“How much for the little girl?”

This past weekend away has me more convinced than ever that entity-ownership of children is a way of life that will never change.

Not only was I forced to sit through seeing Chinese Olympic gymnasts (who all looked no older than 10-years-old and were probably competing using falsifield birth certificates) absolutely dominate their events, but I was also forced to sit through Disney and Nickelodeon programming.

I fully expect an authoritarian communist government to force athletic adults to breed and then remand the children they produce to government custody, only to be placed into Olympic training warehouses before they can even walk.

(It probably happens elsewhere more sneakily, too…)

But I think it’s the consumer community at large who’s at fault for the exploitation of children by these childrens’ networks and other evil geniuses, like the one dude who orchestrated all those boy bands in the ’90s. From the ol’ skool Mickey Mouse Club to contemporary pre-packaged spectacles like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, it’s a simple formula:

Find children with an apparent ability to act and/or sing, pay off the parents, essentially take guardianship of the children, enroll the kids in truly useless real-world classes like voice and acting lessons, put them on TV, and give them movies, albums, and concerts.

And, of course, since kids within the general population everywhere don’t know any better than to embrace and get excited about whatever Disney and Nickelodeon are force-feeding them, the potential for success and profit with these pre-packaged stars is pretty high without being too much of a risk. More money and acclaim for the adults pulling the strings!

If this were to stop, which probably won’t happen, parents probably need to reject these child stars and refuse to allow their kids to all but overdose on them.