and in some of the responses - that all babies are gorgeous/beautiful. Nope. I will volunteer my own daughter who looked like a troll doll both when she was born and for her first 18mo of life. She was UGLY and is just now getting to the point of cute (in her own odd way). When people wanted to see her in her carseat (I always had her covered in a blanket) I would warn them first. And yep, they would gasp then say something lame like, "Oh, wow, look at that hair/eyes!" What they meant was, "Please cover that thing back up!!!"

OK, back to your regularly scheduled debate, lol.

Pageants are ridiculous, parents are ridiculous who have their kids in them, and the behavior exhibited by the immature parents in this case is disgusting.

Stifler's - posted on 03/05/2011

15,141

154

597

Pippa... they weren't condoned. They were deleted. The whole issue is the competitions, they're about looks. Of course people are going to make cruel and immature remarks about the appearance of other babies... they want their kid to win.

Tara - posted on 03/05/2011

2,567

14

107

Pageants in general whether they are for babies, toddlers. children, teens or adults are just stupid.
This is proof of that. I would bet there has never been one pageant ever that went off without some mom or some grandmother or some kid or some commentator or someone somewhere making some wise ass stupid crack about the contestant based on what?? Looks.
Stupid. When will we teach our children that looks are just packaging?
Dumb to begin with and now dumber that the moms got their panties in a bunch.

Lacye - posted on 03/05/2011

2,011

31

160

Some people are disgusting little snot rags who have nothing better to do than talk shit about small children who can't take up for themselves. Like the woman said, all babies are beautiful. They are all special.

Bonnie - posted on 03/05/2011

4,813

22

257

Ugh it seriously feels like some of these moms do it for themselves, like they are the ones in competition.

Stifler's - posted on 03/02/2011

15,141

154

597

Eugh. The whole thing is getting ridiculously annoying. VOTE FOR MY KID! 1000 times on Facebook, on everyone's wall, on their status. You can't trust bogans to be mature about things like this. I didn't enter my kid. Babies don't care about being in competitions, the parents are living vicariously through their young and it's just wrong. It's liek politics, they think badmouthing the competition will score them points. I want to vote for the Asian baby 1 million times so none of the idiots can win.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms