Susanna Barrett

Pageant parents have become popular punching bags in America. However, one mom’s fighting back with a $30 million lawsuit against three media outlets for “brazenly attempt[ing] to sexualize” her 5-year-old daughter by posting a video of the girl performing LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” at the New York City night spot Libation.

Puppy boutique owner Susanna Barrett is bravely defending the good name of her daughter, Toddlers & Tiaras star Isabella Barrett, by suing TMZ.com, The Huffington Post, and London’s Daily Mail. Barrett filed the libel suit against the journalistic juggernauts in Manhattan Supreme Court late last month for scandalous online articles published about the girl, claiming “she was “˜gyrating’ at a “˜nightclub’ and singing “˜about her sex appeal.'”

Barrett is totally justified in seeking $30 million. The video clearly shows the kindergartner was actually sitting down in a nightclub/bistro while simply singing a song titled “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” How dare those monsters mischaracterize the actions of a 5-year-old donning a pink tutu and pancake makeup and singing a song touting self-awareness of one’s sexiness in an establishment that, according to its website, specializes in bachelorette parties?

Yes, if there was any thrusting, it was solely done by the media outlets in question.

“Isabella Barrett did not act or portray herself sexually, erotically, or provocatively,” Susanna Barrett claims in the court papers. “On the contrary, it is the defendants who, through their articles, have thrust these false and vulgar characteristics onto Isabella.”

Yes, if there was any thrusting, it was solely done by the media outlets in question.

“As a result,” Barrett’s suit goes on to assert, “Isabella is now perceived sexually, erotically, and pornographically,” and the articles “have placed Isabella in serious physical danger, attracting the attention of others who would seek to sexualize a child.”

Exactly. And if anyone knows about sexualizing a child, it’s Susanna Barrett. After all, she’s the one who pointed out to Isabella that the mother of a 3-year-old fellow pageant contestant dressed her little girl like a “hooker,” which Isabella promptly repeated to paparazzi waiting for her after a spray-tanning session.

Similarly, the reality show star simply “mimicked the disc jockey’s words,” Barrett’s suit contends.

“She did not understand the concept of sex, let alone “˜sex appeal,’ and could not have been singing about her own sex appeal,” the suit says.

Yes, just because Isabella is seen in the video excitedly bouncing up and down singing “I got a passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it, show it!” doesn’t mean she comprehends what she was saying. Isabella only did what she’s been trained to do: entertain the adults watching her perform. And if some of those adults are single, middle-aged men who are legally required to notify their new neighbors when they move, well, that’s their problem.

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