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Hello Ms. Cookson could you tell if the following is at all accurate?:
everyone who thinks the kid is "better off" because her mother is dead is a god-damned idiot.
Do none of you have enough critical thinking to realize what a documentary is, the entire thing is edited to make the point of view of the writer/author whatever they want their audience to take away from it, these pageants have been cast in the shadow of the death of jean benet ramsey and the author meant to capitalize on that curiosity, so Robin is made to seem an over-bearing and unloving cattle prodder, when in fact it probably couldn't further from the truth, her daughter expressed a desire to be in pageants because she saw them on TV and began dancing around and after her first defeat her mother started to train her to compete because her daughter wanted to, Swan did all the normal things kids do in addition to going to pageants that she wanted to compete in, the estimation of 70,000 dollars is over a two year span that includes gas for the car, all wardrobe, hotels that were used as vacations for the entire family, lost overtime at one of robin's jobs and many sacrifices to give her child the make up and glitter and right fit on the dress that she needed.
anybody with half a brain can see that this documentary was edited in a manner consistent with the documentary maker's own pre-conceived notions and/or desire to make money by being as controversial as possible.
anyone who watches this film and comes to the conclusion that Robin didn't love and guide and teach all of her children or wasn't a good mother is an absolutely uncritical thinker, has fallen exactly where the director/author of this documentary wanted you too. Please think about what this you are watching, really seriously think about it, the atmosphere of the documentary is one of relentless focus on the documentary as if this was all anyone connected the pageants lives were about. this is simply not the case. this is every bit as normal an activity as soccer/ tap dancing or teeball. these children's parents are the same as anybody elses, they love their kids anyone who pushes them to succeed do the same thing when it comes to their schooling or athletics or anything else, if their is a character flaw in the way the parent goes about it thats just the way they are, perhaps there are some weirdos when it comes to pushing a kid to thinkgs exactly right, but that is not endemic to pageants, its across the board in life-thats the way some parents are right or wrong. But the world of pageants does not engender that nor attract that. the author/director of this "documentary" had an axe to grind, to any critical thinking individual that is clear, watch this "documentary" again, how many narrative questions do you hear? none-the prompts have been erased. ask yourself why?
Robin was a good mother, who worked hard to provide for her kids, the reason why her eldest son had such a hard time is because he had no father, no male role model to guide him, single mothers everywhere have trouble with their teen age boys and it is because of that same reason. It is such frickin shame the way people had to treat this family after this "documentary" came out, anyone who did should be ashamed of themselves, and that woman who wrote/directed this "documentary" sure should be real proud of her opportunistic piece of "art" don't you think?