Kathleen A. Lawrence
Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had her paper titled “Tiaras, Tantrums and Toe Shoes: Reality Television Programs that Illuminate Stage Moms & Kiddie Fame” competitively selected for presentation at the January 2012 Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Arts & Humanities. Lawrence’s paper served as discussion for the new trend in reality television that exposes the contemporary version of the age-old stereotypical stage mom. Most of their daughters are filmed crying their way to Warhol’s prophetic “15 minutes of fame.” Exhausted, erratic and overexposed, these girls are often being pushed to perform as young as the age of 18 months. Lawrence focused on how this proliferation of shows reflects a preoccupation in our culture with celebrity at any cost and at any age.